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Frequently Asked Questions USAJOBS

How do I use my Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA Non-Competitive Hiring eligibility?

When you leave the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) you are granted a one-year period to be non-competitively appointed to a normally competitive Federal position. The hiring agency may extend the non-competitive eligibility period for 2 additional years to a total of 3 years if the individual, after the qualifying service, is in the military service; is studying at a recognized institution of higher learning; or has been involved in another activity which, in the agency's view, warrants an extension. This eligibility does not entitle volunteers to a Federal position.

Upon completing service with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA, you are provided a certification of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs. Former volunteers should note their Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA service in their résumé and provide the Description of Service as an attachment.


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