Eligibility

You’re eligible as long as you’re a U.S. citizen or national. Sometimes a non-U.S. citizen is eligible too.

For example, you can apply to these jobs if you’ve never worked for the Federal Government, currently work for the federal government but aren’t eligible for merit promotion, or you’re not sure.

Even if you’re eligible under one of the other hiring paths, you can still apply to jobs that are 'open to the public'.

How do I know a job is open to the public?

On the search results page, select the Open to the Public filter. Your results will display all jobs that are open to the public.

Each job announcement includes a Who May Apply section. When a job is open to the public the Who May Apply section may say “U.S. Citizens” or “United States Citizens”. There may be other groups listed that can also apply.

Required documents

Depending on the job, you may need to provide several different documents with your application. The How to Apply section in the job announcement will list any required documents. Learn about the different document types.