Message for U.S. Citizens on Registering for October Foreign Service Officer Exam

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.

If you’re passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.

The work you’ll do will have an impact on the world. You will be asked to serve at one of any of the more than 270 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in The Americas, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Some of these posts are in difficult and even dangerous environments, but working in them affords great challenges and rewards.

Start your journey with the Department today by registering for the upcoming Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). The FSOT will be offered at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil from October 3-5, 2015. U.S. citizens who are interested in taking the test may register by visiting the following website:

Deadlines for the October 2015 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

Continuous Registration

You may register for the October FSOT up until the deadlines listed below or until seating capacity is reached at the testing site.

The seat selection portal opened on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM Central Time and closes on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

The complete, updated list of embassies/consulates offering the October 2015 FSOT is available at

The FSOT is offered at both domestic and overseas locations in February, June, and October each year.

Registration information and materials are available on Pearson Vue’s website:  Applicants must register electronically directly on the Internet.

Eligibility Requirements:

a) U.S. citizenship;

b) 20 years of age but no older than 59 on the date of exam

(Candidates must be 21 years of age to be appointed and must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach the age of 60);

c) Available for worldwide assignment; and;

d) Have not been previously separated from the Foreign Service for retirement, expiration of time in class, retirement based on relative performance or separation for cause.

If you have any questions, please contact the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil at