U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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 19,000 government employees and contractors working at more than 200 offices across the world.

Our Mission: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

This position is in the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, International and Refugee Affairs Division, Refugee and International Operations Field Office in Washington, DC.


As a Refugee Officer, you will adjudicate refugee applications, support refugee-related screenings, adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations directorate to determine immigration benefit eligibility.

You will:
• Review applications, conduct interviews, and adjudicate requests of applicants for refugee status to determine benefit eligibility and determine final eligibility to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
• Research immigration laws, policies, and relevant country conditions to analyze testimony, documentation, and credibility to determine eligibility for benefits.
• Interpret and apply U.S. immigration laws and policies to make final eligibility determinations and produce written assessments supporting decisions for refugee status.
• Review security checks information to identify individuals who are ineligible due to national security or other grounds of inadmissibility.
• Work with external federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and/or private sector stakeholders involved in refugee resettlement.
• Screen affidavits to determine eligibility for family reunification refugee cases.
• Assist in additional projects as assigned, such as, responding to congressional inquiries, drafting policy documents, conducting statistical analyses of program trends, and reviewing applications for indicators of fraud and referring for further investigation.


GS-09: You 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. You must have experience performing the following duties:

• Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits by examining supporting documentation for authenticity and relevance, as well as researching and analyzing appropriate information for eligibility; and
• Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures as they relate to an individual’s eligibility for immigration benefits.


• You may substitute a Master’s degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 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.


$60,129 to $113,362 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submit the following required documents by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Non-competitive application – Refugee Officer” no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date.
* Resume: A resume that clearly 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 that states 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 can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in the United States (

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