55 Eligibility to Work in the Postal Service

551 Determining Eligibility at the Screening Stage

To be eligible for career or noncareer Postal Service employment, an applicant must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien (one who possesses a “green card”), or a citizen of American Samoa or other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States. This requirement is addressed at the application screening stage by reviewing the applicant’s answer to Item E1, PS Form 2591, Application for Employment. Citizenship documents are not reviewed at this stage.

On PS Form 2591, if the applicant responds that he or she

  1. Is not a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien, or a citizen of American Samoa or other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States, the applicant is not eligible for employment.
  2. Is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien, or a citizen of American Samoa or other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States, then the applicant continues in the hiring process.