CIS Clerk

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

About the organization

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at


Every day, our CIS Clerks (OA) review various types of applications and petitions for benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act and prepare replies to applicants requesting additional information.
As a CIS Clerk (OA), your duties will include the following:
• Conducting sensitive file reviews with numerous Federal, state and local agencies and preparing case file records and related documents to be routed to other offices.
• Searching for missing files/records and placing loose documents into appropriate case files.
• Performing general mail handling and distribution including sorting, opening, date stamping, classifying, processing, and routing.
• Preparing, maintaining and submitting statistical and required reports to supervisor.
• Using computer record systems for searching, creating and updating information.


GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These duties will include:
• Reviewing applications for accuracy, validity, and proper form and format; using various computer software programs to produce office support materials; setting up and maintaining subject matter files, technical instructions, and/or operating procedures. OR
• You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor s degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor’s degree for the experience required at the GS-5 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours
If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
Typing Certification: Applicants must be able to type at least 40 words per minute.
General Office Skills: Applicants must possess knowledge of general office automation software, practices, and procedures.


$38,586 (GS-5, Step 1) - $50,158 (GS-5, Step 10)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Required Application Materials
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Peace Corps Description of Service/Certification of Noncompetitive Eligibility
4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees, including Peace Corps civil service employees)
5. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.
Send your cover letter, resume, and other supporting documentation to: [email protected]
IMPORTANT: Include in the subject line of the e-mail message: “RPCV Application Packet for CIS Clerk – YOUR LAST NAME”

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