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A Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA) does not lead to onward employment in the State Department or conversion to another form of employment. The Consular Fellows Program is not an alternate entry method to the Foreign Service. A Consular Fellow in the Foreign Service is a distinctive opportunity to serve your country and can offer candidates who are considering a career in the Foreign Service first-hand insights and exploration of potential Foreign Service career paths.
Applicants for Consular Fellow positions must be available for posts world-wide and must speak/read Mandarin at the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Speaking 2/Reading 1 level. The rating scale for language testing can be found at http://www.govtilr.org.
Basic duties may include the following:
Obtaining information relevant to provision of consular services by interviewing individuals, reviewing on-line applicants' visa or passport application history, reviewing name searches for visa and passport applicants, and verifying information as necessary provided by applicants.
Processing visas or passport applications, including reviewing visa and passport issuance, report of birth, and other controlled records and supplies, determining and verifying required clearances prior to issuing visas or passports; and preparing visa revocations, security advisory opinions, and advisory opinions.
Making and reviewing decisions about visa or passport applications including adjudicating visa or passport applications by reviewing cases and applying relevant USG law, regulations, precedent, and relevant agreements, and cooperating with other agencies in applying laws and regulations related to visa applications.
Interacting with those applying for consular services, including explaining entry procedures to persons, dealing fairly but compassionately with all clients, including applicants refused visas, and communicating appropriately with visa applicants, their attorneys or congressional staff.
Investigating potentially fraudulent activities or claims, coordinating and cooperating with other agencies to prevent entry of ineligible aliens into the U.S., developing working relationships with appropriate in-country officials for the purpose of sharing and verifying information, providing documentation of consular decisions.
Using computers including Microsoft Office applications for word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), e-mail (Outlook), and presentations (Power Point), and specialized consular computer systems.
Preparing written materials, such as memos and status reports, as requested.
Communicating with and assisting Department of State colleagues, e.g., assisting colleagues on projects, serving rotationally as duty officer, attending meetings, and providing information on Consular activities and services as appropriate.
Managing Sensitive and/or Classified Information.
Other responsibilities may include:
Sharing day-to-day oversight of Locally Employed staff and/or Eligible Family Member employees.
Doing outreach, proactively representing the U.S. and U.S. policies abroad.
Participating on boards, committees, and task forces.
Interacting with foreign government officials.
Communicating with non-government groups.
Monitoring and reporting on developments of interest to the U.S. government.
Evaluating policies and procedures.
Assisting with other consular activities, including American Citizen Services, e.g., helping U.S. citizens, as necessary.
The Department of State will place language-qualified U.S. citizen Consular Fellows serving in Limited Non-Career Appointments (LNA) in language-specific positions. These Fellows will be fully professional members of embassy and consulate teams. Appointment as a Consular Fellow, however, does not provide expedited, alternate, preferential, or otherwise special access into either the Department of State Foreign Service or the Department of State Civil Service – these appointments do not lead to onward employment with the Department of State or with the U.S. government. Consular Fellows may apply to become Foreign Service Specialists or Generalists, as well as Civil Service employees, but they must meet all applicable qualifications and complete the standard application and assessment processes.
A Consular Fellow who issues a visa for admission to the United States is required by law to personally certify in writing that he or she has performed the necessary visa lookout check, a process that includes (but is not limited to) reviewing returns from Facial Recognition checks and from Automated Biometric Identification and Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System fingerprint clearances; checking the Consular Lookout and Support System and other appropriate post records; and reviewing nonimmigrant visa and immigrant visa case notes and any other post files for information that would render an applicant ineligible for a visa.
Service time and benefits earned as a Consular Fellow can be counted as federal employment, and credited towards federal retirement eligibility.
Consular Fellows who may subsequently enter the Foreign Service as Entry Level Generalists are still required to fulfill the consular service requirement.
Periodic service rotating as an embassy or consulate duty officer requires a 24/7 commitment, typically for a one-week period of time.
Successful candidates who earn a job offer must be able to pass the Basic Consular Training Course. Failure to successfully complete this training would constitute grounds for separation.
Occasional travel - LNAs serve in the country specified and may be assigned to or perform Temporary Duty Travel overseas, and at times, live away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet the requirements and understand a Foreign Service Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA).
Applicants may not reapply for one year after a previous application for the same position.
If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except denials for Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates based solely on the SA requirements.)
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