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Kay.Kay  
#1 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 10:57:54 AM(UTC)
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Is anyone experiencing this? I just received the news right before Christmas that I am on hold with no job until things get passed.
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#2 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 11:18:28 AM(UTC)
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what position you applied? did you have interview? I have waited result for 3.5 months after interview
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#3 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 11:29:32 AM(UTC)
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I interviewed September and received my TO before Thanksgiving and just submitted my background info. I haven’t been told anything.

I had another job interview with uscis but waiting on references to be checked on that position.
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#4 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 12:03:42 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mukapuka Go to Quoted Post
I interviewed September and received my TO before Thanksgiving and just submitted my background info. I haven’t been told anything.

I had another job interview with uscis but waiting on references to be checked on that position.


what position you interviewed on September?
SoupGal  
#5 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 12:21:31 PM(UTC)
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Hi All,

I came on board with USCIS as an ISO a couple of weeks ago. Last week, we received a word from upper management that people who do not report to office by 12/22/2019, their offer will be rescinded. Earlier today, we got a another email that offers will be suspended instead of rescinded. That means their EOD stuff will be in the queue vs terminate the whole application. When the budget stabilizes, the application process will be picked up where it's left off. However, I don't have the specific date. I hope this helps.
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eryus  
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Hi All,

I came on board with USCIS as an ISO a couple of weeks ago. Last week, we received a word from upper management that people who do not report to office by 12/22/2019, their offer will be rescinded. Earlier today, we got a another email that offers will be suspended instead of rescinded. That means their EOD stuff will be in the queue vs terminate the whole application. When the budget stabilizes, the application process will be picked up where it's left off. However, I don't have the specific date. I hope this helps.


I had interview on September and still have not heard anything back. Under this sitution, do I have change to get TO?
athena79  
#7 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 12:51:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: SoupGal Go to Quoted Post
Hi All,

I came on board with USCIS as an ISO a couple of weeks ago. Last week, we received a word from upper management that people who do not report to office by 12/22/2019, their offer will be rescinded. Earlier today, we got a another email that offers will be suspended instead of rescinded. That means their EOD stuff will be in the queue vs terminate the whole application. When the budget stabilizes, the application process will be picked up where it's left off. However, I don't have the specific date. I hope this helps.


Thank you so much for the update! Whew, I'm glad they decided just to suspend and not rescind.
someoldguy  
#8 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 12:52:00 PM(UTC)
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Is this situation limited to USCIS? Not other parts of DHS?

I read various reports that a budget agreement has been reached which will avert a shutdown but I can't tell if it is yet another delaying tactic (that is, kicking the can down the road a little further). If it is a full-year budget then maybe that will clear up this hiring freeze.
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#9 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 1:19:14 PM(UTC)
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I'm strictly referring to USCIS. I don't know about other part of DHS. For example, the hiring freeze affects USCIS but may not be for ICE since the President increased more funding for enforcement stuff.

@ ERYUS _ If you have interviewed but haven't heard anything, I don't think you will hear anything soon such as a TO. I will keep you guys posted if and when I hear of anything related to external hiring.
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#10 Posted : Monday, December 23, 2019 7:25:00 PM(UTC)
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Have any asylum officers with EODs in January gotten word their EODs are suspended? I myself haven't heard anything but my EOD is late in the month.

I'm holding out hope the RAIO is exempt (though that's doubtful if the freeze is USCIS-wide).
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, December 24, 2019 10:01:41 PM(UTC)
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I really hope this isn't true, I have a early January EOD and I'm moving from out of state.

I haven't heard anything about not reporting but it is the holidays.

Now I'm incredibly worried about my start date
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:58:33 AM(UTC)
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I really hope this isn't true, I have a early January EOD and I'm moving from out of state.

I haven't heard anything about not reporting but it is the holidays.

Now I'm incredibly worried about my start date


I received the call from HR that my EOD was suspended exactly two weeks before I was set to report (in early January). They followed up with an email that provided more clarification stating that my TO/EOD was put on "indefinite administrative hold" but once the freeze is lifted they would continue in the process where I had left off (though depending on how much time has lapsed, I may need a new background check). The HR representative I spoke with said that the freeze may not be lifted for days, weeks, or months (and this was the first time since he had been with USCIS to experience something like this). He was pretty gracious and understanding about the whole ordeal.

I'm in the same boat as you and will be relocating out-of-state for this position (driving out on Friday). After the initial shock of what happened wore off, I'm going to take this as an opportunity to spend some time exploring a new city/state. :D

And, fingers crossed, that the freeze doesn't last too long.
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Let's hope this is just an overreaction to the possibility of a shutdown, which as far as I know is not going to happen (for now). Here's hoping it is all cleared up shortly after everyone gets back to work on Monday the 6th (yes some will be back to work as soon as tomorrow but I'm being cautious here).
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#14 Posted : Wednesday, December 25, 2019 9:34:32 AM(UTC)
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The budget bills were signed last week.
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#15 Posted : Wednesday, December 25, 2019 7:12:56 PM(UTC)
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I received my tentative offer for the Asylum Officer position in December. Submitted e-QIP but no EOD yet. How will this hiring freeze affect my TO?
Mukapuka  
#16 Posted : Thursday, December 26, 2019 7:36:42 AM(UTC)
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I got an official letter saying there is a hiring freeze. Noooooooooooooooo. I was so close to leaving my miserable job.
Now my offer is on hold indefinite. Ughhhh come on !!!
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#17 Posted : Thursday, December 26, 2019 7:48:32 AM(UTC)
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I just got off the phone with a USCIS human resources rep. The freeze is specific to only one directorate (she didn't state which one), and that RAIO was not effected. Good news for Asylum Officer aspirants.
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#18 Posted : Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:18:10 PM(UTC)
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The Good News is that the new budget was signed into law on 12/20/2019 so there will be no Shutdown.

The Bad News is that even though the budget is approved, most of the personnel that has to do with any movement in the hiring process is on vacation so we might no see any real movement after next week...

rbrow018  
#19 Posted : Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:44:38 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: guy29 Go to Quoted Post
I just got off the phone with a USCIS human resources rep. The freeze is specific to only one directorate (she didn't state which one), and that RAIO was not effected. Good news for Asylum Officer aspirants.


Someone posted letter on Reddit;

Dear Candidate

The Office of Field Operations is currently under a hiring freeze due to Fiscal Year 2020 budgetary constraints. As a result of the hiring freeze, your tentative offer of employment and corresponding entrance on duty (EOD) date are hereby placed on indefinite administrative hold until further notice. Once the hiring freeze is lifted, we will proceed with your pre-employment process, which may require an updated clearance of the security process. We will continue to monitor the budgetary forecast and will strive to gradually lift restrictions on hiring as fiscally prudent. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. We will reach out to you once the freeze is lifted. Should you have any questions in the meantime, you are welcome to reach out to the servicing Human Resources Specialist.

It looks like the only people that are "safe" are asylum officers. However, this also looks like it will be a protracted freeze so I'd start looking for other jobs if you don't already have one.
Mukapuka  
#20 Posted : Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:58:14 PM(UTC)
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I got the same letter. I wonder if this is Field offices only. I also interviewed for a Service Center.
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