Asylum Officer

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

About the organization

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. We are more than 21,000 government employees and contractors working at over 200 offices worldwide.

Our Mission: USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.

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This position is in the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, Asylum Division, Los Angeles Asylum Office, in Tustin, CA.

As an Asylum Officer, you will adjudicate asylum applications, conduct credible/reasonable fear and other screenings, and adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the asylum program.

Duties

• Adjudicating complex and highly sensitive asylum applications and other adjudications managed by the asylum program; conducting credible/reasonable fear screenings.
• Reviewing applications and supporting evidence, conducting interviews, performing security checks, and researching information provided by the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate; the Department of State; and other sources.
• Interpreting and applying appropriate policy, regulations, statutes, and precedent decisions to make eligibility determinations.
• Producing written determinations supporting adjudications, such as asylum, NACARA, credible fear and reasonable fear decisions.
• Establishing and maintaining liaison with external federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and/or private sector stakeholders involved in asylum benefits.

Qualifications

GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
• Analyzing information gathered through research to summarize facts or provide written recommendations.
• Performing research to gather specific information from a variety of sources (for example: databases, official reports and documents).
OR
• You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-07 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.
OR
• You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

You may also be considered at the GS-9, GS-11, and GS-12 levels.

Salary

This position goes from GS-07, step 01 ($57,007 per year) to GS-12, step 10 ($131,452 per year).

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submit the following required documents by email to [email protected] with the subject “Application - Asylum Officer - ZLA” by 11:59pm Eastern on the closing date.
* Resume: A resume that demonstrates you have the required experience. USCIS’ Human Resources Office will only review the first 5 pages of your resume to determine your eligibility/qualifications.
* Peace Corps certification: Official certification from Peace Corps stating your dates of service and non-competitive eligibility.
* Are you qualifying based on education? Your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an accredited institution that shows your name and the name of the institution. Foreign education may be used if you submit foreign education accreditation from a service that is endorsed by the Association of International Credential Evaluators (https://aice-eval.org/endorsed-members/) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (https://www.naces.org).

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