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My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out.

It goes:

I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date:

What does this question/statement indicate?

Is it asking the current position that the principal alien is working right now? And the date when the DOS was notified about it?

Or is it about a new job offer? That the principal alien hasn’t started working yet?

DOS: Department of State

Thanks.

  • Presumably the two details you're being asked to provide here are some internally-allocated DOS (US Department of State) Reference Number, and the Date when it was issued. If you don't know those, that's probably because you haven't got them (in which case your application might be unlikely to succeed). – FumbleFingers May 17 at 14:40
  • The form is not for me, it’s for my daughter, and there is a section asking questions about the principle alien which is me. So my question is that with that aforementioned phrase, is it asking about my current position which I’m currently working at, or is it about a new offer, so I should leave it blank. ..”is being offered” is confusing. – MSY May 17 at 14:58
  • I think you need to talk to the immigration officials. This really isn't a suitable question for ELL. – FumbleFingers May 17 at 15:16
  • But my question is about understanding a sentence. We can assume that this is a TOEFL question: What does the sentence indicate: a) the principle alien is currently working at this position. b) the principal alien is not working at this position, but he got a new offer. – MSY May 17 at 15:21
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    I think your question is more about understanding and complying with a country-specific administrative procedure. It's not really about "learning English". – FumbleFingers May 17 at 17:18
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Offer means to ask if someone wants something. For example, if I offer you a drink, then I have a drink and am asking if you want it.

So the word offer won't ever mean something you have already.

I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date:

This is referring to a new job offer.


What is the difference between; “is offered” and “is being offered”

English tends to use a continuous expression (to be + X-ing) in present tense, where a lot of other languages use simple present tense (like Spanish). Simple present is used to express "repetition", "habit", or "generalization" (reference).

I offer help to those in need - You are describing something you usually do or do all the time.

I am offering help to John - Something that happens once.


“being offered” might mean; it was offered before, and it still is being offered.

If the "reach" back into the past was important for some reason, it would be said just like you did: "still being offered."

This job is being offered to you = I offer this job to you now.

This job is still being offered to you = I offered this job to you in the past and I am continuing to offer it now.

  • I agree. But offer does also mean provide. What is the difference between; “is offered” and “is being offered”. “being offered” might mean; it was offered before, and it still is being offered. (provided) – MSY May 17 at 14:19
  • What would it say if it meant to ask about my current position? – MSY May 17 at 14:59
  • Probably 'I further certify that the principal alien { is currently in | currently has } the following position' – LawrenceC May 17 at 15:19

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