Deportation Officer at US Department of Homeland Security / Jobsxl



Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, within the 24 FOD locations and are assigned for the needs to the agency ERO Field Offices.
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This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Veterans preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking procedures do not apply to this Public Notice.


As a Deportation Officer at the Entry Level you will work with more experienced officers to provide support and perform the following segments of work related to immigration investigation, custody, identification and location, arrest, prosecution and deportation:

  • Assist with the apprehension of individuals that are accused of violating immigration or related laws;
  • Assist with preparing investigative reports in sufficient detail and accuracy to support possible prosecution and/or administrative action;
  • Perform law enforcement support duties such as taking fingerprints and photographs;
  • Conduct routine interviews using various law enforcement methods and techniques (e.g., observation, interviews, document inspection, data analysis, etc.) to respond to a variety of immigration inquiries and complaints; and
  • Document, transport, deport, and/or escort criminal and non-criminal aliens under the guidance of a more senior officer.
  • Initiate both criminal and civil prosecutions and deport aliens to foreign countries as well as performing various aspects of custodial operations related to civil immigration enforcement.

Travel Required

50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position. Candidates must present proof of citizenship if selected.
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
    • You must complete and PASS a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency’s Drug-Free Workplace Program.
    • Selective Service registration required.
    • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required.
    • This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    • A mandatory pre-employment physical fitness test (PFT) will be used to screen applicants who are required to attend the ICE Basic Immigration Enforcement Training Program.
    • Requirement to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
    • You will be required to carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory.
    • This position requires the selectee to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)).
    • Applicants who have completed HSI SA Training, Border Patrol Integrated, and CBP Officer Training will be exempted from attending BIETP, but will be required to attend the Deportation Officer Transition Program (DOTP)
    • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications Section)
    • This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Veterans preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking procedures do not apply to this Public Notice.
    • Travel: You will be required to travel frequently.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Additional requirements located under “ADDITONAL INFORMATION”


    GL-5: You qualify for the GL-5 grade level if you possess one of the following:
    Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent to the GS-4 level or above, in the Federal government. The experience must demonstrate: the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and deal effectively with others in person-to-person situations. (Note: Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Experience of a general clerical nature, i.e. typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks, is NOT creditable.); OR-
    Education: Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor’s degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours; OR-
    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.
    GL-7: You qualify for the GL-7 grade level if you possess one of the following:
    Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government) performing basic trainee level duties such as: conducting interviews and writing basic reports to be included in case records; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence; searching databases to obtain information; answering general inquiries from federal, state, and local government representatives; and under the guidance of a more experienced officer, providing support for the arrest of individuals accused of violating immigration law;
    A bachelor’s degree in any degree from an accredited university or college AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:

    • Maintained a grade-point average of “B” (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study OR
    • Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision OR
    • Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses.
    • NOTE: GPA’s are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society

    One full year of full-time graduate level education from an accredited university or college. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours from an accredited university or college will satisfy the one year of full-time study requirement.
    – OR –
    A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement.
    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.
    Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
    Physical Abilities Assessment: All applicants must pass the PAA prior to graduation from FLETC. The PAA consists of two parts: Criterion Task Test (CTT) and a 1.5 mile run. The CTT consists of a timed obstacle course that involves a vehicle exit, barrier surmount, low crawl, window egree, stair climb, repeat crawl, pre-cuffing position, 175 lbs. dummy drag, repeat barrier surmount, and a sprint. The CTT is then followed by a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
    Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid state driver’s license and be able to drive an automobile or light truck. You may also need to obtain and maintain a state commercial driver’s license to operate an over-the-road bus capable of transporting 30 or more persons.
    Age Restrictions: The date immediately preceding an individual’s 40th birthday is the last day to be referred for selection (PL 93-950 and 100-238). However, the age restriction may not apply to individuals who are qualified preference-eligible veterans or who are currently or have previously served in a federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C.§ 8412(d).
    Candidates selected will be required to attend and successfully complete the ERO Basic Immigration Law Enforcement Training Program located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). DO training is approximately 13 weeks in duration and a 5-week Spanish Language Training Program. Failure to complete the Spanish language training will result in removal from the DO position.
    Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    Applicants currently serving in the Deportation Officer position are ineligible for appointment under this announcement. This announcement cannot be used for reassignment or transfer purposes.


    If education is substituted for experience the education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. For additional information regarding the substitution of education for experience, click HERE a copy of transcript showing conferred degree along with G.P.A. is required.

    Additional information

    Geographic Locations: While the location in this announcement is identified as “location negotiable after selection,” you have the opportunity to identify THREE geographic preferences in your application. Your preference locations are NOT guaranteed. The duty location extended at the final job offer will be based on the needs of the agency and availability of positions and funding. Upon final job offer you may be offered a duty location that is not within your geographic preference. You must be willing to accept any duty location that falls within the area of responsibility (AOR) of one of the 24 Field Offices (FOD) listed in this vacancy announcement. For example, if offered FOD Atlanta, you may be offered a final duty location of Lumpkin, GA. If you decline the duty location offered during the official job offer, you will be removed from further consideration. This is a one time offer only. Selectees’ applications will not be placed on hold to wait for a more desirable location to become available.
    Location: Selectees are required to pay all expenses to initial duty location. Travel expenses for training will be at agency expense.
    Salary: The salary range indicated in this announcement will be adjusted to include locality payment for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.
    E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
    Suitability: If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet these standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
    Medical Requirements: This position has medical requirements. Click here for information about the medical process. You must complete a pre-employment medical examination and be found to meet the medical standards for this position.
    Polygraph: ICE has designated this position for polygraph testing, which you may be required to submit to as a pre-employment requirement. If referred for polygraph testing, you will be required to travel to a testing location at your own expense. If you previously had an unsuccessful ICE administered polygraph examination within the last 365 days, ICE will use those results, which will eliminate you from continuing in the hiring process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will rank your application based on your score (70-100) on the USA Hire competency based assessments and writing sample. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork

    Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management’s Direct Hire Authority. The “Rule of Three”, Category Rating and Veterans’ Preference will not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.
    Veterans: Although the Direct Hire Authority permits hiring without regard to Veterans’ Preference, applicants who are eligible for Veterans Preference are still encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). This position is not considered scientific/professional. If you are claiming exemption from the maximum age limit based on Veterans Preference you must submit supporting documentation.
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
    Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Your resume showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed. For tips on resume writing, please click here: Federal Resume Tips
    • Other supporting documents (only submit if applicable to you) as outlined below:
      Are you qualifying based on education? If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript which shows the list of courses completed, quarter and semester hours earned, G.P.A. and date degree conferred. A diploma is not an acceptable form of documentation. A conferred degree is required at the time of application. If an unofficial transcript is submitted, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to a final job offer in order to verify educational claim.
    • Are you a veteran entitled to preference? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
      Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)? If so, submit:
    • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    • A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
      Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title;
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
    • Agency; and
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.

    Age Requirement Documents: If you are over the age of 40, you will need to submit proof that you are eligible to be considered for the Deportation Officer position. If you have current or previous Federal law enforcement service, you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end dates of creditable law enforcement civilian (not military) service under 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d) as well as the Retirement Codes (Block 30). If you are claiming an age waiver based on Veterans’ Preference, please provide the documentation outlined on Veterans’ Preference Documentation above.
    If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here:
    Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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