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Job Title:IMMIGRATION OFFICER (FDNS)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-789029-FDS/NOR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 26, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Norfolk, VA 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: Securing America's Promise

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services mission is to ensure the delivery of the right immigration benefits to the right person at the right time, and no benefit to the wrong person. This position supports this mission by detecting and combating immigration benefit fraud, and identifying applicants and petitioners who pose a risk to national security and public safety.Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

Every day, our Immigration Officers (FDNS) provide guidance to field Immigration Officers in Center Fraud Detection Units, conduct research for the purpose of enhancing current policies and procedures, identify, articulate, and pursue suspected immigration benefit fraud.

This position of IMMIGRATION OFFICER (FDNS) starts at a salary of $31,315.00(GS-05 step 1), with promotion potential to $50,431.00 (GS-07 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, Norfolk, VA within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

THIS IS NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT (COVERED) POSITION.

Who May Apply

Candidates which include:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-788886-FDS/NOR
  • 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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The Office of Fraud Detection and National Security was established within USCIS to strengthen national security and the integrity of the legal immigration system by: detecting, pursuing, and deterring immigration fraud; ensuring background checks are conducted on all persons seeking benefits before granting benefits; identifying systematic vulnerabilities and other weaknesses that compromise the integrity of the legal immigration system; and performing as USCIS' primary conduit to and from law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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.

As an Immigration Officer (FDNS), you will be responsible for enhancing the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) program and identifying and addressing issues relative to U.S. national security and public safety. You will:

 

  • Perform site inspections to verify information from immigration benefits applications and petitions submitted to USCIS, perform in-person interviews in office settings as well as in residences, places of employment and worship, and other locations throughout the community and provide detailed reports of your findings upon completion of a site inspection.
  • Take sworn testimonies, administer oaths, have limited contact with attorneys, and by issuance of subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents.
  • Access USCIS data systems and other law enforcement and commercial databases to extract information concerning background checks and assist in the detection of fraud.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-05 :   You qualify at the GS-5 level if you possess one of the following:

 

  • Three years of progressively responsible experience, or one year of which equivalent to the GS-4 level or above that demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and deal effectively with others in person-to-person situations. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable; OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

 

GS-07 : You qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one of the following:  

 

  • One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level. Performing developmental assignments under the close guidance of a higher graded analyst that included selecting, abstracting, and excerpting data from specific sources and compiling them for the use of higher graded analysts and evaluating and making preliminary analyses of background check data pertaining to individuals; OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 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 the natural or social sciences, engineering, or military science is qualifying. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours; OR
  • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.


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-5 and 7 grade levels.

Motor Vehicle Operation: This position requires operation of a motor vehicle. You must possess a current valid driver’s license.

Travel: Frequent local travel is required.

Training: New recruits will attend a 6-week BASIC training program in Dallas, Texas (if not previously attended) and a 2-week Site Inspection training program in Dallas, Texas. This technical training must be successfully completed 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.

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

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, November 30, 2012).

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:

  • Customer Service
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Manages and Organizes Information

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, November 30, 2012.  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: "MB789029”
  • 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 submit 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 THREE
Phone: (802)660-1147
Email: HROCTEAM3@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-789029-FDS/NOR

Control Number:

331508100