To meet the projected growth in visa demand, the U.S. Department of State will supplement its current Limited Non-Career Appointments (LNA) Consular Adjudicator hiring program with a new hiring program for qualified Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) from all agencies under Chief of Mission authority.

The pilot Consular Affairs-Appointment Eligible Family Member (CA-AEFM) Adjudicator Program, coordinated by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, will provide opportunities for AEFMs who are at least 21 years of age to fill entry-level Consular Adjudicator positions at selected posts. Candidates must successfully pass the current Board of Examiners (BEX) assessment process used to qualify for a Consular Adjudicator position. Once certified, AEFMs can then apply for CA positions on a post-by-post basis. For questions, email

Program Details


  • Informational Webinar - On April 8, 2015, the Family Liaison Office and the Bureau of Consular Affairs hosted an informational webinar for family members interested in the CA-AEFM Adjudicator program. Topics included an update on the program’s development since its inception, information about the application and certification process, an update on the worldwide implementation, and a Q&A session. To request a link to the webinar, email

Program Highlights

  • After passing the written and oral assessments and obtaining a Top Secret security clearance, AEFMs will be placed on a hiring register managed by Consular Affairs.
  • Certification does not expire; there is no time limit for AEFMs to remain on the list of qualified candidates.
  • AEFMs do not need to know the direct hire spouses’ onward assignments in order to apply for the program.
  • Consular Affairs will work to coordinate and select AEFMs as Consular Adjudicators based on the direct hire spouses’ assignments.
  • Consular Affairs will fund language and consular training, if required.