Asylum Officer

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Location
    Hybrid, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 24

Position description

Every day, we change lives.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. We are more than 20,000 government employees and contractors working at over 200 offices worldwide.

Our Mission: USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.

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This position is in the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations, Asylum Division in San Francisco, CA; Tustin, CA; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Boston, MA; Newark, NJ; Bethpage, NY; Houston, TX; Arlington, VA.




• Adjudicate complex asylum cases through non-adversarial interviews and make determinations as to whether an individual qualifies for asylum, statutory withholding of removal, or withholding or deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture.
• Conduct research of specific Country Conditions in coordination with RAIO Research Unit as part of the adjudications process, using appropriate databases and other electronic and written resources.
• Identify noncitizens believed to be involved in defrauding the U.S. Government.
• Analyze new or amended legislation, and interpret policy covering USCIS programs, activities, or functions for which the agency has responsibility.
• Develop relevant lines of questioning and elicit testimony on likelihood of persecution according to the higher withholding of removal standard of proof and any potential Convention Against Torture claim according to the higher standard of proof.
• Elicit testimony to determine the possibility of deferral of removal under Convention Against Torture, which will be granted if the person meets all eligibility requirements.
• Write well-organized, logical, and complex legal decisions that cover essential issues and are consistent with adjudicative standards and legislation and are applicable to the facts of the case or which communicate USCIS policies and procedures.


The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. 

Ideal Asylum Officer candidates have strong verbal, written, interpersonal, and critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as a steadfast commitment to administer and uphold laws and regulations.

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-12 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:
• Preparing written legal analysis or other written memoranda relating to asylum, refugee, or other immigration cases;
• Recommending determinations on or representing applicants on asylum, refugee, or other immigration cases;
• Researching or interpreting immigration laws, policies, or procedures as they relate to an individual's eligibility for asylum, refugee, or other immigration benefits;
• Interviewing or eliciting information from applicants for asylum, refugee, or other immigration benefits.

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