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 INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SPECIAL BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

 
FOREIGN TRANSFER ALLOWANCE

Foreign transfer allowance covers extraordinary, necessary, and reasonable expenses, not otherwise compensated for, incurred by employees up to 10 days, such as temporary lodging, meals, and laundry prior to leaving the continental United States (CONUS). Expenditure receipts are required.

 
MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE ALLOWANCE PORTION

A lump sum miscellaneous expense portion to assist with certain extraordinary costs deemed to be reasonable and necessary.

 
SUBSISTENCE EXPENSE PORTION

A pre-departure subsistence expense for lodging, meals (including tips), laundry, cleaning, and pressing expenses in temporary quarters for the employee and each family member for up to 10 days before final departure from a post in CONUS to a post in a foreign area, beginning not more than 30 days after they have vacated residence quarters.

 
TEMPORARY QUARTERS SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE (TQSA)

TQSA assists in covering the OCONUS average cost of adequate but not elaborate or unnecessarily expensive accommodations in temporary quarters, plus reasonable meal and laundry expenses for a period not in excess of 90 days. TQSA begins either the date you arrive at the new post, or the effective date of transfer, whichever is later. TQSA is advanced to you in lump sum in 30-day increments.

 
LIVING QUARTERS ALLOWANCE (LQA)

This is a recruitment incentive. It is not an automatic entitlement. Eligibility for tax-free LQA is based on pay grade and number of dependents physically residing at the post of assignment, and the location. LQA begins on the effective date of the house contract, or the 91st day after TQSA begins.

 
POST ALLOWANCE

Post allowance is a non-taxable cost-of-living allowance granted to employees stationed at a post or foreign area where the cost of living, exclusive of quarters costs, is substantially higher than in Washington, DC.

 
ADVANCE OF PAY

Interest-free salary advance in an amount up to 3 months of pay may be authorized upon request no earlier than 1 month prior to departure and no later than 2 months after arrival at the foreign duty station.

 
SEPARATE MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE

Separate maintenance allowance assists in offsetting the additional expense incurred to maintain a separate household. If there is a justifiable reason why eligible family members cannot accompany or remain at an employee’s newly assigned overseas post, the employee may be eligible for a separate maintenance. There are two types:

  • Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance
    The agency may authorize a separate maintenance allowance when adverse, dangerous, or notably unhealthful conditions warrant the exclusion of family members from an area, or when the agency determines a need to exclude family members from accompanying an employee to an area.
  • Voluntary Separate Maintenance Allowance
    The agency may authorize a separate maintenance allowance when an employee requests because of special needs or hardship prior to or after arrival at the overseas post for career, health, educational, or family considerations for the spouse, children, or other family member.
 
STUDENT EDUCATION TRAVEL FOR DEPENDENTS

Student travel, limited to one trip a year, is authorized between the student’s school and the employee’s post.

 
SPONSOR

A sponsor, who is the designated personnel for a newly selected employee, provides current information on living and working conditions, answers questions, makes lodging reservations and ground transportation to/from the airport to greet the employee and family upon arrival, and assists them in making the transition to the new overseas post.

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