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Job Title:  Immigration Judge (Honolulu)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for Immigration Review
Job Announcement Number:  EOIR-14-0099

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$128,126.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, September 5, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI View Map
United States Citizens
Top Secret


Applications will be accepted from all sources (Federal and Non-Federal). 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.  

If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging career, this is the position for you! 

This position is in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge. 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 employment 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.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Immigration Judges may be required to travel frequently, including weekends.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Relevant experience (see qualifications below.)


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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.



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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 or nationals 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 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 (QRF's):

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. 


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Alternative work schedule options are available.


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


Direct Deposit:

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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


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).

Conditions of Employment:  Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals 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.  All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement.  For a total of three (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 oversees.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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Vacancies are posted for individual cities. Multiple cities may be posted at or about the same time. Applicants must submit a separate application for each vacancy announcement, i.e. city. Each application must contain the vacancy announcement number and location of the position. Single applications listing multiple cities or vacancy announcements will be rejected. 

To be considered, you may submit a complete Application Package between Thursday, August 14, 2014 and any time prior to 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 05, 2014.
You may apply online or fax in your documents. Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status.
To begin the online process, follow these steps:
1. 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. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, and use the following vacancy ID number  1190543, fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed. NOTE: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager/gov .

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:
1.   Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
2.   Click the following link to view and print the Assessment questionnaire, TAG:View Occupational Questionnaire and,
3.   Print the OPM Form 1203-FX form, in order to provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. You may obtain the form by using this URL link, You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
4.   Fax the completed 1203-FX form, resume, and supporting documents to
1-(478)-757-3144. Your 1203-FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

Interested applicants must provide a résumé or any other written format you choose. Applicants must provide a writing sample and also submit a separate, detailed narrative supplemental statement addressing the Quality Ranking Factors stated above in relation to the applicants qualifications, and, if current or former government employees, copies of their most recent performance appraisal and their latest SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action. When submitting a résumé, please include specific dates employed and if work was performed on a part-time or full-time basis.



- Resume documenting relative experience.
- Documents addressing the 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, include 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, include documentation from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any other government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.


Please Note:  All applications must contain the announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying.  Applications must also contain your full name, mailing address (with zip code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code), social security number, any other country of citizenship (if applicable), date and state of bar admission, and the highest Federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held).


Kimberly Coleman
Phone: (703)305-1561
Agency Information:
US Dept of Justice Exec Ofc for Immig Review
Office of Human Resources
5107 Leesburg Pike
Suite 2300
Washington, DC


We will evaluate the qualifications and eligibility of all applicants, then assess those who meet the minimum qualifications.  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.

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