Hiring Freeze Exemption: 10,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Jobs

Hiring Freeze Exemption:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Plans to
Make Over 10,000 Hires

Based on Executive Orders
from Jan 25-28, 2017

Yes the federal government is in a hiring freeze, but there will be a total of 15,000 jobs opening up with DHS!

With President Trump’s recent Executive Orders, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will endeavor to hire 10,000 additional employees. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will look to hire 5,000 employees. CBP and ICE fall under the DHS.

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Executive Orders Are Creating These Jobs
President Trump issued several Executive Orders to more strictly enforce immigration laws: cutting access by immigrants from certain countries to come into the US, through the building of a physical wall, easing the process for deporting undocumented immigrants and ending the policy known as “catch and release,” among other policies. The ICE order directed the agency to “take all appropriate action” tohire enforcement and removal officersto the extent permitted by law “and subject to the availability of appropriations.” The CBP order called for new hires to be directed toward the Border Patrol, and for the agency to ensure that “such agents enter on duty and are assigned to duty stations as soon as practicable.”

USCIS Is a Major Federal Employer with a Vital Mission
What’s the mission of USCIS? A unit of theDepartment of Homeland Security, the agency provides accurate and useful information to customers and grants immigration and citizenship benefits. USCIS has 19,000 government employees and contractors working at 223 offices around the globe. USCIS also supports immigrants’ integration and participation in American civic culture.
CBP and ICE fall under the USCIS.

For these USCIS Jobs, Veteran’s Preference and Military Spouse Preference Will Apply

Some Veterans can apply 3 times to the same announcement (when the announcements are posted)

READ THE “WHO MAY APPLY” SECTION:

1. US CITIZEN ANNOUNCEMENTS AND VETERANS’ PREFERENCE!Applicants interested in theseopportunitiesshould keep their eye on job postings on USAJOBS. Play particular attention to the “Who May Apply” section, as Veterans Preference is only applicable to positions open to “All US Citizens” or what iscommonly referred to as the”DE” or external announcements.

2. SPECIAL HIRING PROGRAM APPLICANTS CAN APPLY TO BOTH INTERNAL AND MERIT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Applicantseligible for special hiring programs for Veterans (i.e, VEOA, VRA, or 30% or More Disabled Veterans) or Persons with Disabilities (Schedule A) or Military Spouses canapply to the internal or merit announcements normally identified under the “Who May Apply” as”Federal employees with Status, Veterans Eligible for VEOA and/or those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities”.

3. WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE – NON-COMPETITIVE HIRING PROGRAM CANDIDATES CAN APPLY
Applicants eligible for non-competitive hiring consideration (VRA, Schedule A, and 30% or More Disabled Veterans), may also want tocontact the agency’s Selective Placement Program Coordinatorsfor additional guidance on non-competitive hiring procedures.

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Selective Placement Program Coordinators That Can Help:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/selective-placement-program-coordinator-directory/

Veteran’s Representatives (look for USICE):https://www.fedshirevets.gov/AgencyDirectory/index.aspx

NOTE: These positions are NOT posted on USAJOBS yet – or maybe they are today! But they will be coming soon! Get prepared ahead. Learn about the positions and the overall responsibilities, and KSAs for each position (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities), and job requirements. Get ready to apply now!

USCIS Careers
https://www.ice.gov/careers/occupations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws. ICE has more than 20,000 employees working in more than 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world. All current ICE job vacancies are posted on OPM’s USA Jobs website. Available positions change weekly as vacancies are filled and new jobs are added.

DETENTION AND DEPORTATION

Deportation Officer
Deportation Officers (DOs) conduct legal research to support decisions on deportation/exclusion cases and assist attorneys in representing the government in court actions. DOs work with other federal law enforcement officials to identify, locate and arrest aliens and are responsible for ensuring the physical removal of aliens from the United States. DOs also prepare, present and defend deportation or exclusion proceedings.

This work involves working with both criminal and non-criminal aliens at various stages of their deportation/exclusion proceedings. Additional responsibilities include conducting complex investigations, conducting surveillance work, preparing investigative reports and assisting in seizures.

Detention and Deportation Officer
Detention and Deportation Officers (DDOs) are responsible for directing, coordinating and executing detention and removal activities. DDOs recommend administrative procedures and policies, participate in long-range planning, and provide guidance on detention and removal operations, policies and requirements. Additional responsibilities may include developing budget estimates and justifications, analyzing programs to recommend improvements and assisting in investigations.

Immigration Enforcement Agent
Immigration Enforcement Agent (IEAs) are the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement within the U.S. interior. IEAs perform enforcement functions related to the investigation, identification, arrest, prosecution, detention and deportation of aliens, and the apprehension of absconders from removal proceedings. IEAs assist in the processing and removal of aliens to their country of citizenship.

ICE Health Service Corps
Through an interagency agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) provides healthcare to undocumented migrants in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) residing in Service Processing Centers (SPC) and Contract Detention Facilities (CDF). The IHSC takes pride in its direct role in the Agency’s missions of protecting America by providing healthcare and healthcare services to detainees in support of immigration law enforcement.

IHSC serves as the primary focus for the planning, management, policy formation, program coordination, direction, and liaison for all health matters pertaining to 35,000 detainees in the custody of ICE. IHSC supports this mission by providing or arranging cost-effective health service for the delivery of direct primary health care at 21 ICE facilities or at other locations throughout the nation where ICE detainees are held.

HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS

HSI Special Agent
ICE is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) protects the United States against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten our safety and national security and transnational criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America’s legitimate trade, travel, and financial systems. ICE HSI operates out of 70 offices in 47 foreign countries.

HSI criminal investigators utilize innovative investigative techniques and new technological resources to help prevent terrorism and other criminal activities by targeting the people, money and materials that support illegal organizations. They are involved in a variety of challenging criminal and civil investigations involving national security threats, terrorism, public safety, drug smuggling, child exploitation, human trafficking, illegal arms export, financial crimes, identity fraud, benefit fraud, commercial fraud and more. HSI criminal investigators have a commitment to excellence and protecting our country.

ICE HSI periodically posts criminal investigator vacancy announcements on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) USA Jobs website. To learn more about becoming an HSI criminal investigator, contact your nearest Special Agent in Charge Office and ask for the regional or local recruitment coordinator. Phone numbers for each HSI office are listed under Contact Us.

INTELLIGENCE CAREERS

Intelligence Officer
Responsibilities include analyzing and evaluating information and preparing intelligence products, along with interfacing with other ICE components and the larger intelligence community, providing on-site intelligence input to field offices involved in major criminal investigations, and coordinating and monitoring ICE intelligence operations.

Intelligence Research Assistant
Responsibilities include technical and administrative support and assistance for intelligence operations through a wide range of procedural work and data gathering.

Intelligence Research Specialist
Responsibilities include analyzing and evaluating information, and coordinating and preparing intelligence products.

Management and Program Analyst and Mission Support Specialist
Responsibilities include administrative and management services essential to the operations of the office, including management and information systems, telecommunications, budget, finance, procurement, human resources, training, logistics, property, space, records and files, printing and graphics, mail, travel, and office equipment.

INVESTIGATIONS SUPPORT

Auditor
You will plan, perform and advise on a variety of external audit assignments in connection with financial and/or work site enforcement audits of suspected criminal organizations and businesses. You will provide technical assistance and analysis to Criminal Investigators and others as required in the course of investigations, including participating in on-site reviews of financial documents and/or employment documents. You will support the SAC offices by working directly with Criminal Investigators, and other Auditors in financial investigations and/or identifying unauthorized workers in both critical and non-critical sectors during administrative and criminal work site investigations. You will be responsible for conducting highly complex financial audits of criminal organizations and business entities. You will utilize a variety of audit procedures, statistical techniques, and data analysis to assemble and develop findings.Criminal Research Specialist

You will serve as a Criminal Research Specialist performing a wide range of duties on criminal, civil and administrative investigations relating to Financial, Smuggling, Public Safety, Critical Infrastructure, National Security, Arms and Strategic Technology, and Human Smuggling. You will provide briefings, advice, and assistance to management on government-wide intelligence operations for the promotion and implementation of a criminal analysis program. Based on reports, assessments and statistical summaries, you will be responsible for planning, conducting and coordinating complex multi-faceted analytical assignments and/or research projects in support of diverse investigations on matters involving Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The majority of the analytical work produced is utilized in furtherance of case development, presentations to the United States Attorney’s Office, and prosecutorial presentations in grand jury and trial proceedings.Investigative Assistant

You will provide a wide range of technical, administrative, and clerical support to the investigations program. This includes gathering data and conducting limited inquiries regarding individual case assignments; assisting in accomplishing case research and trial preparation; and researching and assembling, compiling, and tabulating information and figures for agents’ use in investigations, seizures and penalty reports and as evidence in various cases. During mobile investigative activity, you will monitor the base station’s radio; coordinate and relay information between agents when radio transmissions are hampered; respond to requests by agents for investigative information which may be of an urgent nature; and utilize personally developed contacts from other law enforcement agencies, state government agencies, etc., to obtain the required information. In addition, you will compile reports on the progress of various cases, seizures and arrests, and perform a variety of clerical duties for the office and the agents, including typing, receiving and screening mail, and acting as the office timekeeper.Mission Support Specialist

You will coordinate and perform a wide variety of administrative and management services essential to the operations of the office (including, but not limited to, management and information systems, telecommunications, budget, finance, procurement, human resources, training, logistics, property, space, records and files, printing and graphics, mail, travel, and office equipment) and serve as an advisor to management on assigned administrative matters. In addition, you will conduct or participate in the evaluation of administrative programs, systems and methods and identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these services at the local level. You will also represent the office in dealings with vendors and organizations within the agency that have primary responsibility for these services.Technical Enforcement Officer

You will participate with criminal investigators and other law enforcement officers in active criminal investigations and apply advanced investigative techniques to gather evidence and intelligence that facilitates the prosecution of violations of criminal laws of the United States. You will have an extensive working knowledge in the use, instruction, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and integration of the full range of electronic surveillance devices including but not limited to telephone, video, audio, tracking, Radio Frequency (RF) technologies and associated unique surveillance systems. You will provide extensive expertise in the planning and execution of the electronic surveillance phase of major investigative and enforcement operations. You will serve on high-risk special operations teams. You will make covert court-ordered entry onto/into the property of targets of criminal investigations to install equipment to collect evidence. You will also serve as a technical authority and provide training and guidance to journey level Technical Enforcement Officers, HSI special agents and other Law Enforcement Officers engaged in electronic surveillance and investigative work, assuring mission requirements are fulfilled.

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