Questions and Answers about U.S. Department of State

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How long does it usually take before a person hear back with their background check? And actually start the position?

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6 to 12 months

Answered - Special Agent (Former Employee) - Washington City, DC

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It depends

Answered - Travel Specialist (Current Employee) - Washington, DC

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About one year

Answered - Managing Director of Clinical Services (Current Employee) - Washington, DC

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Several months. This is a major issue for the Department of State

Answered - Consular (Current Employee) - Washington, DC

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One month, plus four weeks of special training.

Answered - SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, IRAQ, RECONSTRUCTION TEAM) (Former Employee) - Washington DC, IRAQ TDY

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Probably 3-6 months on the security clearance. Probably 6 months to a year before you'll be called off the register.

Answered - Consular Officer (Former Employee) - Guayaquil, Ecuador

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This varies per person.

Answered - Diplomatic Escort (Former Employee) - Milano, Lombardia

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Depends on status coming in. One week for me

Answered - Lead Switch Technician (Current Employee) - Foggy Botom

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Nine months to one year typically

Answered - Energy Attaché (Current Employee) - Ciudad de México, D. F.

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At least six weeks. I got an offer in May but started in July

Answered - Data Analyst (Current Employee) - Rosslyn, VA

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