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ICE General Attorney

A few months back there was a "many vacancies" posting for " t3success02/18/17
you do realize there's a hiring freeze, right? dingbat02/18/17
OP, I have applied for the same job twice on USAJobs: one as banana02/20/17
There's a hiring freeze OP. I also got referred but I don't isthisit02/18/17
No the email said this position was exempt from the freeze i t3success02/18/17
Naw I only skimmed it. Thanks for the info. I'll let you kno isthisit02/18/17
Thanks I will do the same. t3success02/18/17
Aside from the hiring freeze, these are tough gigs to get. superttthero02/18/17
I've applied for over 200 federal attorney jobs and only a f t3success02/18/17
haha, I haven't hit 200, but I've hit some I was very qualif superttthero02/18/17
If you're willing to relocate to south Texas or Arizona init bankofmouse02/19/17
Any insight on the interview questions? whipster02/19/17
Typically scripted. The regular - strongest skill, weakness bankofmouse02/21/17
Darn I put Detroit, Charlotte and Memphis as locations (it o t3success02/20/17
That's funny you bring this up. I applied for a General Atto greenhorn02/18/17
I got called for one of these jobs. I was not able to interv whipster02/19/17
Do you have immigration experience? t3success02/20/17
I personally don't, except for a immigration clinic I did wh greenhorn02/20/17
TOURO CLINIC!!!!!! jdu1234432103/07/17
Lol yup. Exactly that. What years were you at Touro ? greenhorn03/07/17
I was referred to one city out of three, but then heard noth oddis50002/20/17
ICE trial attorneys get a lot of court time. I've litigated shithead02/20/17
Has anyone received an interview request for this position? jacque3003/07/17
Nothing here. t3success03/07/17
Nothing here either. banana03/09/17
Nada. isthisit03/09/17
I work for DHS, not ICE, but can tell you I'm seeing a lot o porochi03/08/17
Thanks for the information. I used to be an Attorney Advisor jacque3003/08/17
Why did you quit SSA? t3success03/08/17
My family moved from DC to So Cal. It was also a dead end jo jacque3003/08/17
For external job postings, DHS uses USAJOBS. I'm not aware porochi03/08/17
"If you're talking about the public service loan forgiveness yulacu03/08/17
Good to know, thanks. porochi03/08/17
I just got a referral notice for this posting (I believe...) notthedroidyo01/25/18
I also received the referral notice. jacque3001/25/18
Hopefully this isn't being handled like so many USAJob posti oddis50001/27/18
I interviewed approximately two weeks ago and was surprised sbh121201/29/18
That's what I was afraid of. I've been hired for three diffe oddis50001/29/18
I have been interviewed 3 times through USAjobs. One time th downwardslope01/29/18
New user here, would you mind sharing which location you int melanctonsmith01/31/18
I’m sure you’re right, particularly with an announcement oddis50001/31/18
I applied for this position in 2015 in and was referred to t kelsen101/31/18
Interview was Detroit, MI. I was told that it could be a few sbh121202/01/18
I also wonder if where you live can be a fact in the process kelsen102/01/18
Any new movement? oddis50002/06/18
Nothing here. sbh121202/06/18
Hey all, so I’ve been searching the Internet non stop for ljc186302/20/18
Still no response after interview and follow up email - noth sbh121202/23/18
Yeah I sent a follow up email too, nothing yet. I know they ljc186302/23/18
The people I know that applied never heard a peep after gett oddis50002/25/18
It sounds like only the Ohio/Michigan Office has conducted a ljc186303/08/18
I contacted the person on the original job posting several w sbh121203/08/18
Actually I'd say that's sort of good news, at least technica ljc186303/09/18
Hi, can anyone share interview questions and have advice on grubdy03/23/18
Congrats! If it was like mine prepare for a "structured inte ljc186303/23/18
It is in Boston. Thanks for the information. When was your i grubdy03/25/18
I interviewed in Cleveland back in January but was told it m ljc186303/26/18
I am glad to have found this post. I also interviewed for th br32850103/28/18
br328501, I've never been so aware (against my will) of the ljc186303/28/18
Yes, my status on USAJOBS was changed after the interview. br32850103/28/18
Yes, my status on USAJOBS was changed after the interview. br32850103/28/18
Hmm well then my guess is that might have been an assessment ljc186303/28/18
I would not put too much significance into the changes on us br32850103/28/18
I’m sure you’re probably right about the statuses, seems ljc186303/28/18
My references have not been called and I also have not heard sbh121203/30/18
Well unless we all missed the mark sounds like they just hav ljc186303/31/18
Did anyone that interviewed outside of Michigan or Ohio rece ljc186304/02/18
I'm really surprised that ICE didn't do more with this posti oddis50004/03/18
Hey all, I got work that field offices are still waiting for ljc186304/09/18
Does that mean some offices haven’t yet interviewed, or th oddis50004/09/18
I think both. I assume the offices who interviewed earlier w ljc186304/09/18
Gotcha, thanks for the reply. I’m really curious about th oddis50004/09/18
Thanks for the update. I have not heard anything new regard sbh121204/09/18
Oddis500 - no problem at all. And my guess is wherever your ljc186304/09/18
Any new info from anyone? ljc186304/16/18
Nothing here. sbh121204/16/18
Looks like this job has been announced on USA jobs again? sbh121205/11/18
Yup, I'll def be applying. favorandgrace05/11/18
Yeah got an email about it, might as well try again ljc186305/12/18
Is working for ICE kind of depressing? Going after dreamers kevin09876505/13/18
Terrible job Especially with this administration No disc subprimejd05/15/18
Totes ljc186305/14/18
Hi all, new to the forum and this thread. Applied for the la chasman3305/21/18
Hey chasman33, I can’t say for sure how much immigration e ljc186306/14/18
Thanks for the info. Did you recently interview or are you c chasman3306/14/18
I do not have any immigration experience at all, applied for kelsen106/14/18
No problem, and I interviewed in January but with the budget ljc186306/15/18
Any updates on the new posting for this? I reapplied but ha sbh121207/17/18
Same here. Only thing that’s happened is I got the notice ljc186307/18/18
Any updates? Nothing here. sbh121208/17/18
Nope, nothing yet ljc186308/20/18
Anyone hear anything about interviews for these positions? I chasman3308/27/18
I know a guy in one of the offices that was included who sai masterpoaster08/27/18
I applied for this position May 2018. I interviewed at the S immlawhtx08/28/18
Immlawhtx - yeah that was my experience last round, got an i ljc186308/30/18
I applied for offices on the east coast. I thought the budge chasman3308/30/18
I think the spending levels are set per the budget deal in M ljc186308/30/18

t3success (Feb 18, 2017 - 11:23 am)

A few months back there was a "many vacancies" posting for "General Attorney" with ICE. The post was for probably over 50 cities. Last week or so I was referred but of course have not gotten any further communication. Has anyone interviewed?

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dingbat (Feb 18, 2017 - 11:32 am)

you do realize there's a hiring freeze, right?

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banana (Feb 20, 2017 - 5:57 pm)

OP, I have applied for the same job twice on USAJobs: one as the same one you've applied for with over 50 cities and another that was for the specific city I live in (it was another posting). I was referred on both of those. I haven't interviewed for either. So, rest assured that no one likely has either. From what I understand about the hiring freeze, the jobs that were confirmed pre-Trump (i.e., those) were exempt from the freeze. So, I don't think that matters. Could be wrong, though.

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isthisit (Feb 18, 2017 - 11:38 am)

There's a hiring freeze OP. I also got referred but I don't expect to hear back from them (if at all) for several months possibly 4 years.

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t3success (Feb 18, 2017 - 11:42 am)

No the email said this position was exempt from the freeze if you read it carefully.

The freeze is in place against all "non-essential" hiring.

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isthisit (Feb 18, 2017 - 2:19 pm)

Naw I only skimmed it. Thanks for the info. I'll let you know if I hear back at some point.

I'm on the Beast Coast.

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t3success (Feb 18, 2017 - 6:19 pm)

Thanks I will do the same.

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superttthero (Feb 18, 2017 - 2:43 pm)

Aside from the hiring freeze, these are tough gigs to get.

I have a couple of poker buddies (don't know them too well personally) that work at our local office. The consensus is these jobs are going to people with LOTS of immigration experience or ex-longtime prosecutors.

These are all older dudes and made it clear to me that THEY wouldn't have gotten the job with the little bit of experience they had back in the 90s when they started there.

I'm not saying don't apply, still take you shot, but it's tough even sans hiring freeze.

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t3success (Feb 18, 2017 - 6:18 pm)

I've applied for over 200 federal attorney jobs and only a few interviews. I'm well aware lol.

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superttthero (Feb 18, 2017 - 6:36 pm)

haha, I haven't hit 200, but I've hit some I was very qualified for and got nothing.

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bankofmouse (Feb 19, 2017 - 9:14 pm)

If you're willing to relocate to south Texas or Arizona initially they don't really care about immigration experience. Most of the attorneys that start out in Harlingen/McAllen area end up transferring out to other offices in other cities after about 2 years. Easy job. They are union (yes, even for attorneys). So performance eval is pass/fail. As long as you show up to court and fill out information in the case management software properly, it's impossible to fail.

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whipster (Feb 19, 2017 - 11:42 pm)

Any insight on the interview questions?

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bankofmouse (Feb 21, 2017 - 11:58 am)

Typically scripted. The regular - strongest skill, weakness, time you overcame challenge, time you showed leadership, worked on a team etc... Play up computer skills - especially organization using Outlook (team calendars). Also, be willing to do a lot of things independently. Support staff is always lacking so you need to be OK with making your own copies, organizing filings etc.. Point this out in interview. Reporting up and providing "visibility" to management on issues is always a big deal, so emphasize your communication skills. Don't go in with an aggressive "deport them all" attitude. Despite the rhetoric of the current admin, they want people who are level-headed in these positions. Part of the job is to temper the enforcement officers and make sure they are doing things legally.

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t3success (Feb 20, 2017 - 6:05 am)

Darn I put Detroit, Charlotte and Memphis as locations (it only allowed 3). Probably should have just used my head and put South Texas and AZ.

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greenhorn (Feb 18, 2017 - 4:04 pm)

That's funny you bring this up. I applied for a General Attorney position with ICE over a year ago. I totally forgot about it until I too recieved an email saying I was qualified and referred to the hiring official for the locations that I selected.

This was over a year ago and I have since started my own solo practice. This is an interesting situation.

How are these gigs ? I see the top pay is about 110,000.00. I keep hearing federal attorney jobs are the holy grail of the law world, but I'm also aware that things can be blown out of proportion too.

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whipster (Feb 19, 2017 - 3:43 pm)

I got called for one of these jobs. I was not able to interview the day they wanted me to, so we will see if they call me back for the days I had open. I live in way south Texas, but near one of the detention centers, so that probably put me on the interview radar.

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t3success (Feb 20, 2017 - 6:55 am)

Do you have immigration experience?

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greenhorn (Feb 20, 2017 - 11:13 am)

I personally don't, except for a immigration clinic I did while in law school. It was a semester long program and it basically involved helping getting people get asylum in the U.S. (Most of them were monks from Tibet). This was about 9 years ago lol so I doubt they gave this any consideration.

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jdu12344321 (Mar 7, 2017 - 4:34 pm)

TOURO CLINIC!!!!!!

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greenhorn (Mar 7, 2017 - 9:06 pm)

Lol yup. Exactly that. What years were you at Touro ?

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oddis500 (Feb 20, 2017 - 2:31 pm)

I was referred to one city out of three, but then heard nothing else. I'll post if I hear anything.

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shithead (Feb 20, 2017 - 3:07 pm)

ICE trial attorneys get a lot of court time. I've litigated against many in EOIR, and they are generally very sharp. You'll be pigeonholed into EOIR litigation though. It's hard to make good money in it defense side, and there are hardly any firms in that practice area that aren't solo or small.

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jacque30 (Mar 7, 2017 - 3:26 pm)

Has anyone received an interview request for this position? I spoke with the contact provided on the job posting and she said that they need to have their list of individuals to interview within thirty days of the certified list (best qualified). That deadline is in a few days. She told me that they can request an additional thirty days, but they are currently on schedule with the hiring. Has anyone heard anything yet?

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t3success (Mar 7, 2017 - 4:57 pm)

Nothing here.

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banana (Mar 9, 2017 - 3:03 pm)

Nothing here either.

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isthisit (Mar 9, 2017 - 4:01 pm)

Nada.

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porochi (Mar 8, 2017 - 12:18 am)

I work for DHS, not ICE, but can tell you I'm seeing a lot of internal job postings from ICE OPLA seeking other DHS attys. The DHS immigration components, ICE, CBP, CIS, due to the hiring freeze, are seeking internal transferees. Mainly it's ICE and CBP. I know ICE attys. who are Trial Counsel before EOIR, I've observed many an immigration court proceeding, I can tell you, that job is a grind. Big time. Massive dockets, in court all the time, little time to adequately prepare. It reminded me of my days as a prosecutor handling the traffic court docket. A gagillion cases, no time to prepare for trial, just endless. The IJ's have it worse. That has to be the worst ALJ job out there, that and the SSA and VA ALJ's. The caseload is so absolutely crushing, I mean, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But one thing Trump has done that could reduce the caseload is he's moved many more respondents into the expedited removal system, so fewer can actually get a hearing before an IJ. If that actually plays out like contemplated it could, over time, reduce the ICE Trial Counsel caseload and they can breathe.

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jacque30 (Mar 8, 2017 - 1:10 pm)

Thanks for the information. I used to be an Attorney Advisor for SSA Appeals Counsel in DC and am hoping for reinstatement. There are not many fed attorney jobs where I just moved (So Cal), but I need the student loan forgiveness. Does DHS only use USAJobs or do they have another site (similar to the DOJ)? Is previous fed employment helpful, even if it was not from DHS?

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t3success (Mar 8, 2017 - 1:26 pm)

Why did you quit SSA?

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jacque30 (Mar 8, 2017 - 2:20 pm)

My family moved from DC to So Cal. It was also a dead end job with almost no promotional potential. People waited years for 13 and then were stuck there until a higher-up retired.

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porochi (Mar 8, 2017 - 4:17 pm)

For external job postings, DHS uses USAJOBS. I'm not aware of any other type of external job postings. Don't count on getting the fed.'s student loan repayment if that's what you're referring to. Hardly anyone at DHS gets that. If you're talking about the public service loan forgiveness program, that requires 120 months of on time payment, consecutive, after you join. So you gotta wait a decade to get that benefit after you get back in. At least that's my understanding of the program. Previous federal employment is helpful getting on here. I got on here due to a niche practice I more or less stumbled into at my previous fed. atty. job, one that no one else wanted. I didn't mind doing it though and that niche practice got me into DHS when they were looking for someone with just that experience. Now I'm stuck forever in that niche, looks like, but hey, I did make GS-15 when I jumped to DHS and I don't mind that either. I'll keep doing this mega boring niche practice till I retire.

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yulacu (Mar 8, 2017 - 4:47 pm)

"If you're talking about the public service loan forgiveness program, that requires 120 months of on time payment, consecutive, after you join"

The payments don't have to be consecutive for public service loan forgiveness to apply. That's a popular misconception. You can start where you previously left off in terms of the number of payments that qualify.

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porochi (Mar 8, 2017 - 8:25 pm)

Good to know, thanks.

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notthedroidyo (Jan 25, 2018 - 3:01 pm)

I just got a referral notice for this posting (I believe...)

Anyone else?

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jacque30 (Jan 25, 2018 - 4:45 pm)

I also received the referral notice.

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oddis500 (Jan 27, 2018 - 6:55 pm)

Hopefully this isn't being handled like so many USAJob postings are and the "notices" go out after they've already interviewed their actual targets. If anybody has actually already interviewed, or been contacted, please let us know. I've got several friends trying to get on their.

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sbh1212 (Jan 29, 2018 - 9:48 pm)

I interviewed approximately two weeks ago and was surprised that my USAjobs was updated on Jan 25 from received to ‘referred’ with no reference to the interview. I have not heard anything since the interview.

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oddis500 (Jan 29, 2018 - 10:10 pm)

That's what I was afraid of. I've been hired for three different Fed agencies now, and every time I've interviewed (and twice already hired) before my USAJobs account ever mentioned I was referred. Honestly, it seems like if you get "referred" before you get a call for an interview, you are already out of the running.

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downwardslope (Jan 29, 2018 - 10:40 pm)

I have been interviewed 3 times through USAjobs. One time they did nothing (was called about a month after the posting closed) and the other two times I was referred and got an interview call. It depends on the HR, I think.

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melanctonsmith (Jan 31, 2018 - 11:48 am)

New user here, would you mind sharing which location you interviewed for? I too have friends interested and one friend in an office that is hiring. My friend in one of the offices informed me that their office has not begun interviews. I did not apply, so I don't think they would have a reason to avoid telling me the truth.

As another poster stated, it's possible that with so many locations hiring, the respective offices are moving at different speeds through the hiring process.

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oddis500 (Jan 31, 2018 - 11:15 am)

I’m sure you’re right, particularly with an announcement this large. It’s likely that each region is handling the process in their own way. Hopefully people will keep this thread updated so we can have an idea how it is progressing.

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kelsen1 (Jan 31, 2018 - 12:17 pm)

I applied for this position in 2015 in and was referred to the city of El Paso in Texas. They call me later and had 2 interviews. Even though I didnt get an offer my status showed “selected”. I found this now when I applied again. I called them and they said it was because I got to the last interview.
It would be nice if we write the cities we chose and to which we were referred.
I wonder if among all the cities at least one person has to be hired.

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sbh1212 (Feb 1, 2018 - 10:21 am)

Interview was Detroit, MI. I was told that it could be a few months before I heard anything but that they wanted to be ready to go once they received the ability to formally hire. I was also told that if selected I would hear from someone out of the Texas office.

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kelsen1 (Feb 1, 2018 - 11:10 am)

I also wonder if where you live can be a fact in the process.. i am willing to relocate but maybe people living in the area have more preference.

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oddis500 (Feb 6, 2018 - 5:06 am)

Any new movement?

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sbh1212 (Feb 6, 2018 - 10:30 am)

Nothing here.

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ljc1863 (Feb 20, 2018 - 10:00 pm)

Hey all, so I’ve been searching the Internet non stop for some current info on the hiring process and I finally found this! Anyway I interviewed in Cleveland on January 16 and was told the same thing - it may be a while before we hear anything because of the budget issues. Also my referral came a week after I interviewed so on Jan 25. So confused about that for a while but it seems like HR updated the backlog of statuses that day.

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sbh1212 (Feb 23, 2018 - 11:13 am)

Still no response after interview and follow up email - nothing to update here.

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ljc1863 (Feb 23, 2018 - 11:20 am)

Yeah I sent a follow up email too, nothing yet. I know they won’t have hiring authority until Congress passes the DHS appropriation bill for 2018 hopefully before the next deadline on March 23. Sigh.

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oddis500 (Feb 25, 2018 - 10:15 pm)

The people I know that applied never heard a peep after getting referred. With you guys already having interviews quite a bit ago, it looks like the boat has sailed. Best of luck to those that get an interview!

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ljc1863 (Mar 8, 2018 - 10:57 am)

It sounds like only the Ohio/Michigan Office has conducted any interviews yet so maybe the other Division Offices are just holding off until the budget finally passes. And SBH1212, did you send the follow up email to the person listed as the contact in Texas? Or the person who contacted you for the interview?

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sbh1212 (Mar 8, 2018 - 4:30 pm)

I contacted the person on the original job posting several weeks ago and I just received a response today that no decisions had been made. She also said that they could not give me a time frame for a decision.

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ljc1863 (Mar 9, 2018 - 2:40 pm)

Actually I'd say that's sort of good news, at least technically all those that interviewed are still in the running. So if Congress can get it together we should at least know one way or the other relatively soon (& other offices might start the interviewing process for all those not in Ohio or Michigan). It seems likely they'll pass the budget before the March 23rd deadline bc word on the street is no one wants to deal with it during the midterms.

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grubdy (Mar 23, 2018 - 12:48 am)

Hi, can anyone share interview questions and have advice on how to prepare? I have an interview next week and I am not sure what to expect. Thanks!

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ljc1863 (Mar 23, 2018 - 5:35 pm)

Congrats! If it was like mine prepare for a "structured interview" - they'll ask you a set list of questions, but if you google "government structured interview questions" that'll give you pretty good idea of what to expect. Do you mind sharing what location you're interviewing at?

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grubdy (Mar 25, 2018 - 6:59 pm)

It is in Boston. Thanks for the information. When was your interview? Have you heard back? I am not sure what experience they are looking for or how many people they are looking to hire.

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ljc1863 (Mar 26, 2018 - 9:44 am)

I interviewed in Cleveland back in January but was told it might be a while before we knew the results because they couldn’t hire for new positions until the budget passed (which it finally did on Friday) so hopefully we will hear soon. I think as far as hiring it just depends on the location, I think for Cleveland it might be a couple. It terms of experience - if you made it this far you already have the qualifications. I think this stage is mainly are you personality wise & work ethic wise a good fit. If you go back and look at the job posting I believe it lists in there the qualities they are looking for in hires (integrity etc) if I remember correctly a lot of the structured questions ran along those lines. I would look those up and be able to give specific examples in your life when you demonstrated them.

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br328501 (Mar 28, 2018 - 2:40 pm)

I am glad to have found this post. I also interviewed for the Cleveland Office in January. I haven't heard back yet. I am hoping they will get the ball rolling soon now that we have a budget! Has anyone had any of their references called? (As far as I know, none of my references have been contacted)

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ljc1863 (Mar 28, 2018 - 4:45 pm)

br328501, I've never been so aware (against my will) of the national budget than I have been since January lol. I haven't heard anything yet and likewise as far as I know none of my references have been contacted either. I also was wondering if everyone on here who interviewed had their USAJobs status changed to "referred" on Jan 25th, aka after interviewing, just trying to figure out if it had anything to do with the interview or not.

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br328501 (Mar 28, 2018 - 4:58 pm)

Yes, my status on USAJOBS was changed after the interview.

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br328501 (Mar 28, 2018 - 4:58 pm)

Yes, my status on USAJOBS was changed after the interview.

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ljc1863 (Mar 28, 2018 - 5:16 pm)

Hmm well then my guess is that might have been an assessment interview to see who made the cert list, not entirely sure what that means going forward but at least it's not bad news...br328501, were you told how long it might take or the next step?

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br328501 (Mar 28, 2018 - 5:50 pm)

I would not put too much significance into the changes on usajobs. It’s most likely those were just delayed.

They just told me at the interview that they couldn’t make any decisions until after they received a budget.

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ljc1863 (Mar 28, 2018 - 6:36 pm)

I’m sure you’re probably right about the statuses, seems more likely. Just excited for some kind of information at this point. And yeah that was pretty much what I was told as well regarding the budget. Hopefully some kind of update will be given soon.

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sbh1212 (Mar 30, 2018 - 8:01 pm)

My references have not been called and I also have not heard anything since my interview.

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ljc1863 (Mar 31, 2018 - 10:13 am)

Well unless we all missed the mark sounds like they just haven’t got there yet. I emailed HR three weeks ago just asking for an update and still nothing.

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ljc1863 (Apr 2, 2018 - 5:55 pm)

Did anyone that interviewed outside of Michigan or Ohio recently get a timeline for when they’d hear back?

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oddis500 (Apr 3, 2018 - 4:51 pm)

I'm really surprised that ICE didn't do more with this posting. I haven't heard of anyone (IRL) who even got a call. I can't imagine all of the people I know that applied didn't even warrant an interview. Has anyone heard if they just decided not to hire in several of the locations?

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ljc1863 (Apr 9, 2018 - 11:06 am)

Hey all, I got work that field offices are still waiting for authorization from HQ to begin hiring. HQ has to sort out the budget now that it has passed, & no one knows how that long that will take exactly.

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oddis500 (Apr 9, 2018 - 11:16 am)

Does that mean some offices haven’t yet interviewed, or they haven’t been authorized to hire the candidates they’ve decided on?

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ljc1863 (Apr 9, 2018 - 11:30 am)

I think both. I assume the offices who interviewed earlier were trying to get a head start for when they finally got authorization so they could hit the ground running, but per grubdy's post above, it looks like some offices are only just starting to interview. So my guess is not every office listed on the USAJobs post has made it to interviews yet.

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oddis500 (Apr 9, 2018 - 12:06 pm)

Gotcha, thanks for the reply. I’m really curious about this hiring. Being a vet, I have a lot of friends who are currently attorneys in the federal government and applied for through this listing (about 9 total I think). Not ONE has received an interview yet. And they’ve applied for offices all over the map. Most of them have federal litigation experience. It’s been unlike any posting I’ve seen in that nobody even got an interview.

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sbh1212 (Apr 9, 2018 - 2:48 pm)

Thanks for the update. I have not heard anything new regarding the job status or my interview.

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ljc1863 (Apr 9, 2018 - 4:37 pm)

Oddis500 - no problem at all. And my guess is wherever your friends applied just haven't moved forward yet, it's no secret that there is a giant backlog of immigration cases. So it seems really unlikely ICE has just posted an arbitrary job posting for 51 cities. The hold up is probably because Congress took so long to get the budget passed. BTW, I read somewhere the number of ICE attorneys is generally dependent on the number of immigration judges in that area, so if the cities are taking on more IJ's it's likely that city will be hiring.

Sbh1212 - since you interviewed in Detroit I imagine the info I got also applies to your situation since the same ICE office covers Ohio & Michigan.

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ljc1863 (Apr 16, 2018 - 11:50 am)

Any new info from anyone?

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sbh1212 (Apr 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm)

Nothing here.

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sbh1212 (May 11, 2018 - 8:51 am)

Looks like this job has been announced on USA jobs again?

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favorandgrace (May 11, 2018 - 11:54 am)

Yup, I'll def be applying.

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ljc1863 (May 12, 2018 - 11:45 am)

Yeah got an email about it, might as well try again

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kevin098765 (May 13, 2018 - 10:49 pm)

Is working for ICE kind of depressing? Going after dreamers and old ladies and such?

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subprimejd (May 15, 2018 - 9:16 pm)

Terrible job
Especially with this administration
No discretion
Just deny and deport

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ljc1863 (May 14, 2018 - 12:06 pm)

Totes

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chasman33 (May 21, 2018 - 8:48 pm)

Hi all, new to the forum and this thread. Applied for the latest ICE posting. I have a good deal of trial and appellate work as a prosecutor, but very little immigration background, except for some work with ICE years ago regarding criminal alien removals. How much immigration background are they usually looking for? It sounds from previous responses on this thread that this hearings are similar to the hearings and trials at a NYC criminal court.

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ljc1863 (Jun 14, 2018 - 6:30 am)

Hey chasman33, I can’t say for sure how much immigration experience they want but I didn’t have that much at all and still got an interview. Don’t know if that helps

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chasman33 (Jun 14, 2018 - 8:26 am)

Thanks for the info. Did you recently interview or are you currently working at ICE? Did you have any immigration law background when you applied?

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kelsen1 (Jun 14, 2018 - 9:33 am)

I do not have any immigration experience at all, applied for this position back in 2015 and had 2 interviews, they selected another candidate. Applied again back in September and was referred for the 3 cities I selected, nothing has happened after, it looks like the position was recently open again and I have no idea what does that mean because my application is still under referred status.

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ljc1863 (Jun 15, 2018 - 6:42 am)

No problem, and I interviewed in January but with the budget issues the city I interviewed for got postponed until this most recent round, so I reapplied and waiting to see what happens. As far as immigration experience, I had some very basic experience but it was by no means a central feature of my resume. I think they’re more concerned with familiarity with government work and court room experience, but that’s just the impression I got.

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sbh1212 (Jul 17, 2018 - 4:05 pm)

Any updates on the new posting for this? I reapplied but have heard nothing so far.

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ljc1863 (Jul 18, 2018 - 6:54 am)

Same here. Only thing that’s happened is I got the notice of results around the first or second week of June. My guess is they’re in the same boat as last time, have to see the status of the 2019 budget. Though I do know they specifically requested money to hire 200+ attorneys this go round so we probably just have to wait again. Sigh

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sbh1212 (Aug 17, 2018 - 4:31 pm)

Any updates? Nothing here.

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ljc1863 (Aug 20, 2018 - 9:55 am)

Nope, nothing yet

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chasman33 (Aug 27, 2018 - 10:27 am)

Anyone hear anything about interviews for these positions? I was referred, but have heard nothing. Any ideas what's going on?

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masterpoaster (Aug 27, 2018 - 8:57 pm)

I know a guy in one of the offices that was included who said they don't actually antcipate having a posn funded until 2019 and the mass posting was basically a resume colllect. Ymmv.

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immlawhtx (Aug 28, 2018 - 1:05 pm)

I applied for this position May 2018. I interviewed at the San Antonio office in July. I was told HR in CA would contact me for a follow up, but no timeline was given. I still have not heard back.

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ljc1863 (Aug 30, 2018 - 6:54 am)

Immlawhtx - yeah that was my experience last round, got an interview but no timeline because of the budget then the time ran out. and they had to repost the position. And Chasman33 do you mind sharing what offices and or regions you applied for that you got referred on?

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chasman33 (Aug 30, 2018 - 1:08 pm)

I applied for offices on the east coast. I thought the budget for the coming fiscal year was set already. Is it not?

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ljc1863 (Aug 30, 2018 - 3:11 pm)

I think the spending levels are set per the budget deal in March but the appropriations haven’t passed yet for 2019, and then after they finally do pass I know the individual field offices have to get permission from the top to hire

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