FAQ for VA Health-Care Applicants

Women's VA health clinic.

Q. I'm interested in a VA position I saw online (or in a publication). Why can't I apply for it online?

A. For privacy reasons, many health-care positions must be applied for via traditional paper applications. Those applications must be made to the VA facility where you desire employment consideration. That address can be found within each job posting.

Q. Where do I find the application and other forms I need to apply for a VA position?

A. When applying for a VA position, you will often be asked to submit various forms, such as an application, a Declaration of Federal Employment, veterans' preference forms and others. You can find most of the forms you need in the Job Search section of this (VA Careers) website.

Q. I'm having trouble downloading (or can't print) the VA job application and other forms that I need. What should I do?

A. For help in downloading required documents or to obtain paper forms in the mail, contact a recruiter at 1-800-949-0002.

Q. How can I learn the status of my job application?

A. Application processing can take up to 60 days and, in some cases, up to 120 days. Since hiring decisions are made locally, you will need to call the VA facility where you submitted your application.

Q. How can I get more information about VA salaries?

A. When available, VA salary information is included within individual job postings. Most often, a professional standards board determines an applicant's starting salary based on experience and level of practice.

For many health-care positions, salaries are based on locality pay scales and regional special salary rates; therefore, specific information may be available from the recruiter at the VA facility where you desire employment. Additional salary information for many positions is available at www.opm.gov.

Q. Where can I learn more about VA benefits, especially EDRP (Education Debt Reduction Program) and other education support programs I've heard about?

A. Visit the VA Salary & Benefits section of this (VA Careers) website or call 1-800-949-0002.

Q. I'd like to apply for a position, but I'm not a U.S. citizen. Are there any exceptions to this qualification?

A. VA hires U.S. citizens, but there are some exceptions made in certain circumstances. Contact the facility where you desire employment for information.

Q. Does VA incorporate veterans' preference into its health-care professional hiring policies?

A. Yes. VA is committed to hiring veterans, and veteran status figures prominently in our selection process. For more information, visit the VA Salary & Benefits section of this (VA Careers) website.

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