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(not) ordinarily resident
User: Gabriel
Date: 6/30/2011 0:49 am
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Hello to all,

I've been keeping my eyes on positions available in Brazil, but I can never determine the difference from ordinarily resident to not-ordinarily resident.

Here's an example of a position:


  • *Ordinarily Resident (OR): R$37.609,00 p.a
    (Starting salary) - (Position Grade: FSN-6)
  • *Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): US$44,737.00 p.a. (Starting salary) (Position Grade: FP-8)


  • "5.  Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:

    Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
    Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
    Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
    Has a US Social Security Number (SSN). 

    NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

    6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or US citizen who:

    Is locally resident; and,
    Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
    Is subject to host country employment and tax laws. 

    EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).


My question is: if you have citizenship from the US and Brazil, which one would you be considered?

Obviously people would want to be paid more, which in this case you would have to be a 'not-ordinarily resident'. does it mean that I would have to give up my Brazilian citizenship in order to be a not-ordinarily resident?

Would anyone know if preference is given to ordinarily residents when it comes to opportunities, since they get paid lower?

Also, they didn't mention anything about the FSOT. Would I still have to take it or is it not required?

Thank you so much for any clarification!

Re: (not) ordinarily resident
Date: 6/30/2011 8:28 am
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Hello, Gabriel,

Thank you for your posting.

I recommend that you consult with the HR Office in Brasilia for a definitive answer.  However, it is my understanding that, as a Brazilian citizen, you would be considered an "ordinary citizen"   if you are a locally resident; have legal, permanent resident status within Brazil, and are subject to Brazilian employment and tax laws. 

When fully qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (EFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference.

Only those applying to become career Foreign Service Officers take the FSOT.  What you are looking at are "locally employed" opportunities, so you would not take the FSOT.