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#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:21:25 AM(UTC)

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Hopefully this is the right place to post my question (as opposed to the forum on Federal Career Planning...)
I got hired at the Dept. of the Treasury the end of December and started working the end of January. I was planning to use the position as a foot in the door as it was not something I really wanted to do. Since I was qualified for it and had been trying for many many years to get a job with the Federal government (and had been unemployed for 3 years off and on) I accepted. The position is a GS-5.

I have been interested in a career on an international track since university. I would love to get a Passport Specialist position but not many seem to start at GS-5 and the ones that do have time in-grade requirements. I have no knowledge of passport and citizenship laws, regulations or procedures. How can one get hired for this position without previous knowledge of nationality laws if one has no previous experience with passports/visas/nationality laws?

Not that it matters, but my degree is in political science with a minor in international studies. I also studied Russian for 3 years (but as I have not practiced it for nearly 10 years, I've mostly forgotten all I learned). 

Since I started working for the federal government 6 weeks ago, I've been nothing short of confused and bewildered about how things are done.  Confused Thanks in advance for any advice provided.

- A Very Green Federal Employee
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