Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Consulate Porto Alegre
Position Title:
Visa Clerk - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
10/30/2019 - 11/13/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1415 6
BRL R$58.724
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Porto Alegre, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All interested applicants / All sources

For USEFM: FS-08. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.   
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Porto Alegre, Brazil is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Visa Clerk in the Non-Immigrant Visa Office, Consular Section.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent performs moderately difficult clerical and related work pertaining to limited range of non-immigrant visa services. Performs all aspects of pre and post adjudication processing for non-immigrant visa applications, including data entry, printing, assembly, sticking of visas in passports and quality control reading. Provides visa applicants with detailed information regarding available services and application procedures for all types of non-immigrant visas. Directs applicants to appropriate staff member or office depending on the status and nature of the case. Performs other NIV related duties as requested by supervisor.

For more information about the main duties of the position, please click Here.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Experience in admin/clerical or area related to customer service, consular area or work applying regulatory material required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of internal consular operating procedures including eligibility and requirements for NIV visa applications. Basic understanding of Embassy structure and section functions. Knowledge of the MRV process, host country government and passports. Familiarity with host country geography, culture, customs and economy. Basic knowledge of customer service techniques.

Education Requirements:

Completion of secondary (high) school required.



Level III (good working knowledge) in writing/speaking/reading English is required. (This may be tested)

Level III (good working knowledge) in writing/speaking/reading Portuguese is required. (This may be tested)



Ability to use a calculator and to quickly learn the operations of the MRV system. User's knowledge of Microsoft Office package (This may be tested). Ability to take initiative, follow instructions, work under pressure and with general guidance. Ability to exercise common sense and judgment when checking visa applications and information provided by applicants.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission in Porto Alegre provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Porto Alegre may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(3) FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust/Local Certification clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Apply to this vacancy” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Important notes:

  • Please make sure you enter all your work experience and education through the ERA Application. Attached Curriculums files will not be considered.

  • For positions that require English Levels III or IV, applications MUST be submitted in English.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Work Permit (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Porto Alegre.