Visa Specialist

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

This position is located in the Screening, Analysis and Coordination Division in the Visa Office, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/VO/SAC). The incumbent serves as a Visa Specialist in preparing security advisory opinions (SAO's) and interpretation of laws and regulations on aliens' eligibility to receive visas under anti-terrorist, anti-espionage, and foreign policy statutes. 



  • Researches the most complex legal visa cases relating to visa law matters and prepares and presents a comprehensive legal opinion addressing all issues and making all proper citations of legal resources
  • Prepares memoranda analyzing and interpreting the contents; responsible for day-to-day management and coordination of a major visa control program
  • Represents the supervisor, as required, on CA's position in meetings discussing changes in visa procedures and policies both inside and outside the Department
  • Negotiates inter-agency decisions and clearance processes on cases specific to a particular region of the world
  • Analyzes, prepares, and clears detailed security advisory opinions from the Consular Officers, and Department Bureaus requesting opinions on complex issues of fact, law, and policy 

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work such as developing, examining, investigating, adjudicating, or authorizing claims arising under the immigration and/or nationality laws of the United States.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience applying U.S. visa laws as they relate to national security vetting of U.S. visa applicants;
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting information from multiple sources, including from the intelligence and law enforcement communities;
  • Experience providing comprehensive and cogent advice on U.S. anti-terrorist, anti-espionage, and foreign policy statutes as part of the U.S. visa process;
  • Experience representing agency opinions and negotiating inter-agency decisions and clearance processes in the context of vetting and screening U.S. visa applications; missions, and amendments to regulatory materials;
  • Experience analyzing U.S. visa types, U.S. visa ineligibility grounds, U.S. sanctions, and coordination of implementation of visa policies affecting aliens subject to Presidential proclamations (Section 212 (f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act)


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Application instructions

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