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Immigration Services Officer

Company: Citizenship and Immigration Services
Location: Portland
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

This position is located in Field Operations Directorate, Office of Field Operations, District 41 Portland OR Field Office

As an Immigration Services Officer, you will independently research, interpret and analyze an extensive spectrum of sources in order to accurately adjudicate immigration benefits and petitions.

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Overview

  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates

      11/08/2021 to 11/17/2021
    • Salary

      $37,634 - $74,129 per year
    • Pay scale & grade

      GS 05 - 09
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      Location

      2 vacancies in the following location:
      • Portland, OR 2 vacancies
      • Telework eligible

        Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
      • Travel Required

        Occasional travel - You may be required to travel for this position
      • Relocation expenses reimbursed

        No
      • Appointment type

        Permanent
      • Work schedule

        Full-time
      • Service

        Competitive
      • Promotion potential

        09
      • Job family (Series)

        1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
      • Supervisory status

        No
      • Security clearance

        Other
      • Drug test

        Yes
      • Announcement number

        POO-2
      • Control number

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        This job is open to
        • Internal to an agency

          Current federal employees of this agency.
        • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

          Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee. Clarification from the agency

          Current USCIS employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.

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          Duties
          • The responsibilities described are for the GS-09 full performance grade level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
          • Grant or deny applications and petitions for immigration benefits and determine appropriate level of adjudicative review and update databases with appropriate information and decisions.
          • Research and interpret sources including immigration laws and regulations, operating instructions, legislative history, precedent decisions, state and local laws, and international treaties to determine adjudicative decision.
          • Gather information using a variety of methods including document review, electronic systems checks, interviews, etc. to make adjudicative decisions on immigration benefit applications/petitions.
          • Process electronic or paper applications and petitions for immigration benefits using available electronic systems to verify numerous established data points.
          • Provide direct assistance to personnel/officials of other Federal agencies in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national/public security.
          • Conduct security checks in accordance with all applicable DHS/USCIS laws and policies.
          • Provide applicant/petitioner/beneficiary support including liaison with internal and external stakeholders, problem resolution, and in-person services. Help
            Requirements

            Conditions of Employment
            • 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 a drug screening
            • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
            • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
            • Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding
            • Full COVID vaccination as required by Executive Order 14043 The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

              Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

              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.

              Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

              Background Investigation:To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The background investigation process is initiated after a selection is made. For more information visit the OPM Mythbuster Page.

              If a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is needed or the position is designated a Sensitive National Security position, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances or Sensitive National Security position prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance or national security eligibility while encumbering the position.

              Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

              Qualifications

              GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
              • Analyzing problems, gathering pertinent data and recognizing solutions
              • Planning and organizing work to ensure timely completion
              • Communicating clearly, both orally and in writing and providing excellent customer service OR
              • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-05 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
                • Performing preliminary examinations of applications and petitions for immigration benefits, evaluating evidence and drafting appropriate correspondence;
                • Ensuring required supporting documentation is included in application package(s) and applying necessary immigration laws, policies and procedures
                • Reviewing immigration benefit applications to determine adjudicative decision.duties of the position OR
                • You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-07 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours. OR
                • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision or membership in a national scholastic honor society. GS-09: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
                  • Examining, evaluating evidence, and analyzing immigration benefits documents received for authenticity
                  • Researching, analyzing and applying appropriate immigration laws, policies and procedures
                  • Adjudicating immigration benefits based on reviews of applications in coordination with policies 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-09 grade level..... click apply for full job details

Keywords: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Portland , Immigration Services Officer, Other , Portland, Oregon

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