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Advance of Pay

Advance of Pay: Up to three months' salary (minus certain deductions as designated by the agency) may be advanced when an employee is assigned to a foreign post. An advance of pay may also be authorized for medical emergencies. Repayment varies by agency; the State Department maximum is 18 pay periods; the DOD maximum is 26 pay periods. See DSSR 850 and 4 FAH-3 H-536 for further information.


Advance of Pay
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Foreign Service Assignment Notebook

Questions regarding Advance of Pay should be directed to Payroll Customer Support at 1-877-0760 or email

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