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CIA Requirements

Thinking about joining CIA? You are making an important decision. Because of our critical mission, we require several important items from all candidates. Review the following requirements that you must meet to qualify for employment at CIA.

Careers Overview

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You Must Submit Online via MyLINK, While in the United States

You must be physically within the United States or one of its territories when you submit your resume via MyLINK. This is for your safety and security.

While you may travel abroad for a short duration during the hiring process, do not contact us while you are physically outside of the United States or its territories. This includes by hard copy mail, telephone, email, or internet.

You Must Be a U.S. Citizen and at Least 18 Years of Age

You must be a U.S. citizen or a dual-national U.S. citizen to work at CIA. If you are in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, you can submit your resume as soon as you are awarded citizenship, but not before. We do not help individuals apply for U.S. citizenship.

Also, you must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for a job at CIA.

You Must Be Willing to Move to the Washington, DC Area

Our officers are from all over the country and around the world. But keep in mind that all positions are in the Washington, DC area and some require overseas travel. You must be willing to move if you don’t already live in the Washington metropolitan area. For questions about relocation, please speak to your recruiter.

You Must Complete Security and Medical Evaluations

Because of the classified nature of our work, all CIA applicants must go through a comprehensive security clearance process.

You Must Be Registered for the Selective Service

If you are required to register for the Selective Service, you must do so before we consider you for employment.

Security Concerns and Potential Disqualifiers

Considerations in our selection process that could impact eligibility to classified information.

Our Hiring Process

Ready to submit your resume via MyLINK? Get helpful information about the steps and estimated timelines related to our hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate in hiring or granting, denying, or revoking security clearances.


If you need accommodations at any point in the hiring process, our Reasonable Accommodations Staff can help.

Job Opportunities

Review our position descriptions for information about career paths, qualifications, salary levels, and more.