Passport Specialist

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

About the organization

Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. CA is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. CA also has a significant domestic presence, most notably the 29 U.S. Passport agencies and centers, 26 of which deal directly with the U.S. public. These far-reaching consular activities have broad foreign policy and domestic political implications and involve serious legal, humanitarian, and management concerns. Responsibility for these functions is vested within the Department of State in the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs and for their implementation abroad in consular officers assigned to embassies and consulates abroad.


This position is located in the Adjudication Section of the Chicago Passport Agency where the incumbent serves on a rotational basis in the Regular Adjudication and Public Application Units. Incumbent receives and examines passport application for completeness and verification of the identity of the application and examines the evidence of citizenship submitted with the application to determine authenticity.


• Receives and examines applications for the issuance, amendment and replacement of passports forwarded by acceptance agents or presented in person by applicants or applicants' representatives.

• Reviews applications for completeness, affirmation of truthfulness, presence and authenticity of required entries, signatures and photographs, and fees.

• Examines evidence of citizenship to determine authenticity and adequacy in relation to required laws, regulations and procedures for the issuance of passports, and to confirm facts as recorded on application.


Applicants applying for the GS-05 must meet one of the qualification requirements below:
General Experience:
A. Completion of 3 years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GS-04 level, involving the analysis, explanation, application, or interpretation of laws, rules, regulations, procedures, etc. Qualifying general experience may have been gained as a law clerk, contact representative, claims examiner, voucher examiner, or similar work with a government or private employer
B. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree
C. Combination of education and experience
If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment
Applicants applying for the GS-07 must meet one of the qualification requirements below:
A. Completion of at least 1 full year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service) that demonstrated knowledge of the immigration and/or nationality laws of the United States
B. Completion of 1 full year of graduate level education in law, or other administrative or management fields related to the position
C. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university AND you meet a provision of superior academic achievement
D. Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience


GS-05: $41,996 - $54,600 annually; GS-07: $52,022 - $67,628 annually

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send updated resume, transcripts (if applicable), and certified documentation from Director of Action verifying service to [email protected].

Applicants will be qualified at the GS-05 or GS-07 level based on their work experience and/or education in accordance with the General Schedule Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management positions as put forth by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

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