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June 7, 2013 / HandsOnCorps

Attention VISTA Alums with NCE Status….

943212_10151431500256363_1160299910_aAttention VISTA Alums with NCE Status: Positions Available, at three different levels (GS-5/7/9), with the Department of Homeland Security, Citizen and Immigration Services -located in Vermont 

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customer, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

As an Immigration Services Officer, you will support the adjudication process by adjudicating cases, conducting security checks, managing correspondence, providing internal and external customer support, conducting interviews, and ensuring program quality assurance. Your duties will include:

• Independently researching, interpreting and analyzing 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.

• Granting or denying applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on electronic or paper applications/petitions.

• Processing 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.

• Conducting security checks in accordance with all applicable DHS/USCIS laws and policies.

• Providing 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.

• Interviewing 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.

To apply, please submit the following information: 

Resume, cover letter, Academic Transcript and Description, and certification of noncompetitive status to: Lisa Stone, Lisa.Stone@dhs.gov / 802-527-4823

Position Opens: Monday, June 10, 2013 ; Closes:  Friday, June 21, 2013

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is hiring this position for different levels (GS-5/7/9). The positions would be located in Vermont at either of the two facilities: St. Albans or Essex Junction, Vermont

GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if you possess three years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent to the GS-4 level or above. This experience must demonstrate that you have the ability to:

• Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and deal effectively with others in person-to-person situations. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work.

• Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable.

GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. These include:

• Performing preliminary examinations of applications/petitions for immigration benefits.

• Ensuring required supporting documentation is included.

• Applying immigration laws, policies and procedures.

GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one year of specialized, equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These include:

• Interviewing individuals applying for immigration benefits that include examining and analyzing documents received for authenticity.

• Researching and analyzing appropriate information.

• Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures.

EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION

GS-5: 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-5 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-7: You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime 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 the natural or social sciences, engineering, or military science 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.

You may also 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, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-9: 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.

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. Follow the directions below in order to convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages together to see if they total 100 percent. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. The GS-5 level requires 36 months, and the GS-7 level requires 12 months of qualifying experience. To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide your number of undergraduate semester hours by 120 or the number of quarter hours by 180. For GS-7, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18, graduate quarter hours by 27, or by the school’s definition of one year of graduate study. Finally, add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100 percent for you to qualify under the combination of experience and education.

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