Consular Affairs-Appointment Eligible Family Member Program

To meet the projected growth in visa demand, the U.S. Department of State will supplement its current Limited Non-Career Appointments (LNA) Consular Adjudicator hiring program with a new hiring program for qualified Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) from all agencies under Chief of Mission authority.

The Consular Affairs-Appointment Eligible Family Member (CA-AEFM) Program, coordinated by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, will provide opportunities for AEFMs who are at least 21 years of age to fill entry-level Consular positions at selected posts. Candidates must successfully pass the current Board of Examiners (BEX) assessment process used to qualify for a Consular position. Once certified, AEFMs can then apply for CA positions on a post-by-post basis. For questions, email

Program Details


  • Overseas Consular Opportunities for Eligible Family Members (April 19, 2017) - Hosted by representatives from the Family Liaison Office, Consular Affairs, Human Resources, and the Foreign Service Institute, the webinar covered the Consular Affairs-Appointment Eligible Family Member (CA-AEFM) and the Consular Fellows programs. Learn about latest enrollment numbers, application procedures, required training, FSI consular training opportunities, and the different types of consular positions at posts.

Program Highlights

  • After passing the written and oral assessments and obtaining a Top Secret security clearance, AEFMs will be placed on a hiring register managed by Consular Affairs.
  • Certification does not expire; there is no time limit for AEFMs to remain on the list of qualified candidates.
  • AEFMs do not need to know the direct hire spouses’ onward assignments in order to apply for the program.
  • Consular Affairs will work to coordinate and select AEFMs for Consular positions based on the direct hire spouses’ assignments.
  • Consular Affairs will fund language and consular training, if required.