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Our major areas of interest include:

Family Member Employment

  • GCLO has a dedicated team of professionals working to expand employment options and information resources to internationally mobile family members, both at home and abroad.

Education and Youth

  • The quality of schooling available to one’s child is one of the most important factors that Foreign Service parents consider when choosing an assignment. It is wise for families to explore the schooling options at all of the posts under consideration, including the Washington, DC area.

Foreign Service Life

  • GCLO provides guidance and assistance to employees and families navigating opportunities and challenges of Foreign Service life.

Naturalization of Foreign-Born Spouses

  • GCLO liaises with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in naturalization cases for foreign-born spouses of Department of State Foreign Service employees.

Crisis Management – Foreign Service Evacuations, Personal Preparation, Health and Safety

  • GCLO provides Foreign Service employees and families with confidential guidance, referral, and assistance with personal preparedness and post evacuations.

Unaccompanied Tours

  • The Department of State provides a number of resources and services that may be helpful when an employee is considering bidding on an unaccompanied post.

Community Liaison Office

  • The Community Liaison Office (CLO) program provides morale-enhancing support to U.S. government employees and family members of all agencies who are assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

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