Srini Venkataraman wrote:
Instead of trying to access government work directly, you should approach vendors who do govt jobs only like SCHREIBER TRANSLATIONS, Lionbridge etc. But the prerequisites are a) be a US citizen, b) jump through the hoops: I mean you have to get security clearance, if the vendor wants c)background check- mandatory for any vendor.
I am nether a) or b) so I don't bother them!!!
1) If you approach vendors who do government jobs you lose one of the main advantages (fairly high rates paid by the US government for translation jobs), and are paid at the same low rates that such agencies usually try to impose on translators.
2) For many (though not all) translation jobs there is no requirement of being a US citizen (but it is true that one needs to be a permanent US resident).