Martin Oppus


Martin Oppus, representing the US Department of State, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2018–19 at the Hoover Institution.

Martin Oppus joined the Department of State in March 2000. A career diplomat, he was most recently the deputy consular chief at the US Consulate General in Mumbai, India—one of the busiest consular sections in the Foreign Service. Prior to that, he served as the office director for the Bureau of Public Affairs' Office of Broadcast Services in Washington, DC, where he helped increase its digital distribution capacity. As a consular officer, he has served at the US Embassy in Manila and at the US consulates general in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Before joining the State Department, he was a producer at PDI/DreamWorks Animation in California. He holds a bachelor of arts in radio/TV from San Jose State University and considers San Jose, California, home.

His research at the Hoover Institution focused on Pacific Rim issues.

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Analysis and Commentary

Why Trump's Immigration Bonds Proposal Won't Work

by Martin Oppusvia Politico
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A foreign service officer says the president's right to pay attention to people overstaying their visas, but he’s pushing a stale idea.

Analysis and Commentary

Halt H-1B Visa Fraud By Empowering Consular Officers

by Martin Oppusvia The Hill
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stories about foreign workers in the tech sector have been featured prominently in the media. These stories have usually referred to this group as H-1B workers — referring to the specific visa class authorizing their employment here.