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XFed77  
#381 Posted : Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:06:46 PM(UTC)
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Someone on Reddit mentioned that the furlough may last until October 2021 (beginning of FY2022). Can anyone confirm this?


I think they are confusing Fiscal Year with calendar year. I am hearing NLT 60 days of furlough. If it goes longer than six months, they can issue permanent RIF notices, and if that happens, then the right to bump comes into effect.

I think the 60 days is to give the new fee rule time to go into effect. I've been around for almost 20 years, we do fee rules every 5-8 years, it's actually mandated in our INA statute that we do this to cover our operating costs, which do increase (rents, utilities, salaries of contractors, etc) this is normal, and it's normal to hear the complaining from stakeholders. If you read the fee rule, a lot of fees are actually decreasing, what we are really increasing is the fee to do the genealogy searches, which we haven't increased ever - it was $65 and is now increasing to up to $265 (online requests are cheaper).

But - if the administration hasn't requested funding from congress - which is what news reports are saying, this could go for a lot longer than 60 days. The appropriations committee has been working on a funding bill, but without the formal request from the administration nothing can be done. Prevailing wisdom is that this is intentional, the administration has not been able to shut down legal immigration through rule and comment, so starving the agency of funds and shutting it down to stop immigration is now the plan.


When you have Anti Immigration Extremist Stephen, (separate children from parents), Miller as Trump Senior Adviser and Ken Cuccinnelli, an Anti-Immigration Extremist, as "Acting" Director of USCIS (not even the majority of Republican Senators would dare to confirm him), you knew they were out to destroy USCIS. I just hope that Trump loses "bigly" and Biden and the Democratic Administration revamps USCIS, hires 1,000s of ISOs, provides hours and hours of OT to existing ISOs to make up for the past year and provides a path for citizenship to DACA recipients and others.

That would make their move backfire! Would be sooo sweet!

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#382 Posted : Sunday, December 13, 2020 12:01:11 PM(UTC)
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I got an email 2 weeks ago letting me know that the hiring freeze is still in place but they wanted to know if I was still interested in the ISO job and I had to reply no later than Dec1.

Anyone heard if there is movement on when the hiring freeze will lift?

Are field officers working from home? in the office? Would new hires be training in the office or doing virtual training?

I heard that the 6 week academy that is required for all ISOs is now being offered virtually? Can anyone confirm? For people whose preferred learning style is not "online learning," learning immigration regs virtually for 6 weeks does not sound ideal.

Thanks!
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#383 Posted : Monday, December 14, 2020 4:32:20 AM(UTC)

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I got an email 2 weeks ago letting me know that the hiring freeze is still in place but they wanted to know if I was still interested in the ISO job and I had to reply no later than Dec1.

Anyone heard if there is movement on when the hiring freeze will lift?

Are field officers working from home? in the office? Would new hires be training in the office or doing virtual training?

I heard that the 6 week academy that is required for all ISOs is now being offered virtually? Can anyone confirm? For people whose preferred learning style is not "online learning," learning immigration regs virtually for 6 weeks does not sound ideal.

Thanks!


Yes, an online academy is true. They posted for Instructor positions with online training experience. From an instructor POV, I'd much rather teach in person as well, but it is what it is.

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#384 Posted : Monday, December 14, 2020 12:59:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: G0271 Go to Quoted Post
I got an email 2 weeks ago letting me know that the hiring freeze is still in place but they wanted to know if I was still interested in the ISO job and I had to reply no later than Dec1.

Anyone heard if there is movement on when the hiring freeze will lift?

Are field officers working from home? in the office? Would new hires be training in the office or doing virtual training?

I heard that the 6 week academy that is required for all ISOs is now being offered virtually? Can anyone confirm? For people whose preferred learning style is not "online learning," learning immigration regs virtually for 6 weeks does not sound ideal.

Thanks!


I had reached out to my HR rep a couple of weeks ago as well. They mentioned that the freeze was still in effect with no updates in the foreseeable future. It would be absolutely lovely if we heard something before Christmas, when some of us got the news that our EOD was suspended due to the hiring freeze last year. It's wishful thinking, but there would be some beautiful symmetry to it if it were to happen. :D
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#385 Posted : Monday, December 14, 2020 1:19:29 PM(UTC)
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A couple of months ago maybe 2. I reached out to them too and was told they still have a hiring freeze. We would have been working for uscis for a year now. 😭😭 We must not give up on our dream. I will be ready to apply again if the position is not offered to me again. Merry Christmas to everyone on here.
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#386 Posted : Thursday, December 17, 2020 8:16:36 PM(UTC)
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I was lucky enough to squeeze in on the last EOD. If anyone who was given an EOD, don't give up and keep in touch with HR. With the administration change, things can change any minute. USCIS has had people leaving obviously with no new replacements so there is definitely need of new people. Also, the agency won't spend more money looking for new people, they will contact old people first to see if they are still interested and available. If some of you have already gotten that request, I'm going to assume that the wheels are churning and it's just a matter of time (likely a couple more months).
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#387 Posted : Monday, December 28, 2020 7:18:34 AM(UTC)
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Hi

I reached out to my HR contact regarding the hiring freeze for ISOs who had EODs before the hiring freeze and this is what they told me:

"Our field offices anticipate that there is a possibility that our freeze could last until the end of summer given our fiscal state."

This was disappointing considering we have all already waited a year and now till the end of summer 2021. I had hoped that soon after the new administration takes office the hiring freeze might lift, but according to USCIS HR, that does not seem to be the case.

Hope everyone has a nice New Year!


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#388 Posted : Monday, December 28, 2020 8:05:53 AM(UTC)
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Hi

I reached out to my HR contact regarding the hiring freeze for ISOs who had EODs before the hiring freeze and this is what they told me:

"Our field offices anticipate that there is a possibility that our freeze could last until the end of summer given our fiscal state."

This was disappointing considering we have all already waited a year and now till the end of summer 2021. I had hoped that soon after the new administration takes office the hiring freeze might lift, but according to USCIS HR, that does not seem to be the case.

Hope everyone has a nice New Year!




Thank you for the update! I had hoped it would be much sooner as well.
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#389 Posted : Monday, December 28, 2020 8:55:45 AM(UTC)
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Hi

I reached out to my HR contact regarding the hiring freeze for ISOs who had EODs before the hiring freeze and this is what they told me:

"Our field offices anticipate that there is a possibility that our freeze could last until the end of summer given our fiscal state."

This was disappointing considering we have all already waited a year and now till the end of summer 2021. I had hoped that soon after the new administration takes office the hiring freeze might lift, but according to USCIS HR, that does not seem to be the case.

Hope everyone has a nice New Year!




Even though this could possibly be true, I would wait some time until the next administration is installed to get a better assessment.

It can very well be a fact that it will play out like this, but it could very well be Wishful Thinking and Talking Points by the current Trump Administration that is trying to do the most they can during their last few weeks to continue the Anti-Immigration Agenda, undermine the next administration because they're upset that they lost, and leave that impression on USCIS employees and the public to see if it carries on.

My logic tells me that if I'm at a job and my boss is going to fired effective a few weeks from now, and the next boss is the total opposite of my former boss, things are not going to be run the same way.

The Trump administration is still in power. They have proven to lie from Trump to the bottom, so, until the Biden Administration is fully installed and they happen repeat the same information that you received, I would still be hopeful. The Trump administration doesn't get to guarantee what's going to happen after they have been kicked out.

Let's see...



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#390 Posted : Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:05:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: G0271 Go to Quoted Post
Hi

I reached out to my HR contact regarding the hiring freeze for ISOs who had EODs before the hiring freeze and this is what they told me:

"Our field offices anticipate that there is a possibility that our freeze could last until the end of summer given our fiscal state."

This was disappointing considering we have all already waited a year and now till the end of summer 2021. I had hoped that soon after the new administration takes office the hiring freeze might lift, but according to USCIS HR, that does not seem to be the case.

Hope everyone has a nice New Year!




This falls in line with everything we’ve previously heard from the agency. It’s unfortunate but not surprising. I credit them for being transparent and not stringing people along.
XFed77  
#391 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:51:14 AM(UTC)
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The first Asylum Officer Announcement was posted today, almost a year after the last one!

Woo-hoo!

Things are starting to move on Biden's first day!

USCIS is going to recover!

God Bless America!



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#392 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:41:06 AM(UTC)
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This job is open to

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Clarification from the agency

Current USCIS employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles
XFed77  
#393 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:56:43 AM(UTC)
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This job is open to

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Clarification from the agency

Current USCIS employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles



The point is that it is the first Asylum Officer posting in almost a year, internal or external.

Trump is GONE, impeached and disgraced, and the jobs, (internal/external), have started to be posted.

Reality...




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#394 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:27:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: daddythedonkey Go to Quoted Post
This job is open to

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Clarification from the agency

Current USCIS employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles



The point is that it is the first Asylum Officer posting in almost a year, internal or external.

Trump is GONE, impeached and disgraced, and the jobs, (internal/external), have started to be posted.

Reality...






It's an internal posting, though. I don't know about AO specifically, but there have been several internal postings across CIS including asylum while President Trump was in office and since the wuhan viru*****. At the very least, you're overstating the significance of the postings. Just filling vacancies with current staff. That doesn't contradict what the agency has been saying in updates to employees and what external applicants have heard from HR. There aren't any external postings open to the public. I think that's worth noting since most of the activity here is regarding potential new employees.
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Originally Posted by: XFed77 Go to Quoted Post

The first Asylum Officer Announcement was posted today, almost a year after the last one!

Woo-hoo!

Things are starting to move on Biden's first day!

USCIS is going to recover!

God Bless America!





This is great news! hopefully the hiring freeze is lifted.
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DTD has a point. We(USCIS Employees) have seen details for smaller populated positions for a while now. However, it's the internal SCOPS (non-detail) announcements that are the ones that will signal a return to normalcy. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. COVID will continue to play a big role in the roll-out of these jobs, but with the distribution of the vaccine under way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Fingers crossed for everyone.
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Originally Posted by: @TheBADGUY Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: XFed77 Go to Quoted Post

The first Asylum Officer Announcement was posted today, almost a year after the last one!

Woo-hoo!

Things are starting to move on Biden's first day!

USCIS is going to recover!

God Bless America!





This is great news! hopefully the hiring freeze is lifted.


Things will be moving. The present administration wants to undo the damage to USCIS, the racism, nazism, xenophobia, bigotry by White Supremacists like Cuccinelli and Stephen Miller under the Trump Administration. They are starting the hiring from the top to the bottom. They are hiring Chiefs of Staff, Field Office Directors, Supervisory Program Specialists, etc. Once the new management is in place they'll move to hire other positions like ISO's. It's going to take a while because the new administration just started yesterday. The Trump administration did not facilitate the transition because Trumpie was in denial, with his shenanigans and trying to break the law, calling states to "find votes", filing frivolous lawsuits that his own judges dismissed, causing an Insurrection, Treason, destroying Democracy, stomping our Constitution, etc. Now that it is over and he's gone to Florida because they hated him in the city that he was born in because they've known his character all his life with his tail between his legs, the Biden Administration is starting with picking up the pieces and then assessing everything first. But they started well.
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#398 Posted : Friday, January 22, 2021 5:16:04 PM(UTC)
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DTD has a point. We(USCIS Employees) have seen details for smaller populated positions for a while now. However, it's the internal SCOPS (non-detail) announcements that are the ones that will signal a return to normalcy. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. COVID will continue to play a big role in the roll-out of these jobs, but with the distribution of the vaccine under way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Fingers crossed for everyone.


Great point. As USCIS itself has said to its employees, the virus and its effects on the economy have hobbled the agency and its self-funded budget. The distribution of the speedily developed vaccine is a reason to be hopeful that the lock down economy will change course. It seems likely that the first word of changes in hiring will be delivered to current employees via agency updates. Then, from HR to hires that have been in a holding pattern since the freeze began in December 2019.
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I was wondering if anybody heard the rumors that they will start to hire or promote after March 31st. I was talking to a a friend at the phone center and that is what they heard. But I am taking it with a grain of salt.
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I was wondering if anybody heard the rumors that they will start to hire or promote after March 31st. I was talking to a a friend at the phone center and that is what they heard. But I am taking it with a grain of salt.


Hi, Thanks for sharing information.

Did they say if it was specifically for the phone center or for all ISOs/other USCIS positions in general?

I heard that a lot of the hiring across many agencies has been paused due to the slow COVID Vaccine roll out and spike in cases the last couple of months due to the holidays and a lot of people not wearing masks. I hope people stop politicizing the issue and wear them, think of others.

Hopefully, they're working on a more effective rollout than the previous administration had so everything goes back to the "new normal" and regular hiring can resume...

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