Immigration Services Officer - II

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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.
U.S.C.I.S. 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.
Every day our Immigration Services Officers grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits and provide assistance to other federal agencies.

Duties

Grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on electronic or paper applications/petitions.
Research, interpret and apply appropriate statutes, regulations, and precedent decisions to make adjudicative decisions.
Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements in order to assess credibility and analyze information to identify facts.
Conduct security checks and provide assistance to Federal law enforcement agencies to identify individuals who are ineligible for immigration benefits due to national security, public safety, or other legal grounds.
Use electronic systems to make adjudicative decisions, determine appropriate level of adjudicative review, and update databases.

Qualifications

GS-09: Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07. Must be able to assist individuals applying for immigration benefits; research and analyze information related to immigration benefits, and interpret and apply immigration laws, policies, and procedures. May substitute successful completion of a Master’s Degree or 2 full years of graduate education or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree. Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university.
GS-11: In addition to the GS-09 requirements, must have 1 year specialized experience making final determinations on non-sensitive routine immigration matters related to the INA or representing applicants on non-sensitive routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters that included determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence and applying statutory requirement, regulations, judicial and administrative precedents. OR may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) or 3 full years of higher-level graduate education.
GS-12: In addition to the above requirements, must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government such as making final determinations on sensitive complex immigration cases involving eligibility for citizenship and immigration benefits, or preparing legal briefs or other written memoranda that advocate for a determination in complex hearing or appeal cases.

Salary

$53,187 - $100,273

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Subject line: Immigration Services Officer – II (GS 9/11/12)

Please submit your resume and Peace Corps service description letter (NCE letter) to [email protected] If using education as a basis for qualification, you must also submit a copy of your school transcripts (unofficial are acceptable for the application process, but official transcripts may be requested later if an offer is made).

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