The Federal Government offers several hiring programs for family members of federal employees, or uniformed service members, who are working or have worked overseas.
Hiring options depend on whether you’re currently working overseas and are planning to come back to the United States, or if you’re planning to go overseas with a family member who has an official overseas assignment.
If you’re currently overseas with a family member, and moving back to the United States, you may be eligible for a competitive service job without having to compete with the public, if you meet all of the following:
If you’re eligible, you can:
The Department of State calls this hiring path "Family Member Preference".
If you’re moving overseas, because a family member has been assigned to an overseas duty of station, you may be eligible to apply for overseas jobs with the Federal Government. There are a couple of options available.
You may be eligible for an overseas job if you meet the following:
If you’re a family member of someone who works for the Department of State, you may be eligible for overseas jobs if you meet the following:
If you’re a military annuitant, and you meet the above criteria, you’re eligible to apply under FMA. However, if you’re a civil service annuitant, you’re not eligible.
Your eligibility does not entitle you to a job within the Federal Government. You must still apply and meet qualification standards and additional requirements, such as a background investigation.
In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. When a job is open to Family of overseas employees you’ll see this icon: There may be other groups listed that can also apply.
However, you need to read the full job announcement to see if the job falls under one of the Department of State or Department of Defense programs. These hiring programs have different requirements. You may see the terms Family Member Preference (FMP) or Family Member Appointment (FMA).
You can also select the Family of overseas employees filter in search. Your results will display all jobs open to family of overseas employees.
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