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Manta81  
#901 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:29:42 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 500pearl Go to Quoted Post
not sure if 12 in Washington area is livable unless live 2 hour train ride away


You can get an upgraded apartment in a nearby suburb (meaning 30 minutes or less on the train) for under $1300. Plus, word on the street is that they are moving that office to Camp Springs area anyway. You can get a nice place there for $1100 easily.
Lula_bee  
#902 Posted : Friday, February 21, 2020 5:13:29 AM(UTC)
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Here is my timeline:

Oct 21: Applied to Asylum Officer position with the Arlington, VA office.
Nov 22: Referred
Nov 22: Asked to submit writing sample and 3 references
Nov 25: Submitted writing sample and references
Jan 30: References contacted

References were contacted 3 weeks ago, haven’t heard anything back. Has anyone heard anything recently?

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guy29  
#903 Posted : Friday, February 21, 2020 5:38:10 AM(UTC)
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Updated Timeline for Arlington office -

Oct 21: Applied
Nov 22: NoR; referred
Nov 25: submitted writing sample and references
Nov 26: updated NoR and note from HR; first Tentative Offer (TO); proposed counter to TO
Dec 05: Drug Test
Jan 30: second/updated TO (granted step increase)
Feb 13: EOD confirmed (two weeks prior to start date)
user100  
#904 Posted : Sunday, February 23, 2020 11:06:03 AM(UTC)
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I am in my background check right now. Does anyone know when the background check is completed do they send an email letting you know that the background check is complete?
Lula_bee  
#905 Posted : Wednesday, March 4, 2020 4:56:01 AM(UTC)
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Hi again! Anyone heard anything lately?

Is Asylum also in a hiring freeze?
KellenWinslow  
#906 Posted : Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:46:46 AM(UTC)
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They provided an EOD and I gave two weeks notice to existing employer but now I see this info about the freeze. Does anyone know what is happening? I tried to follow up with HR on status but got no response.
guy29  
#907 Posted : Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:33:27 PM(UTC)
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Asylum is not on a hiring freeze.
Sajoma_Girl  
#908 Posted : Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:40:10 PM(UTC)
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Hello everyone, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I just wanted to know if there has been any update on regards to this position for those that I applied and were referred last year?
user100  
#909 Posted : Saturday, April 11, 2020 7:22:22 AM(UTC)
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has anyone had any movement on their applications? anyone been given an eod?
Jetfan1973  
#910 Posted : Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:32:02 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: user100 Go to Quoted Post
has anyone had any movement on their applications? anyone been given an eod?


Hope you and your family are safe.

I completed my written sample which was due tomorrow, I received this on Thursday I believe. This is for the Refugee Officer position in D.C. I don't know what's next. I guess I'll wait like everyone else.

Does anyone know where this training is, is it Glynco, or Charleston?

Good luck to all!
user100  
#911 Posted : Saturday, April 11, 2020 2:40:59 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: user100 Go to Quoted Post
has anyone had any movement on their applications? anyone been given an eod?


Hope you and your family are safe.

I completed my written sample which was due tomorrow, I received this on Thursday I believe. This is for the Refugee Officer position in D.C. I don't know what's next. I guess I'll wait like everyone else.

Does anyone know where this training is, is it Glynco, or Charleston?

Good luck to all!


Thank you and I wish the same for your loved ones as well.

I did not know they had posted the Refugee Officer position. I am in my background check for AO. Yes, are they still doing physical trainings?
CalKent  
#912 Posted : Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:00:48 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what scores they typically look for with Refugee Officer writing assessments? I was left scrambling for an adequate answer to the prompt, and received only a 4 out of 6 I believe. I hope it's not so low it completely kills my chances. =/
Valen203  
#913 Posted : Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:36:37 AM(UTC)
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I am in adjudications for the AO position. The tentative offer was originally provided last July. My investigation was handed off to OPM in January. I recently had to respond to a few more questions. Hoping that a favorable decision and EOD is coming soon!

In the meantime, I applied to the RO position in February. I was recently referred and completed the writing assessment.

Any advice on handling these two at the same time?
user100  
#914 Posted : Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:06:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Valen203 Go to Quoted Post
I am in adjudications for the AO position. The tentative offer was originally provided last July. My investigation was handed off to OPM in January. I recently had to respond to a few more questions. Hoping that a favorable decision and EOD is coming soon!

In the meantime, I applied to the RO position in February. I was recently referred and completed the writing assessment.

Any advice on handling these two at the same time?


Did you interview for the position or received a TO without an interview?
Valen203  
#915 Posted : Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:49:09 PM(UTC)
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Received the TO without an interview.
Jetfan1973  
#916 Posted : Sunday, April 12, 2020 4:08:24 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Valen203 Go to Quoted Post
Received the TO without an interview.


What was your score on the written portion if you don’t mind me asking?
Valen203  
#917 Posted : Friday, April 17, 2020 4:23:27 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Valen203 Go to Quoted Post
Received the TO without an interview.


What was your score on the written portion if you don’t mind me asking?


It was a 5/6.

Also - I received word that the Arlington office is delaying onboarding due to COVID-19. This was specific to the AO position but I assume it's impact is a lot wider.

thanks 1 user thanked Valen203 for this useful post.
Sliohio on 4/18/2020(UTC)
user100  
#918 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:58:58 AM(UTC)
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I have been told there is a federal hiring freeze right now. Anyone with a TO who had any movement such as receiving an EOD?
Washington Ave  
#919 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2020 3:56:23 PM(UTC)
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Regarding Refugee Officer, that was posted in February of 2020.

I still did not receive any kind of updates through email.

However, when I log in into USAJOBS and on additional application information for this job....

here is what I get "The office has decided not to fill this vacancy at this time."

still says referred on USAJOBS...


I applied for both, internal and external....




Moving to CN, and you can't stop me!!!
SouthernVet  
#920 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2020 4:20:12 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: daisy33 Go to Quoted Post
Regarding Refugee Officer, that was posted in February of 2020.

I still did not receive any kind of updates through email.

However, when I log in into USAJOBS and on additional application information for this job....

here is what I get "The office has decided not to fill this vacancy at this time."

still says referred on USAJOBS...


I applied for both, internal and external....






There is a hiring freeze on all internal and external applications due to COVID. We aren’t back in the offices fully yet so you probably won't get any updates until end of July.
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