The Family Liaison Office (FLO) established THE GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE, (GEI) to help family members with career development and exploration of employment opportunities while posted overseas. The program employs Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) to provide on-site job coaching sessions, training workshops, and career development services at no cost to the family members. They also offer networking assistance, information regarding volunteer projects, and support family members’ efforts to engage in the local economy.
Download the GEI brochure here
For additional information or to contact the GEA covering your post, please send an email to GEI@state.gov.
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS: click here
GEI SERVICES OVERSEAS ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES:
IMPORTANT ISSUES TO KEEP IN MIND: REGARDING EMPLOYMENT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY
WORK PERMITS: BILATERAL WORK AGREEMENTS AND DE FACTO AGREEMENTS
Foreign Service family members seeking employment on the local economy overseas need to be aware of the work permit regulations in their host country. Eligible family members (EFMs) can apply for a work permit upon arrival at post and HR will assist with the application process. Under a bilateral work agreement (BWA), EFMs do not need to have an offer of employment first. However, requirements for work permits may vary based upon the specific BWA with the country of assignment. For more information on bilateral work agreements, click here.
In countries where bilateral work agreements do not exist, family members may still be able to obtain work permits. Unlike BWAs, de facto agreements are not official treaties and are subject to change at any time. Under a de facto work agreements, EFMs are typically required to have an offer of employment prior to requesting a work permit and there may be some restrictions on the permitted fields of employment.
THIS MATERIAL IS SPECIFIC TO FOREIGN SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES