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majun  
#1 Posted : Saturday, August 21, 2021 9:08:24 AM(UTC)
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There was a proposed rule published in the Federal Register today that will radically change the way expedited removal and credible fear will be handled. Briefly, they are proposing turning over initial jurisdiction for asylum claims to asylum officers after credible fear is found, instead of sending the cases to immigration court. Asylum officers will make decisions, in the first instance, on claims for asylum, withholding and Convention Against Torture. There are a couple of things in the rule that will be of interest for those thinking about a career as an asylum officer:

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As such, under this proposed rule, USCIS asylum officers making final decisions on statutory withholding of removal and CAT protection cases would be at a GS– 13 minimum, considering they will be conducting adjudications traditionally performed only by IJs.93 In addition, first-line Supervisory Asylum Officers (‘‘SAO’’s) reviewing these decisions would be graded at a GS–14.94 Currently, not all SAOs are at a grade GS–14. However, aligning all first-line SAOs to a GS–14 ensures operational flexibility and makes this position consistent with the similar work processes and functions performed by the first-line Supervisory Refugee Officer position.


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USCIS has estimated the staffing resources it will need to implement this proposed rule. At the three volume levels of credible fear cases, USCIS plans to hire between 794 and 4,647 total new positions, with a primary estimate of 2,035 total new positions.


Of course not all new positions will be asylum officers, there will increases in clerical staff, supervisory and management too, but I would assume that the low estimate of 794 new positions would include 400 - 500 new asylum officer positions. And, if the rule is implemented, hiring will be expedited.

You all can peruse the new rule at https://www.govinfo.gov/...08-20/pdf/2021-17779.pdf
Mr. Dr. Officer  
#2 Posted : Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:45:09 PM(UTC)
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That certainly explains the 131 openings for GS-13 Asylum Officers I was just coming here to ask about.

Well, as someone trying to get back into Asylum after having to leave in 2019 for personal reasons, here is to hoping this filters down to the, oh, say, GS-11 level in mass quantities soon!
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#3 Posted : Saturday, August 21, 2021 9:56:05 PM(UTC)
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That certainly explains the 131 openings for GS-13 Asylum Officers I was just coming here to ask about.

Well, as someone trying to get back into Asylum after having to leave in 2019 for personal reasons, here is to hoping this filters down to the, oh, say, GS-11 level in mass quantities soon!


I would assume that the whole process will be bifurcated with GS-9/11/12 AOs still doing the credible fear interviews and the GS-13 AOs dedicated to doing the full hearings. If that is the case and just about all the new openings are filled from within (which they almost have to be), they will have to backfill at the lower grades.

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