Immigration Services Officer (GS-5/7/9)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

About the organization

Every day, we change lives.

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.

Visit uscis.gov/careers to learn more about what it means to work for USCIS.

This position is in the Service Center Operations Directorate, Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln, NE.

Duties

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.

• 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.
• 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.

Qualifications

GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level, 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 problems, gathering pertinent data and recognizing solutions;
• Planning and organizing work to ensure timely completion;
• Communicating clearly, both orally and in writing and providing excellent customer service.

Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position.

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-05 grade 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.

You may also be considered for this opportunity at the GS-07 and GS-09 level(s), for which there are additional requirements.

Salary

This position goes from GS-05, step 01 ($39,576 per year) to GS-09, step 10 ($77,955 per year).

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submit the following required documents by email to [email protected] with the subject “Application - Immigration Services Officer (1) - NSC” 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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