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patsnacks  
#8581 Posted : Monday, November 05, 2018 1:24:23 PM(UTC)
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I just received a Tentative Offer for ISO I at the Vermont Service Center. I interviewed back in early September, so it took a little longer than the projected 45 days.
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#8582 Posted : Monday, November 05, 2018 1:35:25 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: patsnacks Go to Quoted Post
I just received a Tentative Offer for ISO I at the Vermont Service Center. I interviewed back in early September, so it took a little longer than the projected 45 days.


Same, I just received a TO.
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#8583 Posted : Tuesday, November 06, 2018 9:31:30 AM(UTC)
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As you may have seen from a previous post, I applied for the ISO2 in Salt Lake City/Denver (11 positions). I was interviewed by phone on 11/1 (GS-12 level) and it felt like it went great. They noted it might be up to three weeks for decisions to be made, though I was told that they would submit the list for approval that same afternoon. I know they are moving fast because my reference was contacted by email the day BEFORE the interview. I have never had a reference contacted before an interview so I don't know what, if anything, it means.

The timing is an issue because I have an in person 2nd round interview tomorrow for a non-federal job, which, while interesting and something I would likely accept independently, is a definite 2nd choice to USCIS. They are moving very fast and want someone on board by December 3rd. If offered the position, I will have to either accept it and probably put USCIS on hold for a few years or reject it on the possibility of a USCIS offer. I am highly disinclined to burn bridges by accepting and then declining the position later.

I would love any thoughts on recent USCIS hiring decisions.
Would letting USCIS know about an offer from the other employer help in getting USCIS to give me a further hint of their decision?
Has anyone else had references contacted prior to the interview? Would USCIS contact references with no intention of hiring?
Is there any chance that I might get an offer sooner than two weeks from the interview?

I realize this is overall a good situation to be in, but it of course has one potentially bad ending (reject the first job on the hopes of USCIS, no offer from USCIS). Thanks for any feedback!


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Letting USCIS know you have another offer will not affect the timing of USCIS's decision.

Contacting references has no corrolation with a job offer. It is sometimes used to weed out candidates.

Decisions can be 30 days or more after an interview.
jsliving  
#8585 Posted : Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:57:18 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Mike and others for all the thoughtful advice. Good news: I got the TO this morning and accepted! It took just 6 days from interview to TO so I am counting this as a small miracle.
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#8586 Posted : Friday, November 09, 2018 3:12:54 AM(UTC)
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Hello all,

To any of you that received a TO from Vermont this Monday, after sending your acceptance have you received another email with the next steps?

Thanks in advance.
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#8587 Posted : Friday, November 09, 2018 3:02:14 PM(UTC)
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Hi all,

Anything recent from PSC (Potomac Service Center)? Can anyone tell me when was the last hiring for ISO2??

Thanks,
Ptapan  
#8588 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2018 6:13:14 PM(UTC)
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Hello Nelcom17,

This is Ptapan.
I tried to send you a PM but was unable to do so b/c your inbox is full.

Either free up some space or gimme your email.

Thanks,
Ptapan
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#8589 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2018 6:37:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ptapan Go to Quoted Post
Hello Nelcom17,

This is Ptapan.
I tried to send you a PM but was unable to do so b/c your inbox is full.

Either free up some space or gimme your email.

Thanks,
Ptapan


Hi Peter,

I have freed up some space, sorry about that,

you can write to me now,

Thanks,

Nick
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#8590 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:17:48 PM(UTC)
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Hi all,

When I had my interview for ISO2 in Denver, it was noted that there might be overtime (required/offered - not clear). There wasn't time to get into the details at that point. And while I have the TO, it may be a while before I can ask my future supervisor these questions. I would appreciate any information on what overtime typically looks like in field offices.

Is it required or optional?
How many hours weekly/monthly is the norm?
Is there flexibility as to when or how often it is performed?
Is it paid (I know this may seem like a silly question, but I have not been paid for overtime as an exempt employee in most of my jobs including federal)?

Thanks for any tidbits that you can share!

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#8591 Posted : Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:35:47 AM(UTC)
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To the person that sent me a message just now...

Your inbox is full. Please free up some space.

Thanks
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#8592 Posted : Sunday, November 25, 2018 8:18:24 PM(UTC)
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Hi,

Did anyone here apply for the ISO GS-9 position in Detroit, Michigan, that closed August 27th, 2018? The job announcement number is CIS-DHA-10293160-DET.

I’m wondering if the ISO position was filled. It was open for 3 days and the vacancy was limited to the first 100 qualified applications. It was also under direct hire authority.

I got referred on September 10th, 14 days after the closing date, though I haven’t heard anything since then.

Therefore, I’m wondering if anyone has gotten any further updates.

Thank you.
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#8593 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:58:47 AM(UTC)
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Hello everyone!

Here's my current timeline:

Applied 5/28/18
Referred 8/3/18
Writing Assessment 8/7/18
Interviewed 8/27/18
Tentative Offer 11/15/18
Drug Screening 11/20/18
EQUIP Completed 11/25/18
Fingerprints Received 12/4/18

I was wondering how long does the background investigation usually take? I sent out an e-mail and they told me 8 weeks+ because of all the high amount of cases received recently. I haven't received any emails from the OPM regarding questions with my EQUIP and i'm guessing around the holidays it will take longer than usual.
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#8594 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:03:30 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Kairo Go to Quoted Post
Hello everyone!

Here's my current timeline:

Applied 5/28/18
Referred 8/3/18
Writing Assessment 8/7/18
Interviewed 8/27/18
Tentative Offer 11/15/18
Drug Screening 11/20/18
EQUIP Completed 11/25/18
Fingerprints Received 12/4/18

I was wondering how long does the background investigation usually take? I sent out an e-mail and they told me 8 weeks+ because of all the high amount of cases received recently. I haven't received any emails from the OPM regarding questions with my EQUIP and i'm guessing around the holidays it will take longer than usual.


When I met with the background investigator, he told me that once the agency sent it over to him, he had 40 days to complete it. Obviously, he would be able to request more time if necessary. After the investigator completes his work, it’s looked over by his supervisor, then sent back to the agency. Their timeframe for making a decision based on the report varies from a few days to a couple weeks, from what I understand.
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#8595 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:33:59 AM(UTC)
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Hi LInk971,

How long did it take for your background investigator to contact you after the EQUIP was completed? It's been over two weeks for me and I still haven't heard anything. I heard Advanced EOD should take only 20 days or so?

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#8596 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:55:49 AM(UTC)
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I received my Interim Security Clearance yesterday. My EOD for the Vermont Service Center is set for 2/3/19. My Clearnace took about 3 weeks from completing my E-Qip.
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#8597 Posted : Sunday, December 23, 2018 6:13:07 AM(UTC)
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With the govt shutdown, how does this impact us who have received a TO, but waiting for an EOD? Thanks in advance.

Happy Holidays!
daisy33  
#8598 Posted : Sunday, December 23, 2018 3:40:55 PM(UTC)
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how hard is it to become an ISO 2 GS9?

Currently I am an ISO 1, GS7. Have not went to training and don't even know when I am going to fletc... I started in October.

Some posts, I see GS9 openings for ISO 2.

thanks


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#8599 Posted : Monday, December 24, 2018 1:27:39 PM(UTC)
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how hard is it to become an ISO 2 GS9?

Currently I am an ISO 1, GS7. Have not went to training and don't even know when I am going to fletc... I started in October.

Some posts, I see GS9 openings for ISO 2.

thanks





There is usually one ISO 2 for every five ISO 1. The numbers vary depending on your officer/center. Your chances will increase if you are willing to move. It took me 18 months to move from ISO 1 to ISO 2. Is that normal? I do not think so. There were many people in my office that had been there for 4 plus years and are still ISO 1s. What did I have to my advantage? Besides luck, I achieved excellence in my last PPA, I got awesome numbers (production), graduated top of my class at BASIC, never late/AWOL, study immigration issues after work to become more knowledgeable, volunteered for assignments and details. All that earned me the respect of my peers and superiors.

Your ISO job can be monotone and mechanic. You need to prove that you are flexible and have true grasp of immigration concepts so that you can move from one product (form) to another without problems.
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#8600 Posted : Tuesday, December 25, 2018 6:59:36 AM(UTC)
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Hey, everyone.

I was given a tentative offer for a position with USCIS as an Immigration Services Officer in Seattle, WA. Being that this is my first TO with the federal government, I was hoping someone could give me a little insight as to what I should expect moving forward.

Here is my timeline so far:

Applied: 6/01/2018
Referred: 6/15/2018
Phone Interview: 7/31/2018
Tentative Offer: 8/14/2018
BASIC Training Agreement signed: 8/16/2018
Drug Screening requested and completed: 8/20/2018
SF-86 submitted: 9/5/2018

In the email I received from OSI Personnel Security, one of the attachments was a FAQ that included this:

How long will this screening process take?
Although our time frames vary, 90% of pre-appointment determinations are made within 20 days of receiving your completed paperwork. We understand that compiling the information we request may take time; however, submitting your required documents by the given deadline will help us complete the pre-appointment determination as quickly as possible.

So here are my questions:

1. Other than that, there no other reference to an advance EOD. I’ve done some research on my own and I’ve gotten conflicting information. Some say that only previous federal employees would be eligible for advance EOD. Is this true?
2. What goes into the advance EOD determination? There’s nothing in my background that should be of any concern (squeaky clean background in general- no arrests, no lawsuits, no shady personal/business/foreign connections). The only things that may be an issue would be my low credit score (due to student loans and a failed startup) and an inconclusive polygraph for another federal position in 2017. I’ve been working to rebuild my credit and there are no outstanding issues or late payments for a few years.

If advance EOD isn’t granted, then I’d have to wait for a full background investigation. If I had a background investigation initiated for another agency (Secret Service) in June of 2017, would USCIS or OSI Personnel Security use that?

Wednesday is the 20 day mark for me and I’m super anxious about hearing back. I appreciate whatever help or answers anyone could provide.

Thank you,

Chris


Chris,

Did you have to take the wonderlic exam or any essay/writing exercise for the Seattle ISO?

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