IMMIGRATION SERVICES OFFICER (LEVEL 1 GS-5/7/9)

DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

About the organization

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.
USCIS 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 in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national security.

Duties

The responsibilities described are for the GS-09 level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
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.
Gather information using a variety of methods including document review, electronic systems checks, interviews, etc. to make adjudicative decisions on immigration benefit applications/petitions.
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.
Provide applicant/petitioner/beneficiary support including liaison with internal and external stakeholders, problem resolution, and in-person services.

Supervisory Status: No
Promotion Potential: GS-9

Qualifications

GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one (1) 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. 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.

GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. Performing preliminary examinations of applications and petitions for immigration benefits, evaluating evidence and drafting appropriate correspondence; Ensuring required supporting documentation is included in application package(s) and applying necessary immigration laws, policies and procedures;

GS-09: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Salary

$37,564 to $73,991 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Contact email: [email protected] Ensure to include the following in the subject line: Immigration Services Officer (GS-9) - HIA ***Peace Corps***
This position is being opened to recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers with Non-Competitive Eligibility. To apply for this position using NCE, please directly email the following:
1) Your proof of current NCE Status
2) Your resume
3) Graduate School Transcripts (if applicable)

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