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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: West Virginia state seal © 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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.

West Virginia

  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 169,000 West Virginia jobs with customers in 152 countries and territories buying West Virginia-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $11.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $1.6 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

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

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $120,000 to the West Virginia economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) 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 your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Terry Davidson): 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, including 12 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 5 West Virginia families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 61 Brazilian students studied at Concord University, Marshall University and West Virginia University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in 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»

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

  • Partnerships

    • West Virginia welcomed 25 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 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»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves West Virginia and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

    • The Department facilitates the West Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1996 with Peru. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 30,069 passports were issued to West Virginia residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department accepts passport applications through 62 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in West Virginia. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 27 overseas adoptions for West Virginia families in 2012. 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»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s D.C. Field Office serves West Virginia: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

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