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-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 or relevance, as well as researching and analyzing appropriate information for eligibility; or
• 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 or equivalent degree, or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or L.L.B degree for experience required at the GS-09 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. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

You may also be considered for this opportunity at the GS-11 and GS-12 level(s), for which there are additional requirements.

Salary

This position goes from GS-09, step 01 ($69,729 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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