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Can I apply for rental subsidy if I have been living in the area of the duty station before becoming a UN staff member?

In Europe and North America the rental subsidy period at a duty station is seven years from the date in which the person took up residency in the commuting area of the duty station, which is defined on a local basis. If you have lived in the commuting area of the duty station for more than seven years before being internationally recruited as a UN staff member, you do not receive a rental subsidy. If you have lived in the commuting area of the duty station for less than seven years, you may apply for the rental subsidy for the balance of the seven-year period.