This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Immigration Judge
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for Immigration Review
Job Announcement Number:  EOIR-13-0011

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,263.00 to $163,317.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE United States
Applications will be accepted from ALL SOURCES; veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service; and individuals eligible for appointment under special appointing authorities (Americans with Disabilities).



 “This job announcement supersedes EOIR-10-0221.  If you wish to be considered you must reapply.”

This position is in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, at the immigration court located in Omaha, NE. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers the federal immigration laws by conducting Immigration Court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three components: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous Immigration Courts located throughout the United States where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of the Immigration Judges' decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of our Nation's immigration laws in all cases.

More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.


Immigration Judges preside in formal, quasi-judicial hearings. Proceedings before Immigration Judges include but are not limited to deportation, exclusion, removal, rescission, and bond. Immigration Judges make decisions, which are final unless formally appealed, in connection with these proceedings, exercise certain discretionary powers as provided by law, and are required to exercise independent judgment in reaching final decisions. Immigration Judges may be required to conduct hearings in penal institutions and other remote locations.


Applicants must have a LL.B. or a J.D. degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia (include date of admission to the bar). Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum of seven years of relevant post-bar admission legal experience at the time the application is submitted.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.



Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based, in part, on the following quality ranking factors (QRFs):


1.    Ability to demonstrate the appropriate temperament to serve as a judge.


2.    Knowledge of immigration laws and procedures.


3.    Substantial litigation experience, preferably in a high volume context.


4.    Experience handling complex legal issues.


5.    Experience conducting administrative hearings.


6.    Knowledge of judicial practices and procedures.

Applicants are required to address QRF #1 and a minimum of three (3) of the remaining five (5) factors in narrative form. The QRFs must be addressed on a separate document which indicates the number of the specific QRF you are addressing. Applicants should be thorough in addressing the QRFs. For example, applicants addressing QRF #3 (substantial litigation experience) should discuss the approximate number of cases handled in a given period of time, the applicant's specific role (first chair, co-counsel, responsible for the written brief only, etc.), and the length of time involved in a given role (lead counsel in 20 jury trials in 10 years). Applicants should also include specific examples of the types of cases, the number of court appearances made in those cases, and the case dispositions (plea, settlement, bench trial, jury trial, etc.). Conclusory statements (such as "the applicant has been involved in a substantial amount of litigation") will receive little or no weight in the evaluation of the QRFs.



Immigration Judges may be required to travel frequently, including on weekends.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Alternative work schedule options are available.

This is an excepted service appointment. Upon completion of the required trial period, the position will be permanent.

Employees may join the Department of Justice Leave Bank Program.


Employees earn annual and sick leave, and enjoy 10 paid holidays per year. New Federal employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System and can elect a variety of other benefits including tax-deferred health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan, and tax-deferred flexible spending accounts.


Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment is contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Selectee(s) must be able to obtain a top secret clearance.

All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, whose job location is within the U.S. must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S.; 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (see section entitled "Required Documents" for further details).

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

It is the policy of the Department of Justice to seek to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, or physical or mental handicap in employment within the Department and to ensure equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advance on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. The Department provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring servicing personnel office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.






EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


If there are vacancy announcements pending for multiple locations at the same time, applicants must submit a complete application for each location for which they wish to be considered (please see the sections entitled "Key Requirements," "How You Will Be Evaluated," and "Required Documents" for further information on how to apply). Each application must contain the vacancy announcement number and location of the position. If only one application is received, it will only be considered for the location specified on the application.

Applications must be mailed to: U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Administration Division, Office of Human Resources, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2300, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. ATTN: Inez Patten. Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by 5pm EST on Wednesday, December 26, 2012


- Resume or any other format that describes your relevant work experience and qualifications. If you are submitting a resume or other format, it must include the announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying and specific location(s), your full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers (including area code), e-mail address, social security number, country of citizenship, and highest Federal civilian grade held including job series and dates held.

- Documents addressing the QRFs (see section entitled 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for further details on how to address QRFs).

- Writing sample (one (1) only, and not to exceed 25 pages).

- A minimum of three (3) letters of reference from individuals, based on personal knowledge, who can speak to your overall qualifications, including integrity, attitude and demeanor.

- Documentation supporting eligibility for a special appointing authority (eligible veterans, disabled, etc.). Although the point system is not used, per se, if claiming 5-point veterans' preference, a Form DD-214 or correspondence from the Veterans' Administration. For applicants claiming 10-point veterans' preference, a Form SF-15, VA or military letter dated 1991 or later, and Form DD-214 must be submitted. For applicants claiming disability, documentation from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any other government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.

WARNING: Failure to submit these documents, or failure to submit them in the required format, may result in your application receiving no further consideration or less favorable consideration.


Inez Patten
Phone: (703)305-1561
Fax: (703)305-1456
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice
5107 Leesburg Pike
Suite 2300
Falls Church, VA
22041 Fax: (703)305-1456


We will evaluate the qualifications and eligibility of all applicants, then assess those who meet the minimum requirements. All candidates who meet all the minimum requirements will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. We will notify you of the final outcome after all of these steps have been completed.

Control Number: 331673200
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