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Pay Range:
$56,233 to $106,012 / Per Year
Job Grade:
GS-1801-9/12
Schedule:
Full-Time
Duration:
Permanent
Apply by: 2018-02-16 Published: 1 week ago

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation.

DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters.

We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.

Make an impact; Join DHS.

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.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

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.

GS-09: You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

You must have experience performing the following duties: Assisting individuals applying for refugee, asylum or other immigration benefits by examining documents for authenticity.

Researching and analyzing appropriate refugee, asylum or other immigration information.

Responding to general inquiries regarding refugee, asylum or other immigration benefits and entitlements.

OR You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level.

Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education.

If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

GS-11: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

In addition to the requirements of the lower grade level, you must also have experience performing the following duties; Making final determinations on non-sensitive, routine refugee, asylum or other immigration benefit requests that involve determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations and judicial and administrative precedents.

Utilizing and generating intelligence information concerning trends in refugee fraud and violations of law and designing and implementing quality assurance methods OR You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M., if related, for experience at the GS-11 grade level.

Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study.

If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours; such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-12: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

In addition to the requirements of the lower grade level, you must also have experience performing the following duties: Making final determinations on complex refugee, asylum or other immigration cases involving eligibility for protection and resettlement.

Establishing identity and determining eligibility for benefits by analyzing facts, examining documents for authenticity, and researching and analyzing appropriate information, law and country conditions.

Adjudicating difficult and sensitive immigration benefit cases that are discretionary, precedent-setting, have high visibility and are important to the agency.

Writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.

Please read the following IMPORTANT information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity.

Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience.

Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information: Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job) Duties (be specific in describing your duties) Employer's name and address Supervisor name and phone number Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g.

June 18 2007 to April 05 2008) Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position.

Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Salary Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible Federal Experience If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history.

This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).

Volunteer work helps build criteria competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer service.

Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

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