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Job Title:ASYLUM OFFICER

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-770845-ASY

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $100,859.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0930-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

28 vacancies in the following location(s):
Houston, TX United StatesView Map
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map
Anaheim, CA United StatesView Map
Queens, NY United StatesView Map
Lyndhurst, NJ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 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. Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

Everyday our Asylum Officers a djudicate asylum applications, conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings, and adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider. This position of ASYLUM OFFICER starts at a salary of $51,630.00 (GS- 09, step 1), with promotion potential to $100,859.00 (GS- 12, step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Regugee, Asylum, and International Operations, Asylum Office, within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

THE ACTUAL SALARY MAY BE HIGHER DUE TO AN ADJUSTMENT FOR LOCALITY PAY.  To view the 2012 Locality Pay Charts click on the following link: http://www.opm.gov/oca/11tables/index.asp

 

Travel: Frequent travel is required for this position. 

 

  • Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-770846-ASY
    • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

    USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
    This position is in the bargaining unit.
    This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

    Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
    • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
    • You must pass a drug screening
    • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
    • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

    DUTIES:

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    As an Asylum Officer, you will:

    • Adjudicate asylum applications, conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings, and adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider.
    • Review applications and supporting evidence; conduct interviews; and research appropriate information provided by the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, the Department of State, and other sources.
    • Interpret and apply appropriate policy, regulations, statutes, and precedent decisions to make eligibility determinations.
    • Produce written assessments supporting your decisions.
    • Review information from law enforcement databases and other records to identify individuals who are ineligible for asylum due to national security, public safety, or other grounds.

    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal government, with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples include:

    • Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits that included examining documents for authenticity; researching and analyzing appropriate information; and interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
    • You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education 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. 

    GS-11: In addition to the requirements for the GS-9 level, you qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Recommending final determinations on or representing applicants in non-sensitive, routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters that includes determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations and judicial and administrative precedents. OR
  • You may substitute a doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or an L.L.M. for experience at the GS-11 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 three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours
    • GS-12: In addition to the requirements for the GS-11 level, you qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
  • Preparing legal briefs or other written memoranda that advocate for or serve as final determinations on sensitive and complex hearing or appeal cases involving eligibility for asylum, suspension of deportation, and immigration benefits; independently analyzing immigration laws, policies, and precedent decisions; analyzing information and documents to determine credibility and eligibility; and writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.

  • EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: 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 and 11 grade levels.

    Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

    Travel: Frequent travel is required for this position. Asylum Officers are required to travel to circuit-ride locations (locations established to serve applicants in distant locations from the home asylum office, generally at other USCIS District Offices and detention facilities) to conduct interviews. As immigration emergencies arise, selectee may be required to travel to other locations as well, sometimes for extended periods, to conduct interviews.

     

    For the Houston office, those officers conduct interviews within a 10-state jurisdiction that runs from New Mexico to Mississippi, north to Wyoming, and east to Tennessee. 

    Training: If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the six-week, paid Asylum Officer Training Course (AOTC) at a USCIS training facility. In addition, if you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the six week BASIC Immigration Officer training program at a USCIS training facility. The trainings must be completed successfully according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.

      

    The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcementFriday, January 18, 2013 

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

    • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • TECHNICAL COMPETENCE
    • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
    • LEGAL, GOVERNMENT AND JURISPRUDENCE
    • LEGAL ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH
    • ORAL COMMUNICATION/ INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS

     

        NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

        If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.   To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

         

        Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website.   To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified   category for this position, as described above.   In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

         

        Veterans:   Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.   Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.   For information on veterans' preference, please click here.  


    BENEFITS:

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    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

     

    Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals with disabilities  possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. 

     

    USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

     



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, January 18, 2013.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you can not apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

    To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

    If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

    • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
    • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB770845”
    • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
    • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    • Your resumé

    • Are you qualifying based on education?  You must a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link. 
    • Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:

      ·         a copy of your agency notice,

      ·         a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

      ·         a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

     

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    HR OPERATIONS CENTER-TEAM TWO
    Phone: (802)660-1146
    Email: HROCTEAM2@DHS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    70 Kimball Avenue
    South Burlington, VT
    05403
    USA

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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 after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  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.

    For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here. 


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    Job Announcement Number:

    CIS-PJN-770845-ASY

    Control Number:

    330012000