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Lucette  
#1 Posted : Sunday, March 13, 2011 9:06:48 AM(UTC)

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Good evening,
I am an immigration attorney with 3 years experience in Immigration Law and an interest in asylum law.  I have successfully represented asylum applicants before CIS and in Immigration Court over the past three years.  I am interested in a position as an asylum officer and I am wondering whether anyone would be so kind as to tell me whether my qualifications are such that I would be a viable candidate?
I am also wondering whether geography is a consideration at all - is it a 'strike' against you if you'd have to relocate for the job?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Nick  
#2 Posted : Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:48:50 PM(UTC)
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Lucette wrote:
Good evening,
I am an immigration attorney with 3 years experience in Immigration Law and an interest in asylum law.  I have successfully represented asylum applicants before CIS and in Immigration Court over the past three years.  I am interested in a position as an asylum officer and I am wondering whether anyone would be so kind as to tell me whether my qualifications are such that I would be a viable candidate?

You're 100% qualified.  (Don't know how you'll stack up against other applicants) don't know how they will value your experience as an immigration attorney representing asylum applicants.


I am also wondering whether geography is a consideration at all - is it a 'strike' against you if you'd have to relocate for the job?

AFAIK it's not a strike against you, but it could be if you don't do a in person interview.
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Lucette  
#3 Posted : Monday, March 14, 2011 11:01:11 AM(UTC)

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Thank you very kindly for your response, Beagle.  I appreciate it.
Lucette  
#4 Posted : Friday, March 18, 2011 2:48:29 AM(UTC)

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Beagle (or anyone else), have you any idea how many resumes get submitted (on average) for an asylum officer position?
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#5 Posted : Friday, March 18, 2011 7:48:40 AM(UTC)

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Lucette the current competition is incredibly fierce. I have applied to other asylum officer positions, scored a 99 on the NOR, and was not referred. I only have one year of experience but it's looking like you have to get a perfect score to even have a hope of getting your resume referred to a selecting official.
Lucette  
#6 Posted : Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:40:14 AM(UTC)

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Thank you for the information, NeedFedJob
Lucette  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:05:41 PM(UTC)

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Gah! I wish 1) that more AO positions were posted so that I could apply to more of them and 2) that'd I'd hear something back (good or bad!) sooner rather than later!

It is hard to be patient!
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:53:40 AM(UTC)

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Lucette, if you're interested in an Asylum Officer position, your best shot is the ISO (immigration services officer) position.  The AO application is pretty much geared for them. 
Lucette  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:04:19 AM(UTC)

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Mike, I'm sorry. I'm not quite sure what you mean? I want to adjudicate asylum applications, not family based or work based applications. My entire interest in this position is a desire to focus my attention on asylum claims. You're saying I should apply for an ISO position...because in the future it'd be easier to get an AO position if I have that on my resume?
Sorry and thank you :)
Mike in VT  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:13:53 AM(UTC)

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That's exactly what I mean.  Half of the AO training is the Basic Academy that ISO's go through.
Lucette  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:21:19 AM(UTC)

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Mike,
Thank you very much for the advice, I was aware that the basic ISO training is part of the AO training course and I bet you're right that ISOs are well-positioned for the AO positions. I think for now I'll focus on applying for AO positions because I do think my current career has prepared me well for the position and because my purpose of applying for the AO position is to focus *more* on asylum law and applications than I already have the privilege of doing in my current position.  Asylum is my passion and I don't want to take a break to do anything else if I can help it!
Thank you again :)
Mike in VT  
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I can't blame ya one bit.  Best of luck with the process!!
Lucette  
#13 Posted : Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:19:45 AM(UTC)

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Thank you! I appreciate it.
Lucette  
#14 Posted : Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:57:53 AM(UTC)

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Mike, if you would kindly humor my question: Do you have an idea about what is a good NOR score for the AO position?  I ask so that when I get my NOR score, I'll have a bit of an idea of what to make of it.
 
Thanks in advance!
Mike in VT  
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#16 Posted : Friday, April 29, 2011 6:44:38 AM(UTC)
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90 and above would be an decent score.
 
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Lucette  
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Thank you, sir. I appreciate it.
Ebbed  
#18 Posted : Friday, April 29, 2011 9:31:01 AM(UTC)
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Hello.  I am currently a law student who is about to graduate from law school in just a couple of weeks, and I have applied to several asylum officer jobs over the past two months. I have some immigration law experience by way of summer internship and my law school clinic program.  Do you guys believe that DHS would be willing to hire someone for the AO position who is coming straight out of law school, or are they more inclined to select someone who is actually a licensed practicing attorney.
Mike in VT  
#19 Posted : Saturday, April 30, 2011 3:38:23 AM(UTC)

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Law degree + full time experience in immigration law or candidates with an ISO background have the best chance.  
Andrew  
#20 Posted : Saturday, April 30, 2011 4:27:29 AM(UTC)
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I threw in for both status and public announcements, San Fran would be cool.
 
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