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How to filter results by who may apply

Some federal jobs are open to the general public — meaning any U.S. citizen can apply. But, some federal jobs are only open to eligible current or former federal civilian employees or people who may be eligible under a unique hiring path. You can filter your job search results to only show you jobs that meet your specific eligibility criteria.

Open to the Public

If you select this option, you will only see jobs open to the public.

Select this option if you’ve never worked for the federal government and you are a:

  • U.S. citizen or
  • National or individual who owes allegiance to the U.S.

Who is a National or individual who owes allegiance to the U.S.?

Most federal jobs require you to be a U.S. citizen, but there are some exceptions for nationals and individuals who owe allegiance to the U.S., including those from the American Samoa and Swain Islands. The Who May Apply section of each job announcement lists whether the job is open to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

Learn more about employment of non-U.S. citizens.

Federal employees

If you select this option, you’ll see jobs open to the general public AND jobs that are only open to the eligible groups listed below. You may see jobs that you can’t apply for based on eligibility. For example, some agencies may post a job that is only open to current agency employees.

Select this option if you are:

A current or former federal civilian employee

A Veteran

  • Eligible for veterans’ preference or separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years ,or more, of continuous military service.

An individual who falls under one of the following groups:

  • Military spouses
  • Former overseas employees
  • Individuals with a disability
  • Peace Corp or AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni

If you fall under one of the groups listed above, you may or may not be eligible for each job listed in your search results. You must read the Who May Apply section of the job announcement to determine if you are eligible to apply.

Learn more about which jobs you are eligible to apply for.

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