Become a PMF
Individuals who are not U.S. citizens can apply to the PMF Program; however, appointment opportunities for PMF positions for non-U.S. citizen Finalists are very limited, if any. A non-U.S. citizen may be eligible for Federal employment if the individual is (1) Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws, and (2) is eligible for AND pursuing U.S. citizenship, OR appointed by a Federal agency that has the authority to hire non-U.S. citizens. In general, a Federal agency may hire a non-U.S. citizen in the PMF Program if the annual Appropriations Act, the Immigration Law, and the agency's internal policies allow it. Finalists who are non-U.S. citizens may reach out to Agency PMF Coordinators to inquire if their agency hires non-U.S. citizens. The PMF Program Office does not have a list of those agencies who can hire non-U.S. citizens as the authorities may change.
Additional information can be found on the USAJOBS website under the topic of Employment of Non-citizens.
If you are not a U.S. citizen who is not legally employable in the United States and you apply to the PMF Program, you will be disqualified based on eligibility.
Finalists apply to PMF positions, known as PMF appointment opportunities, in the PMF TMS (Talent Management System). Agencies will identify whether or not the PMF position requires U.S. citizenship. If a non-U.S. citizen Finalist is appointed as a PMF by a Federal agency and does not possess full U.S. citizenship or status as a U.S. national by the conclusion of the two-year fellowship, that Fellow cannot be converted to permanent career or career-conditional employment, including conversion to a term appointment (5 CFR Part 7, §7.3). The appointment will expire and the PMF will be separated from Government service. The PMF Program Office, nor the appointing agency, cannot extend a PMF's fellowship to meet citizenship requirements for conversion.
All applicants will be asked to provide the last 4-digits of their Social Security Number when applying to the PMF Program's annual application for selection of Finalists. Non-U.S. citizen applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and wish to apply to the PMF Program must contact the PMF Program Office to request an alternative 4-digit number to use for the Social Security Number field during the application process; if not already in possession of a Social Security Number. This number will serve throughout the process as a unique identifier. NOTE: This is only applicable during the application cycle.
When contacting the PMF Program Office to make a request, please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Your first and last Name
- The email address you plan to use to apply
- The name of your college/university of your qualifying advanced degree
- The personal mailing address you plan to use when you apply
- If you are outside of the United States, provide your City/State/Territory and Country
Requests are only accepted during the annual application open period. Please review the Application Process webpage on adding our email address to your "safe" list.
If a non-U.S. citizen Finalist obtains U.S. citizenship (e.g., naturalization) and a permanent Social Security Number, supporting documentation must be provided to the PMF Program Office to update our records. In such cases, the Finalist should notify the PMF Program Office and send supporting documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on U.S. immigration laws, student visas, and U.S. citizenship, including non-U.S. citizen students and visa holders, go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' website at
. There, non-U.S. citizens can learn about eligibility and how to pursue U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S. You may call the USCIS at toll-free 1-800-375-5283 (or if outside of the U.S. at 1-212-620-3418), Monday through Friday, 8am-8pm (Eastern Time), or utilize their Contact Center at https://www.uscis.gov/contactcenter
NOTE: The PMF Program Office cannot answer specific questions about citizenship and employment eligibility; the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the governing authority on these topics; this includes any questions pertaining to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). See additional information of "Employment of Non-Citizens" at USAJOBS referenced above.