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years to visit their home country at the Authority’s expense for the purpose of spending in that country a reasonable period of annual leave. Leave taken for this purpose and under the terms and conditions set forth in this rule shall hereinafter be referred to as home leave.

(b) A staff member shall be eligible for home leave providing the following conditions are met:

(i) The staff member continues to reside in a country other than that of which he or she is a national;

(ii) The staff member’s service is expected by the Secretary-General to continue:

a. At least six months beyond the date of return from the home leave; and

b. In the case of the frst home leave, at least six months beyond the date on which the staff member will have completed two years of qualifying service;

(iii) In the case of home leave following the return from a family visit travel under rule 7.1 (b), a staff member shall be eligible if normally not less than nine months of continuous service have elapsed since departure on the family visit travel.

(c) Staff members whose eligibility under paragraph (b) above is established at the time of their appointment shall begin to accrue service credit towards home leave from that date. Staff members who become eligible for home leave subsequent to appointment shall begin to accrue such service credit from the effective date of their becoming eligible.

(d) The country of home leave shall be the country of the staff member's nationality, subject to the following terms, conditions and exceptions:

(i) The place of home leave of the staff member within his or her home country shall be, for purposes of travel and transportation entitlements, the place with which the staff member had the closest residential ties during the period of his or her most recent residence in the home country. In exceptional circumstances, a change in the place in the country of home leave may be authorized, under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

(ii) A staff member who has served with another public international organization immediately preceding his or her appointment shall have the place of home leave determined as though his or her entire previous service with the other international organization had been with the Authority.

(iii) The Secretary-General, in exceptional and compelling circumstances, may authorize:

a. A country other than the country of nationality as the home country, for the purposes of this rule. Astaff member requesting such authorization will be required to satisfy the Secretary-General that the staff member maintained normal residence in such other country for a prolonged period preceding his

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