Immigration Judge

US Department of Justice - Adelanto, CA
$134,813 - $176,900 a year
    Duties Summary

    Applicants who have applied to previous Immigration Judge announcements and/or other locations must re-apply to this announcement to receive consideration for this/these location(s).

    This is a Excepted Service position. Additional positions may be filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.


    This position is in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our team of expert professionals in becoming a part of our challenging and rewarding Agency. The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.

    EOIR consist of three adjudicatory components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of the immigration judges' decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of our Nation's immigration laws in all cases. EOIR's Headquarters is located in Falls Church, Virginia, about 10 miles from downtown Washington, DC.

    Immigration Judges preside in formal, quasi-judicial hearings. Proceedings before Immigration Judges include but are not limited to deportation, exclusion, removal, rescission, and bond. Immigration Judges make decisions which are final unless formally appealed. In connection with these proceedings, Immigration Judges exercise certain discretionary powers as provided by law, and are required to exercise independent judgment in reaching final decisions. Immigration Judges may be required to conduct hearings in penal institutions and other remote locations.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
    • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
    • Moving and Relocation Expense are not authorized.
    • Relevant experience (see qualifications below.)
    • Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
    • You must file a financial disclosure statement in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    Qualifications In order to qualify for the Immigration Judge position, applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications listed below.

    Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B., LL.M., or a J.D. degree.


    Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the month and year of your admission to the bar).


    Experience: Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of post-bar experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or appealing formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level. Qualifying litigation experience involves cases in which a complaint was filed with a court, or a charging document (e.g., indictment or information) was issued by a court, a grand jury, or appropriate military authority. Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body. (include specific dates employed for each position. In addition, any experience on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties)


    In addition to the minimum qualifications above, applicants must submit a writing sample which demonstrates their ability to author legal documents (not to exceed ten (10) pages) and a document addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (See "How You Will Be Evaluated" section) in order to be considered for this position. Failure to submit these documents will result in your application being removed from consideration.

    Employment is contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Selectee(s) must be able to maintain a public trust clearance.

    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to Immigration Judge appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in Immigration Judge hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must claim their status when completing their application in the online application process and attach supporting documentation (see section entitled "Required Documents" for further details).

    Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Alternative work schedule options are available.

    You must file a financial disclosure statement in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    This is an excepted service appointment. Upon completion of the required trial period, the position will be permanent.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based, in part, on the following quality ranking factors (QRF's):

    • Ability to demonstrate the appropriate temperament to serve as a judge.
    • Knowledge of immigration laws and procedures.
    • Substantial litigation experience, preferably in a high volume context.
    • Experience handling complex legal issues.
    • Experience conducting administrative hearings.
    • Knowledge of judicial practices and procedures.
    Applicants are required to address each of the 6 QRFs in narrative form, to the best of the applicant's ability. A response stating only that the applicant does not have experience will not be considered as addressing the affected QRF. Applicants that do not have experience within a specific factor should instead discuss a similar skill/ability/knowledge/experience for evaluation. Failure to address each factor at this minimum level will result in an ineligible determination. The QRFs must be addressed on a separate document which indicates the number of the specific QRF you are addressing. Applicants should be thorough in addressing the QRFs. For example, applicants addressing QRF #3 (substantial litigation experience) should discuss the approximate number of cases handled in a given period of time, the applicant's specific role (first chair, co-counsel, responsible for the written brief only, etc.), and the length of time involved in a given role (lead counsel in 20 jury trials in 10 years). Applicants should also include specific examples of the types of cases, the number of court appearances made in those cases, and the case dispositions (plea, settlement, bench trial, Jury trial, etc.) Conclusory statements (such as "the applicant has been involved in a substantial amount of litigation") will receive little or no weight in the evaluation of the QRFs.
    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    1.) Resume documenting 7 years of legal experience post bar admission (include specific dates employed for each position. In addition, any experience on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties)
    2.) Documents addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs). There is additional information regarding the QRFs under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.
    3.) Writing Sample which demonstrates your ability to author legal documents (one (1) only, and not to exceed 10 pages).
    4.) Current or former government employees must provide copies of their most recent performance appraisal and their latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Actions.

    NOTE: Failure to submit the documents above with your application package will result in your application package being removed from consideration.

    Optional Documentation if applicable
    Documentation Supporting Veterans' Preference. Although the Veterans' preference point system does not apply to this position, we are still accepting preference claims and adjudicating them per the documentation provided. Note: If claiming 5-point veterans' preference, include a Form DD-214 or correspondence from the Veterans' Administration. For applicants claiming 10-point veterans' preference, a Form SF-15 and documentation required by that form, VA or military letter dated 1991 or later, and Form DD-214 must be submitted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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