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Information for Freelance Linguists


Date: 04/13/2010 Location: Washington, DC Description: The first plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. © White House Image

General Information

Freelance contractors play a vital role in our office's mission of providing foreign language interpreting and translating services to U.S. government officials and in support of U.S. foreign exchange and assistance programs. Please see the Interpreters and Translators sections for information about our selection process.

We are not currently accepting applications from potential contract interpreters and translators at this time.

Contract interpreters and translators must be able to work legally in the United States but are not required to hold U.S. citizenship. Eligibility to work with the Office of Language Services will be determined by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services guidelines and will be corroborated by verifying that all relevant documentation is presented with the application. If you have any doubts, please refer questions about general eligibility to your local USCIS office before applying. Because freelance contractors are not employees of the State Department, the Office of Language Services cannot sponsor visa applicants.

Contract interpreters and translators must undergo a background check to obtain a Moderate or High Public Trust certification if their applications are successful.

Permanent direct-hire interpreter and translator positions are very rare. When available, openings for staff positions will be published on


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