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Embassy Jobs: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I don't have a Social Security Number. What do I write down on the application?
  2. Do I have to fill out an application?
  3. I'm Egyptian. Can I work at the U.S. Embassy?
  4. I'm American. Can I work at the U.S. Embassy?
  5. The job vacancy has closed. Can I still send my application?
  6. Today is the vacancy closing date. Can I bring the application to the U.S. Embassy in person?
  7. I sent my application by fax. Will you call me if it is not properly transmitted?
  8. I sent my application by post. Could you tell me if you received it?
  9. Can I send the application by e-mail?
  10. When do jobs typically open at the U.S. Embassy?
  11. There is no vacancy announcement at this time. May I send in a general resume?
  12. When will I hear the results?
  13. If I am selected, how soon will I start?
  14. I don't have my college diploma. Do I need to send a copy?
  15. Do I get paid in Egyptian pound or U.S. Dollars?
  16. Why is the listed U.S. Dollar salary so much less then the salary stated in Egyptian pound?
  17. I currently live outside of Egypt. May I still apply?
  18. There is more than one job open. May I apply to both?
  19. The DS-174 asks me to list the credit hours at university, but my university soesn't use that system. What do I do?
  20. I am a student looking for a meaningful experience during my summer vacation. Does the Embassy have any internships open?
  21. I am an American citizen with strong international experience. I would like to talk with someone about a career in the Foreign Service.
  22. May I send in an Arabic the resume?
  23. The Vacancy Announcement states that "Completion of secondary school is required." What is secondary school?
  24. Are the U.S. Embassy Cairo vacancies considered U.S. Government federal jobs?
  25. I live in New York. Can I fax my application on the closing date from New York?
  26. Do I need to list my citizenship in my application?
  27. Should I include a photo on my Application?
  28. Should I include personal information in my application?
  29. If I want hand deliver my CV. Do I have to come in person?
  30. When can I come and deliver my Application?




Q: I don't have a Social Security Number. What do I write down on the application?

A: Please write "N/A" in any box that does not apply. Please do not leave any blanks on the application.


Q: Do I have to fill out an application?

A:We only accept the application.


Q: I'm Egyptian. Can I work at the U.S. Embassy?

A: The U.S. Mission to Egypt can employ any person with the legal right to work in Egypt. This includes Egyptian citizens, permanent residents, spouses or children of Egyptian nationals and long-term residents. The U.S. Mission to Egypt does not sponsor work visas.


Q: I'm American. Can I work at the U.S. Embassy?

A: To work as a locally employed staff member of the U.S. Mission to Egypt, an American citizen must have the legal right to work in Egypt. This includes permanent residents in Egypt, spouses or children of Egyptian nationals, and long-term residents. The U.S. Mission to Egypt can also employ American citizens listed on diplomatic orders or those with a SOFA sponsor. Those U.S. citizens interested in a career with the Foreign Service should visit www.careers.state.gov.


Q: The job vacancy has closed. Can I still send my application?

A: U.S. Government procedures are very strict. No applications may be accepted after the closing date.


Q: Today is the vacancy closing date. Can I bring the application to the U.S. Embassy in person?

A:Yes. All applications posted by the closing date will be accepted.


Q: I sent my application by fax. Will you call me if it is not properly transmitted?

A: The U.S. Embassy Human Resources Office does not provide this service. Those applicants concerned about the clarity of their transmission should send their application by mail or courier service.


Q: I sent my application by post. Could you tell me if you received it?

A: The U.S. Embassy Human Resources Office does not provide this service. Those applicants concerned whether or not their application reached the U.S. Embassy should send their application by registered mail or courier service.


Q: Can I send the application by e-mail?

A:Only where vacancies are available.


Q: There is no vacancy announcement at this time. May I send in a general resume?

A: The U.S. Embassy has no procedure for receiving general resumes. All applications that do not reference a specific vacancy announcement are discarded.


Q: When do jobs typically open at the U.S. Embassy?

A: There is no particular vacancy season at the U.S. Embassy or any of the affiliated consulates. Vacancies are filled as they arise. The Human Resources Office recommends bookmarking the website for periodic review.


Q: When will I hear the results?

A: Applicants who are not invited to an interview will not be contacted. Depending on work schedules, it sometimes takes up to 2 months to schedule interviews.


Q: If I am selected, how soon will I start?

A: Selected candidates will receive a conditional offer. This offer is contingent upon the receipt of medical and security clearances. Clearance procedures require an average of one month's time.


Q: I don't have my college diploma. Do I need to send a copy?

A: Applicants should strive to provide as complete a record as possible. It is not necessary, however, to provide a copy of a diploma or test score to be rated qualified by the Human Resources Office.


Q: Do I get paid in Egyptian pounds or U.S. Dollars?

A: Employees are paid in the currency of the country where they are "ordinarily resident" before employment as a Locally Employed Staff with the U.S. Mission to Egypt. Please see the definitions listed below.

Ordinarily Resident (OR): A citizen of Egypt or a citizen of another country who has shifted the main residency focus to Egypt and has the required residency permits for employment in country.

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): American citizens who are eligible family members of Foreign Service, General Service, and Uniformed Service members, listed on the travel orders, and come under Chief of Mission authority, or other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities. This includes family members under Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) status.


Q: Why is the listed U.S. Dollar salary so diffrent than the salary stated in Egyptian pounds?

A: Applicants who come under the "NOR" definition already receive other benefits from the U.S. Government.


Q: I currently live outside of Egypt. May I still apply?

A: Yes. All applicants who have the legal right to work in Egypt may apply. The U.S. Embassy will have a short listed applicants to be seated for the required tests. If selected, the U.S. Government will not provide assistance to candidates who must move to Egypt to begin work. The candidate must make all arrangements themselves and pay all expenses incurred.


Q: There is more than one job open. May I apply to both?

A: Yes. Please send one application for each job, clearly stating on each the job for which it was submitted.


Q: The DS-174 asks me to list the credit hours at university, but my university doesn't use that system. What do I do?

A: Please type N/A in those boxes. Please be certain to fill in the dates, type of degree earned, and Chief Undergraduate (or Graduate) Subjects.


Q: I am a student looking for a meaningful experience during my summer vacation. Does the Embassy have any internships open?

A: The U.S. Embassy does not accept interns locally. U.S. citizen university students interested in internships should visit the State Department career info website www.careers.state.gov for information on fall, spring, and summer internships. Security clearances and other processing create a long lead-time between applying and beginning the internship. We urge qualified candidates to consider applying early.


Q: I am an American citizen with strong international experience. I would like to talk with someone about a career in the Foreign Service.

A: All Foreign Service Direct-Hire staffing is administered by the Department of State offices in Washington D.C. U.S. citizens seeking information about a rewarding career as either a Specialist or Officer with the Foreign Service will find the most up-to-date information at: www.careers.state.gov. The U.S. Embassy encourages all eligible citizens to take the Foreign Service Written Exam, administered at the U.S. Embassy Cairo each year.


Q: May I send in an Arabic resume?

A: The U.S. Embassy Human Resources Office will only review information submitted in English.


Q: The Vacancy Announcement states that "Completion of secondary school is required." What is secondary school?

A: Secondary school equals a high school or a school of corresponding grade, ranking between primary school and a college or university. It is always a good idea to include high school information on all applications.


Q: Are the U.S. Embassy Cairo vacancies considered U.S. Government federal jobs?

A: No, all jobs announced for Locally Employed Staff positions at the U.S. Embassy are considered contract positions.


Q: I live in New York. Can I fax my application on the closing date from New York?

A: Please remember that all dates listed on the vacancy announcements are in Cairo time.


Q: Do I need to list my citizenship in my application?

A: Yes. Please list your citizenship and your visa status in Egypt. If you are an Egyptian citizen, please state so in your resume.


Q: Should I include a photo on my Application?

A: No, photos are not necessary and are usually considered inappropriate by American standards of business.


Q: Should I include personal information in my application?

A: You may include any information that you believe addresses the qualifications of the position. However, U.S. standards of business discourage including details that are not part of a professional record. Examples of information that we would rather not receive include: weight, height, ethnicity, marital status, family members' profession, religious affiliation, and number of children.


Q: If I want hand deliver my CV. Do I have to come in person?

A: No, you can send your CV with anybody stating the position number and title to the Embassy Reception.


Q: When can I come and deliver my Application?

A: The U.S. Embassy Cairo is open from 08:00 am to 04:30 pm Sunday through Thursday. Please see the Embassy holiday schedule