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Appointment Eligible Family Member & U.S. Veteran Hiring Preference

Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) and U.S. Veteran Hiring Preference

In accordance with State Department policy, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference in the selection process. If these individuals meet all the essential criteria as outlined on the job advertisement, they will be selected for assessment. If the AEFM or U.S. Veteran demonstrates that they meet the essential requirements for the position during the assessment, they will be selected for that position.

Applications from other (non-preference) candidates will ONLY be considered if preference candidates do not demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria on paper, or at assessment. The essential selection criteria of a vacancy is specified in the job announcement/advertisement of the position.

If you have AEFM or U.S. Veteran hiring preference, it is YOUR responsibility to demonstrate this at the time of application. If you fail to provide the information detailed below, preference will NOT be given.

If you are an AEFM identify yourself as such on your application and please provide a copy of your sponsor’s orders. To qualify as an AEFM you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

✔ a U.S. citizen;
✔ a spouse or dependent, who is at least age 18;
✔ listed on the travel orders of a U.S. citizen Foreign or Civil Service employee or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under Chief of Mission authority;
✔ a resident at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad
✔ does not receive a U.S. government annuity or pension based on a career in the U.S. Civil or Foreign Service.

Please note, an application from an AEFM or Same Sex Domestic Partner (SSDP) who has yet to arrive at Post, will be considered for a vacant position only if they are scheduled to arrive at Post and be available to start work in the position within three months of the closing date of the applicable job advertisement.

Please note that being a spouse or dependent of a private U.S. citizen, working and living in the UK, does not qualify you as an Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM), for the purposes of preference in the Mission hiring process.

If you are claiming U.S. Veteran preference in the hiring process, you MUST, include your DD-214 - Member 4 or Member 2.  If a DD-214 - Member 4 or Member 2 is not provided at the time of application, preference will not be given.

As of April 1, 2014, any U.S. veteran who accepts a locally recruited position abroad may not invoke Veteran’s preference again with the same agency at the same post.

EXCEPTION:  Any preference-eligible veteran employed before April 1, 2014 may invoke the Veterans’ Hiring Preference once more with the same agency.

This policy:  (a) ensures all veterans are treated fairly and uniformly at all posts, (b) brings greater parity to the treatment of preference eligible veterans hired abroad and domestically (c) ensures U.S. Eligible Family Members (U.S. EFMs) are not adversely affected by a policy or lack of one that gives veterans more access to job opportunities abroad than they might have elsewhere in the federal government.

Further details about Veterans’ Preference eligibility can be found at Veteran Frequently Asked Questions.