Definitions

Eligible Family Member (EFM): An EFM for employment purposes is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:


U.S. Citizen or not a U.S. Citizen; and

• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610); or

• Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support; or

• Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support; or

• Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support; and

• Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and

• Is under chief of mission authority.



U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): A USEFM for employment purposes is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:


U.S. Citizen; and

• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or

• Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

• Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and resides at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and is under chief of mission authority; or

• resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2; or

• Currently receives a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.


Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): An AEFM for employment purposes is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:


U.S. Citizen; and

• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or

• Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

• Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); and

• Is under chief of mission authority; and

• Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and

• Does NOT currently receive a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.


Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies or joins a sponsoring employee, i.e., sponsor is a direct hire employee under Chief of Mission authority, either Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan. A MOH is an individual who meets the following criteria:

(1) Not an EFM and therefore not on the travel orders or approved through form OF-126 Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report of the sponsoring employee; and

(2) Officially declared by the sponsoring U.S. Government employee to the Chief of Mission (COM) as part of his or her household and approved by the COM; and

(3) Is a parent, grandparent, grandchild, unmarried partner, adult child, foreign born child in the process of being adopted, father, mother, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister who falls outside the Department’s current definition of Eligible Family Member 14 FAM 511.3. A MOH may or may not be a U.S. Citizen.


Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:

• An EFM, USEFM or AEFM of a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or

• Has diplomatic privileges and immunities; and

• Is eligible for compensation under the FS or GS salary schedule; and

• Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN); and

• Is not a citizen of the host country; and

• Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and

• Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws.

Ordinarily Resident (OR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:

• A citizen of the host country; or

• A non-citizen of the host country (including a U.S. citizen or a third-country national) who is locally resident and has legal and/or permanent resident status within the host country and/or who is a holder of a non-diplomatic visa/work and/or residency permit; and/or

• Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

U.S. VETERANS CLAIMING PREFERENCE:

For guidelines to determine whether you are eligible to claim U.S. Veterans’ preference, please refer to: http://opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#1

LANGUAGE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

3 FAH 2 – CHAPTER 4
FOREIGN SERVICE MANUAL HANDBOOK APPENDIX C

Level 1 – Rudimentary Knowledge
At this level an employee is, at most, required to have a rudimentary verbal understanding of a very limited English vocabulary, such as might be required in understanding and following instructions of the type that might be given to a motorpool chauffeur. This level of understanding is typically not required for positions such as laborer and trades occupations where contacts are primarily with other local employees.

Level 2 – Limited Knowledge
At this level an employee needs only a limited knowledge of written and spoken English, and a vocabulary limited to the specific occupation. An employee at this level would be expected to understand and carry out verbal instructions of a repetitive character, and to be able to prepare simple reports of the type that might be expected of a motorpool dispatcher.

Level 3 – Good Working Knowledge
At this level an employee is required to have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English. The employee should be able to read and understand agency regulations, operating instructions, memoranda, and related material concerning the field of work, to prepare correspondence and standardized reports, and to communicate effectively with English speaking staff members and the general public, including both English speaking and non-English speaking persons.

Level 4 – Fluent
At this level the employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English, including the ability to translate the host country's language into precise and correct English, and English into the applicable foreign language. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations of considerable importance.

Level 5 – Professional Translator/Interpreter or Equivalent
This level is essentially limited to professional translators and interpreters whose proficiency in written and spoken English truly matches that of a well educated native speaker. This includes the ability to deal effectively with highly technical and sophisticated terminology in which fine nuances of meaning may at times assume major importance in negotiations. At this level an employee should be capable of simultaneous translation, as in the case of conference reporting. Employees must be able to translate at a competetive level, and should be fluent in two or more languages, or in two or more complex dialects.