Asylum Officer

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Los Angeles Asylum Office

About the organization

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; Join DHS.

Every day, our Asylum Officers adjudicate asylum applications, conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings, and adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider.

Duties

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.

As an Asylum Officer, you will:
• Adjudicate complex and highly sensitive immigration benefits, asylum applications, other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider, and conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings.
• Review applications and supporting evidence, conduct interviews, and research appropriate information provided by the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, the Department of State, and other sources.
• Interpret and apply appropriate policy, regulations, statutes, and precedent decisions to make eligibility determinations.
• Produce written assessments supporting asylum, NACARA, credible fear and reasonable fear decisions.
• Establish and maintain liaison with external federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and/or private sector stakeholders involved in asylum benefits.
Travel Required
Frequent travel - Frequent travel will be required for this position.
Security clearance: Secret
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Asylum Officer position include individuals with graduate degrees in public policy, political science, public administration, diplomacy, international relations or studies, philosophy, clinical psychology, law, social work, anthropology, mass communication, journalism, history, or economics. Ideal candidates should possess strong verbal, written and analytical skills, as well as experience formulating and articulating research-based findings in time-sensitive environments.

GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 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:
• Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits by examining supporting documentation for authenticity and relevance, as well as researching and analyzing appropriate information for eligibility. Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures as they relate to an individual's eligibility for immigration benefits. OR
• You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

Salary

This position of ASYLUM OFFICER starts at a salary of $58,466 GS-09, Step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to $110,224 GS-12, Step 10 grade level.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Required Documents
o Your resume.
o Peace Corps Description of Service/Certification of Noncompetitive Eligibility
o College transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to support the educational substitution, basic educational requirement, or a list of coursework with hours completed.
You will need to email all your application materials to [email protected] Your resume and supporting materials will need to be attached as PDF documents.
IMPORTANT: Include in the subject line of the e-mail message: “RPCV Application Packet for AO – YOUR LAST NAME”

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