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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: West Virginia state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: West Virginia state flag © Public Domain

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West Virginia University ranks #1 in the state for having the highest number of enrolled foreign students during the 2011-2012 academic year. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

West Virginia

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 1,121 West Virginia exporters in 2013, 75% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, West Virginia exports totaled $7.5 billion. Those exports supported 35,822 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • West Virginia hosted 1,109 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $120,000 to the West Virginia economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $298,000 to West Virginia-based vendors in contractual support for security training. (DS) More»

    • West Virginia University received $16,547 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in West Virginia. (HR)

  • Education

    • 12 Scholars and Students from West Virginia were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Elise Kleinwaks): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 37 exchange visitors from overseas visited West Virginia and 57 West Virginia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 5 West Virginia families hosted U.S. Government funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 61 Brazilian students attended Concord University, Marshall University and West Virginia University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. West Virginia University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 25. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 30,069 (CA) More»

    • 62 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for West Virginia families in 2012: 27. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security D.C. Field Office serves West Virginia: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»

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