ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
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 at http://www.uscis.gov/.
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 Service Officer, you will support the Adjudication process by providing accurate and useful information to our customer, managing correspondence, and providing internal and external customer support. Officers at the full performance level may adjudicate cases, conduct security checks, conduct interviews, and ensure program quality assurance. You will:
•Independently research, interpret and analyze an extensive spectrum of sources including pertinent sections of the law and regulations, operating instructions, references and guidance contained in legislative history, precedent decisions, state and local laws, international treaties and other legal references to embrace the correct course of action;
•Grant or deny applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on electronic or paper applications/petitions;
•Process applications and petitions using available electronic systems through verification of any number of established data points to make adjudicative decisions and/or determine appropriate level of adjudicative review, and update databases with appropriate information and decisions;
•Conduct security checks in accordance with all applicable DHS/USCIS laws and policies;
•Provide direct and continuing assistance to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and officials of other Federal agencies in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national/public security;
•Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements and assess credibility, and analyze information gained to identify facts and considerations that form the basis for the determination as to the applicant’s eligibility for specific benefits sought.
GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if:
•Three years of experience, one year of which was equivalent to the GS-4 grade level that demonstrates experience in analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gathering data; planning and organizing work; communicating effectively orally and in writing. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work OR
•You may substitute a Bachelor’s degree or 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree for the experience required at the GS-5 level. 1 year of full-time undergraduate study is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.
GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if:
•In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the federal government performing the duties: preliminary examinations of applications/petitions for immigration benefits; ensuring required supporting documentation is included, and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures OR
•You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education (typically 18 semester or 27 quarter hours) OR
•You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level; a Bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.
GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if:
•In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the federal government performing the duties: examining and analyzing immigration benefit documents received for authenticity; researching and analyzing appropriate information; interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedure OR
•You may substitute a Master’s degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to a degree or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education (typically 36 semester or 54 quarter hours)
How to apply
This posting is for the USCIS District N13 Office Alignment (Brooklyn, New York and Queens field offices). The physical Duty Station for all three offices is located within the New York Field Office located at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278. Email resume, official college transcript and your letter of Non Competitive Eligibility to NYCHiring@uscis.dhs.gov .