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District Adjudications Officer GS 1801-5 PD# HI053F
District Adjudications Officer GS 1801-5 PD# HI053F
This is the standard position description for trainee level district adjudications officer. The incumbent will be assigned a variety of duties intended to provide a good working knowledge of INS programs, policy, regulations and related Legislation. Training and development will be particularly related to conducting reviews of applicants applying for various benefits and entitlements under the Immigration and Nationality Act and for assisting in prosecuting those individuals who commit fraud seeking said be
The incumbent will learn to interpret, apply, and enforce an intricate field of immigration and nationality law and learn to adjudicate cases. The trainee learns to perform legal and other research, analyses, and adjudication of applications and petitions for benefits such as adjustment of status to permanent resident, classification to apply for visas, waivers of inadmissibility and similar waivers, and cases involving posting, cancellation, and breach of bonds. Learns such processes as determining the s
cope of the required review and the hearing process, deciding when a verbatim record is required, ruling on objections, granting continuances, and receiving evidence. Incumbent will learn to exercise discretion such as to grant or tantamount to deny applications based on evidence adduced at hearings or interviews and take action when fraud is suspected, i.e, conduct preliminary fact finding and initiate action where information indicates fraud has been detected, where deportability can be established, and
take such other action as may be appropriate to enforce compliance with immigration and other Federal laws and regulations. Incumbent will learn to be vigilant of the concerns of other government entities, e.g., state and local governments, the U.S. Departments of Justice, State, Labor, Treasury. Commerce, Education, Agriculture and Defense and the intelligence community at large, and coordinate activity, as appropriate. Incumbent will work closely with other officer corps functions of the Service and be aw
are of and alert to the total responsibility for considering any of the operations that relate to compliance with or enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended. Will learn to furnish technical interpretation, explanation and provisos regarding the application of foreign laws, customs, tribal traditions, etc., and domestic state laws concerning adoption, legitimation, marriage, divorce, etc. May assist in or perform preparation of cases for certification to the Board of Immigration Appeal
s (BIA) and/or the Administrative Appeals Unit (AAU).
Through developmental assignments or training the incumbent may:
learn to review and recommend or make determinations on cases involving naturalization, citizenship at birth abroad, derivative citizenship, congressional grants of nationality, determinations on citizenship, expatriation, and repatriation matters.
learn to hear and adjudicate appeals and decide on motions to reopen and reconsider.
learn about appearing in court as a witness in removal proceedings as well as in federal, state, and local administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings, and as an officer of the court in presentation and prosecution of fraud cases.
learn about reviewing intelligence reports/data, scrutinizing applicants in relation to targeted profiles and using I in relation to targeted profiles and using available information systems, e.g.. LEXIS/NEXIS, CLAIMS, NCIC. USCIS, NIIS, NACS, INTERPOL, and other national and international law enforcement data bases, in the adjudication of applications and enforcement of immmigration-related laws.
learn about developing and authoring reports and gathering and protecting evidence and related case material, the rules of evidence and criminal procedure, and precedent court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence. constitutional rights, search and seizure, and related issues.
learn to carry out representational and advisory duties.
assist in, plan and/or implement special assignments, projects, studies or reviews related to Adjudications Program operations activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
FACTOR 1. KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
A foundation of basin knowledge (such as may have been gained through a baccalaureate education program or its equivalent in experience, training, or self study) and sufficient skill to perform developmental assignments, rapidly learn the technical work, and advance to higher level work In the occupation.
a) communicate, orally and in writing, is essential for adequate performance and is needed for such requirements as writing legal briefs and other reports and briefing management, etc.
b) elicit pertinent information and material facts
c) analyze information and make accurate judgments and decisive, prompt decisions.
d) deal tactfully with and gain cooperation of others.
Many positions in this occupation require ability to learn to speak, and to read one or more languages in addition to English. The exact language requirements differ from place to place and may constitute one element in selective placement actions to fill positions in the occupation.
FACTOR 2. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
The supervisor at this GS-5 level provides regular and recurring guidance, indicating what cases and work are to be done, overall objectives, quality and quantity expected, and priorities and deadlines. Problems and work not covered by instructions are reported to the supervisor. The supervisor is available to render assistance, particularly for new or more difficult assignments. At this GS-5 level, completed cases and other work are reviewed for technical accuracy and compliance with instructions.
FACTOR 3. GUIDELINES
The supervisor provides guidelines for each assignment and the trainee works in strict adherence to them. Deviations must be authorized by the supervisor.
The employee may be tasked to research agency guidelines and available legislation, regulations, customs and related items. Incumbent may query such sources as law libraries and automated law systems (e.g., LEXlS/NEXlS). the Supreme Court Reporter, Administrative Decisions under Immigration and Nationality Laws of the U.S., the Foreign Affairs Manual, Interpreter Releases, the Library of Congress, and the Federal Register.
Research of various foreign religious and customary laws, regulations, and provisions may be necessary.
FACTOR 4. COMPLEXITY OF ASSIGNMENTS
The incumbent learns to determine the legal. policy, and administrative or judicial issues involved in cases and the legal research required as well as additional information that must be obtained to make a decision and to support and defend decisions. Work requires the timely completion of multiple developmental assignments.
The employee must learn to synthesize and decide on information and evidence emanating from a spectrum of public and private sources including legislation. regulation, operating conditions, witnesses, testimony. applications, documents. affidavits, observation. medical records and tests, e.g., psychological or psychiatric testing.
FACTOR 5. SCOPE AND EFFECT
The purpose of the position is to learn to interpret, apply, and enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act and other U.S. civil and criminal statutes. It involves the identification, apprehension, and/or removal of persons who may be in violation of law. Through the application of the intricate field of immigration law, the incumbent learns to combat fraud and conspiracies: promote crime detection and prevention within assigned areas, and effect the apprehension, prosecution, and expulsion of inadmissibl
FACTOR 6. PERSONAL CONTACTS
Contacts are primarily with employees within the immediate work unit and with Adjudications Program and similar INS personnel.
FACTOR 7. PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
Contacts are primarily for the purpose of learning the occupation and to obtain, clarify, or give facts or information relating to such matters as work assignments and types and status of cases.
FACTOR 8. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While much of the work is sedentary some physical exertion is required such as: long periods of standing, walking, running: lifting moderately heavy items such as boxes of records, files and/or evidence; and, carrying moderately heavy or unwieldy objects.
FACTOR 9. WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work is generally performed in an office environment.