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Job Title:Immigration Enforcement Agent

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-ERO-749649-BB-024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$53,350.00 to $68,834.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to Tuesday, October 09, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Baltimore, MD United StatesView Map


DHS Status Candidates


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Who May Apply:

  • Current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees in the competitive service who are serving on a career or career-conditional appointment.
  • Current Department of Homeland Security employees who meet the established criteria in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement.
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: These positions are located in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO),Baltimore Field Office (FBL). Duty Location: Baltimore, MD.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


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You will perform a variety of enforcement functions related to the investigation, identification, apprehension, arrest, prosecution, detention and deportation of aliens and the apprehension of absconders from removal proceedings. You will:

  • assist in the processing and deporting or escorting of aliens to their country of citizenship and perform such detention responsibilities as assuring their care (physical, mental and civil rights);
  • counsel deportees regarding personal and family matters;
  • supervise and transport deportees;
  • arrest and process for removal any aliens encountered who are not authorized to be in or work in the United States


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GS-9: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-9 level:


Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level performing duties such as: searching and analyzing information from records/databases to confirm the identity of individuals arrested or detained; interviewing individuals (e.g., criminals, detainees, aliens, witnesses) to obtain and verify facts; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case files; writing reports concerning apprehensions, interviews, and other law enforcement-related activities; and performing law enforcement support duties such as taking fingerprints and photographs, conducting interviews, and responding to general immigration inquiries.

Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, such as a L.L.B./J.D. degree for the experience required at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying.) 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 hours or 54 quarter hours.

Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-9 grade level.


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Time in Grade:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Security Clearance: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.

Medical/Physical: You must pass pre-employment medical and fitness testing requirements for this position. Prior to appointment, you must be determined physically fit to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties, and you must also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities). Examinations are conducted by an authorized government physician.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You must satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the firearms component of the Criminal Investigation Training Program at Glynco, Georgia. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment.

Age Restrictions: In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under enforcement retirement provisions; therefore, you must be referred for selection before reaching your 40th birthday unless you presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian enforcement position and will have a total of 20 years of coverage prior to your 60th birthday.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Homeland Security has established an Interim Policy for Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Customs and Border Protection Officers. The age restriction as articulated above shall NOT apply to veteran’s preference eligibles as defined in Title 5, U.S.C., Section 2108, item (3). Applicants meeting this definition of “preference eligibles” shall be considered for this position regardless of age.

Travel: You will be required to travel frequently.

Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid state driver s license and be able to drive an automobile or light truck. You may also need to obtain and maintain a state commercial driver s license operate an over-the-road bus capable of transporting 30 or more persons.

Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

Completion of Training: You must have successfully completed Basic Immigration Law Enforcement Training in accordance with 8 CFR 287.1(g) and other applicable agency policy. This includes successful completion of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention & Removal Operations (DRO) Basic Immigration Law Enforcement Training Program (ICE_D); the legacy Immigration Officer Basic Training Course (IOBTC); the Border Patrol Academy; the combination of both the legacy Basic Immigration Detention Enforcement Officer Training Course and the ICE DRO Equivalency Training Program (ETP); the ICE Special Agent Training Program; the combination of FLETC Criminal Investigator Training Program and the DRO Equivalency Training Program for Special Agents (ETPSA) and for legacy US Customs Special Agents, the ICE / Customs Special Agent Cross Training Program. Due to regulatory requirements, no other training will be accepted. Please note, if selected, you may be required to submit proof of completion (i.e. training certificate).  

Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO): You will be required to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour workweek. You must be readily accessible to perform this unscheduled work. To ensure your availability, you will receive extra compensation in the form of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Organizational Awareness, Problem Solving/Reasoning, Technical Competencies, Self-Management, Oral and Written Communication.

Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Applicants will be referred for selection in accordance with the terms of the agency merit promotion plan. 

CTAP Eligibles:If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP eligible.  Information about CTAP eligibility may be found on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  To be considered well qualified under CTAP you must earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position. 


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".



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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 09, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 749649.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


  • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • If you are a current or former Federal employee, SF-50 or equivalent documenting competitive status.(Current ICE employees are not required to provide SF-50).
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.
  • Proof of Eligibility if applying for consideration under the Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement. Individuals requesting consideration under the Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement must submit proof of eligibility such as a Notice of Personnel Action, a separation notice, or other appropriate documentation.
  • Proof of Education if basing your qualifications on education (transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking.) Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Tuesday, October 09, 2012 for further instructions.

You must submit all required information by Tuesday, October 09, 2012. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.


HR Assistant
Phone: (949)360-3058
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
Laguna Niguel, CA


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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