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Visa Assistant

Kolkata, West Bengal
Posted: 16 March, 2019

Job Descriptoin




Announcement Number: KOL-2019-03

Position Title: Visa Assistant

Opening Period: March 11 – March 25, 2019

Series/Position#/Grade: 1415/CLA-310020/FSN-07

Salary: INR 578,540 (annual salary)

For More Info: Human Resources Office

Mailing Address: Human Resources Office
C/o U.S. Consulate,
5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata – 700 071.
E-mail Address: [email protected]

Who May Apply:

  • All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification

Duration Appointment: 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.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Kolkata is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Visa
Assistant in the Consular Section.

The work schedule for this position: Full Time; 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks – 12
weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No


This position performs complex, sensitive and highly varied work pertaining to Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV)

processing, including preloading and screening applications, confirming data accuracy, printing and

pasting visa foils. Prepares cases for adjudication by a Consular Officer to ensure compliance with U.S.

Immigration and Nationality law. Conversant in all areas of Consular operations, including the American

Citizen Services, Consular Information, and Fraud Prevention units. Plays a direct support role in

protecting U.S. border security while facilitating legitimate travel to the United States.

Qualifications and Evaluation

Successful completion of collegiate degree (equivalent to a 3 year graduation in India).

Three years' experience related to customer service or work involving the application of complex

regulatory material.


English Level IV (Fluent in speaking, reading and writing) is required.

Hindi and Bengali level III (Good working knowledge in speaking, reading and writing) is


Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission 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.

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.


1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy:

nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR
employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on
their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a local security certification and medical


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: Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174),

which is available on our website https://Universal Application For Employment(UAE) (Form-

DS-174) or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above). Applicants

should electronically (or otherwise) submit the documents listed below along with the DS-174.


Human Resources Office
Mailing Address: Human Resources Office

U.S. Consulate
5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata – 700 071.

E-mail Address: [email protected]

Please insert KOL-2019-03 (Vacancy Announcement Number) in the Subject of the E-mail

[email protected] Applications without the Vacancy Number or with incorrect Vacancy

Number will not be accepted.

Mandatory/Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below
with your application DS-174:

DS-174 

Are you a U.S. citizen (Yes/No) 

Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
Residency and/or Work Permit - Eligibility to work in India (Applicable to all nationals

including host country nationals): Please attach a copy (please do not attach original
documents) of any one of the document that confirms your legal eligibility to work in
India (for example: Work Permit, Residency Permit, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI),
Person of Indian Origin (PIO), PAN Card, Voter’s ID, Adhaar Card or equivalent). 

Degree (not transcript) 

Degree with transcript 

Language Scores (if available) 

Certificate or License 

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

SF-50 (if applicable) 

Letter(s) of recommendation 

List of references

What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are

selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information: the complete position description listing all of the duties,

responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human

Resources office. To request the position description, kindly send an email to

[email protected].

NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who
are being considered. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in working at the
U.S. Consulate in Kolkata.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India - 7 days ago

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