Visa Assistant (Team Leader) – deadline: February 27, 2018

U.S. Consulate Porto Alegre, Brazil

Vacancy Announcement Number:  2018/01


Open to:                     All Interested Candidates / All Sources

The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position.  The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement. 

Position:                    Visa Assistant (Team Leader), FSN-8; FP-6, A31-231

Opening Date:           Thursday, February 8, 2018

Closing Date:             Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Work Hours:              Full-time, 40 hours/week

Salary:                        Ordinarily Resident (OR):  FSN-8* – R$ 82.681,00 per year
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  FP-6* – US$ 48,135 per year

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.

All ordinarily resident (OR) applicants (See Appendix A for definition) must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration. 

The U.S. Mission in Porto Alegre, Brazil is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Visa Assistant (Team Leader) in the Consular Section.

Basic Function of Position

The incumbent is responsible for overseeing workflow, personnel and material resources of a team of Visa Assistants and Visa Clerks. The incumbent manages the process of screening incoming documents and information from a variety of sources (public counters, other consular posts, mail, phone calls, emails, faxes) to organize, process and track visa applications and requests according to U.S. visa law.

Qualifications Required


Note: Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Applicants are required to submit their applications in English using the DS-174 form.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Education: A minimum of two years of college or university studies.
  2. Experience: Experience in the area of visa work, other related work in the consular field, or similar work involving the application of relatively complex regulatory or legal material is required.  In addition, experience as a supervisor is also required.
  3. Language(This will be tested): 
    • Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.
    • Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of Portuguese is required.
  4. Job Knowledge(This will be tested):
    • Good understanding of host country laws as they involve reciprocity issues on visa cases and knowledge of the host country passport document to be able to identify fraudulent documents is required.
    • Good knowledge of general aspects of country’s economic, cultural and political structures is required.
  5. Skills and Abilities:
    • User’s knowledge of Microsoft Office package is required. 

For further information:

The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office – Leonardo Oliveira at (51) 3345-6162 or (51) 3345-6033.

Hiring Preference Selection Process: 

When qualified, 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.

Hiring Preference Order:

 (1)  AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3)  FS on LWOP**

* Important:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.

Additional Selection Criteria:

  1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy:  nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  1. 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.
  1. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  1. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold the following: local security certification.
  1. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.

How to Apply: 

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website  or by contacting Human Resources.  (See “For Further Information” above); Plus
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)

Where to Apply:

Human Resources Office     Leonardo Oliveira

Submit with vacancy title:   Visa Assistant (Team Leader)

E-mail Address:          


Closing date for this position: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.