Volunteers who were granted COS status due to COVID-19 may be eligible for Reinstatement and Re-enrollment regardless of their length of service prior to evacuation, as long as the Volunteer is willing to commit to the new length of service time requested by the post.
Your term of service for reinstatement – and, correspondingly, your new COS date – will be based upon programmatic needs in country as a result of Peace Corps’ coordination with the host country government and partners. It will not be based on the time you would have had remaining in service, although it is possible your reinstatement term of service may coincide with the number of months you had left. In most cases, the term of service for reinstatement will range between 6 months to 2 years.
Upon reinstatement, you will get credit for time served prior to evacuation and begin accruing readjustment allowance at the applicable rate given your months of service. Once you reach 24 months of service from your original oath date (adding the number of months you served before the evacuation plus the number of months in service past reinstatement), your accrual rate will increase to the extended Volunteer rate according to Peace Corps policy. Reinstated Volunteers will not be eligible for special leave unless they extend for another 12 months beyond the term of service for reinstatement.
Current/past engagement in counseling alone is not a reason for medical non-clearance to Peace Corps service, and the assessment is the same for both new applicants and evacuees. For more information, see our Medical and Health FAQ.
The medical review process will be streamlined for evacuated Volunteers, since their records were already collected by the Peace Corps for the purpose of their prior application and during their service.
We will request and review information related to any updates provided in your new health history responses and based on updated clearance requirements related to COVID-19. We will also review prior pre-service and in-service medical records, personal statements and/or mental health evaluations, and will not routinely request further information related to concerns that were addressed in the evacuee's prior application.
All RPCVs who were evacuated from service in 2020 are required to return their Peace Corps-issued no-fee passport by March 1st, 2021. Please look for mailing instructions emailed to you by the Peace Corps Travel and Transportation Division. If you have not received mailing instructions or have any questions about returning your Peace Corps passport, please email [email protected]
If you do wish to return to service, even if your application has not been approved at this time, please return your no-fee passport in accordance with the instructions. Returning your passport is necessary as Peace Corps needs to renew your passport and/or obtain a visa for service. Delaying this step may prevent you from returning to service once your application is approved and when conditions permit.
If you do not intend to return to Peace Corps service at all, you still need to return your no-fee passport. You may include a return mailing address in order to have your cancelled no-fee passport returned to you as a souvenir.
Get full details on how application of NCE differs for evacuated Volunteers, Peace Corps Response Volunteers, and Trainees who want to return to service.