Immigration Services Officer (Level One)

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Closing date: 22 January 2019

United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)

USCIS is charged with processing immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, and asylum and refugee applications, as well as making adjudicative decisions performed at the service centers, and managing all other immigration benefits functions (i.e., not immigration enforcement) performed by the former INS. Other responsibilities include:

1. Administration of immigration services and benefits
2. Issuing employment authorization documents (EAD)
3. Adjudicating petitions for non-immigrant temporary workers
4. Granting lawful permanent resident status
5. Granting United States citizenship

USCIS offers diverse career opportunities within each position as well as advancement through the competitive application process, including career opportunities at the GS 11/12 level at the Field Office locations, as well as career opportunities with the Refugee and Asylum Corps.


As an Immigration Services Officer (Level One), you will:

•Research and interpret an extensive spectrum of sources including: immigration laws and regulations, operating instructions, legislative history, precedent decisions, state and local laws, international treaties and other legal references in order to follow the correct course of action. 

•Process immigration applications and petitions using available electronic systems to verify numerous established data points. 

•Provide direct and continuing assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, and officials of other Federal agencies, in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.

•Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements in order to assess credibility to determine the applicant's eligibility for specific benefits sought.

•Answer general and case-specific immigration questions at USCIS information rooms—which are open to the public.


Qualifications as an AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

VISTAs who completed service retain their NCE for one year after their COS date. The NCE can be extended by the hiring agency for up to two additional years beyond the one-year initial eligibility period (which would equal a maximum of three years from your COS date) for three reasons:

•  If, after VISTA service, you enter the military.

•  If you become a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning.

•  If you engage in another activity that the hiring agency thinks warrants an extension. Generally, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has indicated to federal agencies that it is appropriate to extend a candidate's NCE if s/he is gaining work experience that is relevant to the position being filled and that can be expected to enhance the candidate's performance and value to the agency. While these extensions should not be granted routinely, they may be used in situations where the activity or experience has truly enhanced the VISTA's value to the agency.

•  If you need help understanding your noncompetitive eligibility status, please visit

•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 drug screening

•Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.

•Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements

•Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

•New officers will be required to attend the academy for six weeks of training


Salary: $40,315 to $79,410 per year (GS-5 - GS-9)

How to apply

You may apply to this position by sending the following items to by 1/21/2019.
1. Verification of your NCE status
2. Résumé
3. Transcripts


630 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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