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Immigration Services Officer I


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation's lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values. Visit us here for more information


As an Immigration Services Officer, you will independently research, interpret and analyze an extensive spectrum of sources in order to accurately adjudicate immigration benefits and petitions. The duties of this position include: • At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope performed with less independence, and limited complexity. • Grant or deny applications and petitions for immigration benefits and determine appropriate level of adjudicative review and update databases with appropriate information and decisions. • Research and interpret sources including immigration laws and regulations, operating instructions, legislative history, precedent decisions, state and local laws, and international treaties to determine adjudicative decision. • Gather information using a variety of methods including document review, electronic systems checks, interviews, etc. to make adjudicative decisions on immigration benefit applications/petitions. • Process electronic or paper applications and petitions for immigration benefits using available electronic systems to verify numerous established data points. • Provide direct assistance to personnel/officials of other Federal agencies in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national/public security. • Conduct security checks in accordance with all applicable DHS/USCIS laws and policies. • Provide applicant/petitioner/beneficiary support, problem resolution, and in-person services.


GS-5: You qualify at this level if you have 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-4 level, performing the following: Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; Planning and organizing work; Communicating effectively orally and in writing; Dealing effectively with others in person-to-person situations. Or bachelor’s or equivalent degree GS-7: You qualify at this level if you have 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level, performing the following: Performing preliminary examinations of applications/petitions for immigration benefits; Communicating effectively orally and in writing; and Applying immigration laws, policies, and procedures. Or 1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement GS-9: You qualify at this level if you have 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level, performing the following: Examining and analyzing applications/petitions for immigration benefits; Researching and analyzing appropriate information; and Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies, and procedures. Or master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 yrs. of graduate level education or LL.B. or J.D.

Application instructions

Please submit your resume, letter of non-competitive eligibility, and official or unofficial college transcripts to [email protected]. Entry level vacancies exist at the GS-5, GS-7, and GS-9 levels in San Diego, California. Candidates with advanced degrees (bachelor's and master's degrees) may automatically qualify with no prior immigration experience. Thank you for your interest in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services!

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