Citizenship and Immigration Services IMMIGRATION ANALYST (ASYLUM) in Bethpage, New York
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Every day, our Immigration Analysts (Asylum) interact with asylum applicants to elicit and provide valuable information; and ensure compliance with background checks and provide information to appropriate Asylum Officer staff for consideration in adjudication of asylum cases.
This position of IMMIGRATION ANALYST (ASYLUM) starts at a salary of $37,457 GS-05, Step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to $73,784 GS-09, Step 10 grade level.
Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Directorate, Asylum Division, New York Asylum Officein* Bethpage, NY* within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.
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.
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 IMMIGRATION ANALYST (ASYLUM), you will:
- Determining whether the Asylum Division has jurisdiction by reviewing electronic and paper records, researching applicable rules and procedures, and analyzing appropriate information.
- Personally issuing decisions to applicants for immigration benefits, including assembling and verifying the accuracy of required documents and reviewing decisions with the applicant to ensure understanding.
- Analyzing and conducting research in USCIS paper and electronic records, as well as law enforcement and commercial databases according to USCIS background check policy and procedures and to ascertain immigration history and case status.
- Ensuring that applicants have complied with all required background and biometric check procedures and providing information to appropriate Asylum Officer staff for consideration in the adjudication of asylum cases.
- Preparing documentation, creating reports, organizing records, and assembling databases.
- Interacting with applicants for immigration benefits and their attorneys or representatives in a professional and courteous manner to obtain necessary information to provide adequate information and prepare cases for officer review.
- Occasional Travel
- Some travel may be required.
- 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.
- Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding.
GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 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:
- Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
- Planning and organizing work; and
- Communicating effectively orally and in writing.
- You may substitute successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree.
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, equivalent to at least the GS-05 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:
- Performing developmental assignments under the close guidance of higher-graded officers that included selecting, abstracting, and excerpting data from specific sources and compiling them for the use of higher-graded officers
- Evaluating and making preliminary analyses of background check data pertaining to individuals
Interacting with the public to gather or explain information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures. OR
You may substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 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 based on four years of education or the final two years, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. OR
You may also substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 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. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. 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.
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, 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:
- Searching and independently analyzing information from records/databases; providing assistance to officers in gathering data
- Preparing documentation, and creating reports related to background checks; researching and collecting information from databases to determine if information relates to a subject and recognizing the nature and significance of derogatory information;
Interacting with the public to gather or explain complex information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures and using independent research and analysis to answer complex questions and conducting liaison with database record holders and law enforcement officers to verify facts and obtain specific information. OR
You may also substitute successful completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, or a J.D. OR L.L.B. degree may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years of full-time study requirement. 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 the above 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.
Paid Internship Experience
Applicant's work as part of a paid internship, for which course credit is not received, may be evaluated as work experience. It is the applicant's responsibility to clearly identify in their resume any paid internship that would qualify for consideration. Applicant must provide their transcript for verification purposes.
COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: General Schedule Qualification Standards.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement 06/28/2017.
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 06/28/2017.
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.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
**Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.**
What To Expect Next
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
Review our benefits
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
Background Investigation To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, this position requires completion and adjudication of 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, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance while encumbering the position.
Special Hiring Authorities Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, Schedule A: You possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. We encourage you to apply to USCIS vacancies using these special hiring authorities.
USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472349400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Salary Range: $37,457.00 to $73,784.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0901-5/9
Promotion Potential: 9
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: Current USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) employees with competitive status and USCIS employees on VRA or Schedule A appointments.
Control Number: 472349400
Job Announcement Number: CIS-10015386-ZNY