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Global Community Liaison Office

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Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) serves U.S. government direct-hire employees and their family members, from all agencies under Chief of Mission authority serving overseas and returning to the United States. GCLO's mission is to improve the quality of life of all demographics we serve by identifying issues and advocating for programs and solutions, providing a variety of client services, and extending services to overseas communities through the management of the worldwide Community Liaison Office (CLO) program.

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Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps

To more quickly mobilize Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFM) to fill available positions in missions overseas, the U.S. Department of State developed the Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC). Upon acceptance, AEFMs are appointed into a non-compensated status, allowing the Department of State to improve efficiency in the hiring process when filling positions at posts abroad.

Enroll to Join the Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps

Education Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs include information on boarding schools, transition to Washington, allowances, special needs, and more.

Explore Common Education-related Topics Education Frequently Asked Questions

Naturalization of Foreign-Born Spouses

GCLO acts as liaison with the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in naturalization cases for foreign-born spouses of Department of State Foreign Service employees. Processing time and adjudication is under the sole authority of USCIS.

Expeditious Naturalization Information Naturalization of Foreign-Born Spouses

Unaccompanied Tours

The Department of State provides a number of resources and services that may be helpful when an employee is considering bidding on an unaccompanied post.

Learn more about unaccompanied tours Unaccompanied Tours

Community Liaison Office

The Community Liaison Office (CLO) program provides morale-enhancing support to U.S. government employees and family members of all agencies who are assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. The CLO is ICASS-funded, and is managed by the Global Community Liaison Office. Programs are client-driven and administered across eight areas of responsibility.

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