West Virginia

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

Fast Fact

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 and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In West Virginia, approximately 36,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports (2014) and foreign direct investment supported about 28,000 U.S. jobs (2013). This resulted in $5.7 billion in goods exports from West Virginia (2015). (EB) More»

    • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from West Virginia. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • West Virginia hosted 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 (INL) contributed more than $192,000 to the West Virginia economy through contracts and federal grants that 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»

    • Bluefield State College hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) 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

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

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the West Virginia Division of Corrections to bring over 100 international participants to the Annual Mock Prison Riot to participate in tactical exercises, skills competitions, and workshops. Participating countries include the Bahamas, Guatemala, Haiti, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Paraguay, Senegal, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia. (INL) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 23. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 32,483. (CA) More»

    • 62 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for West Virginia families in Fiscal Year 2014: 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 Washington, 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»