Immigration Officer

According to the website httpwww.degrees.info immigration officers are also known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents immigration enforcement agents and ICE agents. They work under the Department of Homeland Security and their job is to protect the national security of the United States by enforcing the laws and regulations of the legal immigration system. Some immigration officers work as security agents for the airlines and others keep watch over federal buildings and their efforts are especially directed at protection from terrorists. The website www.ehow.com says that immigration officers work with law enforcement officials and national intelligence agencies to investigate illegal aliens as well as people who perpetrate fraud by helping illegal aliens obtain false documentation. They often participate in conducting interviews of those suspected of such illegal acts after which they write a report and make written recommendations about the case. The website www.degrees.info says that aspiring immigration officers they must complete a four-year bachelor’s degree which should include at least some courses in criminal justice. However a master’s degree increases the chances of obtaining a position and also of advancing to a higher level position within the system. In addition immigration officers must be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents for three of the past five years and they should have work experience preferably within the government. In addition they must pass a background check have a valid driver’s license and participate in an 18-week basic training course on immigration law and procedures. Salaries for immigration officers depend on years of experience seniority and the exact nature of the position. However according to the website www.degrees.info entry-level immigration officers earn between $47000 and $62000 annually plus benefits such as health insurance paid holidays and retirement plans.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $54500
High Salary: $62000
Low Salary: $47000
Tasks: Assists with immigration regulation.
Conducts immigration-related investigations.
Focuses on national security and public-safety issues.
Works to detect immigration benefit fraud.
Also Called: Customs Enforcement Agent
Immigration Enforcement Agent
ICE Agent
Immigration Special Agent
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5098756_job-description-immigration-officer.html
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=f1492f81eb478110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=4db791de70c98110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD
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