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When applying for positions at HHS via the USAJOBS website, I see that some positions specify Status Candidates or US Citizens in the Who May Apply section- what is the difference between the two?

Status Candidates are typically individuals who are currently employed by the Federal Government who have time-in-grade at their current GS-level within their occupation. Status Candidates can also be individuals who were formerly employed by the Federal Government and obtained career status (3 years of continuous employment with no breaks in service). If an announcement says Status Candidates Only in the Who May Apply section, only individuals meeting the aforementioned requirements will qualify for consideration. If an announcement says Status Candidates and US Citizens, both current Federal employees as well as other US Citizens can apply and possibly qualify for consideration.

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Content last reviewed on August 13, 2015