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Reinstatement Eligibility

Reinstatement eligibility allows an individual who held a career or career conditional appointment in competitve service apply to jobs in the competitive Federal service open to status applicants.  There is no time limit for those individuals who have veterans’ preference or who acquired career tenure by completing three (3) consecutive years of continuous service.

However, if you have separated from Federal service before completing  3 years of continuous service, you will have a 3 year time limit to re-enter into Federal service.  If you fail to re-enter service before the 3 year period ends, you will have to compete through competitive examination (open to all U. S. Citizens) again.