My Foreign Service Timeline

I gave a full outline of my three candidacy attempts in the post, My First Inkling to Become a Diplomat, so I’ll use this page to document my successful candidacy timeline, and upcoming milestones as I move through my Foreign Service Career. (I abandoned my first candidacy at the QEP stage to focus on a new job, and I abandoned my third candidacy at the FSOA stage after getting an A-100 offer on my second candidacy.)


Second Candidacy for the win!

6/14/11 – Registered for FSOT

10/8/11 – Took FSOT

10/27/11 – Notified I passed FSOT

11/16/11 – QEP Personal Narratives submitted

1/23/12 – Notified I passed QEP

1/30/12 – Invited to schedule FSOA

5/18/12 – Passed FSOA with 5.5/7.0 score

10/22/12 – Security Clearance granted

1/11/13 – Class 1 Medical Clearance granted

1/14/13 – Final Suitability Review completed

1/15/13 – Added to Consular Register

5/5/14 – Invited to join the 178th A-100 Generalist Class

5/19/14 – Salary Offer received

5/20/14 – Signed and returned “Agreement to Join the Foreign Service”

6/30/14 – 178th A-100 Start Date

8/1/14 – Flag Day (Tashkent, Uzbekistan!!!)

8/8/14 – Swearing-In Day

8/11/14 – Started Pre-departure Training

3/20/15 – Graduated from Russian Department

5/1/15 – Graduated from Consular Affairs

5/17/15 – Departed Virginia

5/20/15 – Departed the United States

5/21/15 – Arrived in Uzbekistan

5/22/15 – First Day at U.S. Embassy Tashkent

6/15/15 – First day as a visa line officer

6/16/15 – Received diplomatic accreditation from the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan

7/6/15 – President Obama confirmed my diplomatic nomination by the U.S. Senate

7/20/15 – Became Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) line chief

8/4/15 – Celebrated 10 Years of Federal Service

6/13/16 – Became Immigrant Visa (IV) line chief

6/14/16 – Class 2 Medical Clearance granted

6/29/16 – Received second tour assignment (Canberra, Australia!!!)

6/1/17 – Departed Uzbekistan for U.S.-based home leave, onward training, and consultations

7/29/17 – Arrived in Australia

7/31/17 – First Day at U.S. Embassy Canberra

8/11/17 – Received diplomatic accreditation from the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia

11/17/18 – Security Clearance renewal granted

11/17/18 – Received third tour assignment (Ciudad Juárez, México!!!)

12/20/18 – Received tenure

2/12/19 – Was notified of tenure decision

7/31/19 – U.S. Senate confirmed my tenure

8/2/19 – Departed Australia for U.S.-based home leave, onward training, and consultations

9/3/19 – Started Pre-departure training

2/21/20 – Graduated from Spanish Department

7/31/20 – Arrived in México

8/3/20 – First day at U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juárez

8/4/20 – Celebrated 15 Years of Federal Service

9/1/20 – Received diplomatic accreditation from the Government of The United Mexican States

  4 comments for “My Foreign Service Timeline

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

What's Up With Tianna?

A Millennial's Musings of the World.

Life in a State of Wanderlust

"Not all those who wander are lost..." --J.R.R. Tolkien


Traveling Fashion Designers 🌼

National Parks With T

A tour of Public Lands & National Parks in the USA

Adventures With Aia:

A senior project travel blog

hello stranger

stories on adventure, and travel, and real life


Stories from a mid-west girl in Macedonia

Nina Boe in the Balkans

This blog does not represent the US government, Peace Corps, or people of North Macedonia.


Live well & Enjoy.

Den's Blog

This is what life is like when you don't do things the easy way.

Audrey is (a)Broad

A Humorous and Factual Repository.

Audrey is (a)Broad

A Humorous and Factual Repository.

Emma & Nathan's Travels

Our worldwide travels beginning in the year 2017

Latitude with Attitude

Exploring the World Diplomatically

try imagining a place

some stories from a life in the foreign service

Teach Travel Budget

Personal Finance for English Teachers Abroad

The Next Dinner Party

So raise your glass

Bag Full of Rocks

My rocks are the memories from different adventures. I thought I would just leave this bag here.

Carpe Diem Creative

A soulful explorer living an inspired life


Time for adventure

Diary of a Gen-X Traveler

Traveling to experience places not just visit them!

Trailing Spouse Tales

My Life As An Expat Abroad


My thoughts.

Wright Outta Nowhere

Tales from a Serial Expat

from the back of beyond

Detroit --> Angola --> Chile --> Cambodia--> India

anchored . . . for the moment

the doings of the familia Calderón

I Think I'm Going to Like it Here

A little drama every day. ~Dramababyabroad


Wanderings & Wonderings

The Multicultural Marketer

Inclusion Isn't Optional


two humans, one cat, and our lives together in West Africa

travelin' the globe

my travels, my way. currently exploring eswatini and the rest of southern africa as a peace corps volunteer

Collecting Postcards

Foreign Service Officer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

a rambling collective

Short Fiction by Nicola Humphreys (nicolawitters)

Enchanted Forests

This Blog is about discovering the magic of forests in every aspect of life from a small plant in a metropolis to the forests themselves


Chimping around the world!

The Unlikely Diplomat

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls. – Anais Nin

Countdown To Freedom

A blog about health, the keto diet, weight loss, family, relationships, travel & love!

Let's Go Somewhere

A life well-lived around the world.

Cu Placere

Joyce Hooley

Ben East Books

citizenship | literature


Foreign Service Blog

Six Abroad

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

%d bloggers like this: