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ProfileImmigration Services Officer, GS 9 - 12 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, assess credibility, and analyze information to identify facts that form the basis for a decision concerning eligibility for immigration benefits. 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 provide verification of any number of established data points to make adjudicative decisions, determine appropriate level of adjudicative review, and update databases with appropriate information and decisions.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: GS-09: Must possess 1 year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal government. Must have experience performing the following duties: Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits that included analyzing documents for authenticity. Researching and analyzing appropriate information. Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures.
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-09 grade level.
GS-11: Must have 1 year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal government. Must have experience performing the following duties: Making final determinations on non-sensitive, routine immigration matters related to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Representing applicants on non-sensitive, routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters, that included determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations, judicial and administrative precedents.
A doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M. if related for experience at the GS-11 grade level or such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary.
GS-12: Must have 1 year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal government. Must have experience performing the following duties: 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. Writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions. Analyzing information and documents to determine credibility and eligibility.
Note: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL); Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee; Federal employees - Competitive service; Current or former competitive service federal employees; CBP, ICE & CIS Employees with Competitive Status; Surplus/Displaced Eligibles can apply.
Announcement number: CIS-10177900-SAA. Apply online, No emails.
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403