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    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 here for more information.

    Everyday our Refugee Officers - Security, Vetting and Program Integrity (SVPI) maximize USCIS initiatives to protect national security detect, assess, deter, and eliminate fraud, represent USCIS interests and collaborate with interagency law enforcement and intelligence community partners to develop and enhance strategies in the application of U.S. Immigration and Nationality laws, regulations, policies and programs.

    This position of REFUGEE OFFICER starts at a salary of $56,233 GS-9 step 1 grade level, with promotion potential to $106,012 GS-12 step 10 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, Refugee Affairs Division, Washington, DC within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    Shift Work: This position may be subject to shift work, shift differential may apply.

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    Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-10126009-REF

    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.
    Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for USCIS employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

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    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 a REFUGEE OFFICER, you will:

    • Assist with the revision of and coordinate SVPI-related operations, policies, procedures, guidance, and other requirements to various stakeholders within RAD, RAIO, FDNS, and external parties across inter-agency communities for National Security and program integrity related Refugee adjudications.
    • Review applications for refugee status to determine benefit eligibility; review and adjudicate requests for review of final determinations, and conduct interviews of applicants to determine eligibility to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
    • Maintain a current and working knowledge of country conditions pertinent to refugee populations and countries that are relevant to the applications being adjudicated. Interpret and provide advice and guidance on Immigration, Nationality and other pertinent bodies of law, policy and procedure.
    • Conduct preliminary investigation of cases, make recommendations on security check vetting for applicants for immigration benefits, utilize and generate intelligence information concerning refugee applicants, populations, and trends in refugee fraud and violations of law.
    • Assist with the developing of innovative approaches leveraging inter/intra agency assets to maximize the effectiveness of refugee program integrity and related matters.
    • Assist in additional projects as assigned, such as, responding to congressional inquiries, development and presentation of training materials, updating web based resources, drafting policy documents, statistical analysis of program trends, review of fraudulent applications and referring for further investigation and logistics and planning activities.
    • Conduct In-Field Training for new refugee officers, and identify emergent training needs and effective case examples for enhancement of necessary SVPI policies.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All U.S. Citizens

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