Job Overview


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

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

This position of IMMIGRATION OFFICER (FDNS) starts at a salary of $57,408.00(GS-11 step 1), with promotion potential to $106,369.00 (GS-13 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the FDNS Vermont Service Center, St. Albans, VT OR Essex, VT within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The vacancy announcement shows the location to be St. Albans; however, the Vermont Service Center has two sites, St. Albans and Essex Junction, Vermont.  The determination as to what location the position is assigned to has not been made at this time.

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Shift work may be required.  Shift differential will apply.

Note: The purpose of this notice is to recruit candidates for full-time permanent and term positions. Competition is open to all individuals who feel they can meet the qualification requirements identified in this vacancy announcement. Candidates who accept term positions may be converted to permanent positions without further competition. Term appointment is not-to-exceed thirteen months; however, it may be extended up to a total of four years without further competition. Selectee(s) for the term position, if currently holding a career or career-conditional appointment, is NOT guaranteed return rights to their former position at the expiration date of the appointment. Please note that if you are offered a term appointment and decline, your name will be removed from further consideration under this announcement. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage.


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.


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.

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:

  • Identify, articulate, and pursue suspected immigration benefit fraud. Conduct inquiries to verify or disprove said suspicions. Prepare analyses and reports that describe findings and state recommendations.
  • Conduct fraud-based field inquiries and prepare summary reports pertaining to fraud cases, identifying systemic and other specific vulnerabilities that threaten the integrity of this country's legal immigration system.
  • Analyze all facts and other evidence to recommend corrective actions, ranging from changes in local, regional, and/or national policy and procedures and pursue legislative remedies.
  • Analyze and report on the effectiveness of the local anti-fraud operation to include reviewing all local policies and procedures, identifying deficiencies, and recommending or taking corrective actions. Keep local and regional management well informed.


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.