Asylum Officer

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

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.

Every day, our Asylum Officers adjudicate asylum applications, conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings, and adjudicate other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider.

This position of ASYLUM OFFICER starts at a salary of $52,204 GS-09 Step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to $98,420 GS-12 Step 10 grade level.


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 Asylum Officer, you will:

  • Adjudicate complex and highly sensitive immigration benefits, asylum applications, other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider, and conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings.
  • Review applications and supporting evidence, conduct interviews, and research appropriate information provided by the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, the Department of State, and other sources.
  • Interpret and apply appropriate policy, regulations, statutes, and precedent decisions to make eligibility determinations.
  • Produce written assessments supporting asylum, NACARA, credible fear and reasonable fear decisions.
  • Establish and maintain liaison with external federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and/or private sector stakeholders involved in asylum benefits.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, Asylum Division, Asylum Vetting Center, Atlanta, GA within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement and to determine if you may be eligible to apply, please click here.

Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-10086164-ZGA

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.

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