Immigration Officer FDNS Career, Salary and Training Info

As an Immigration Officer with the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), directed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), you will be focused on national security and public-safety issues. You will work as a liaison between law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and USCIS to coordinate local, regional, and national procedures that relate to immigration fraud.

Your main duties will be performing work connected with fraud detection and national security.

Immigration Officer FDNS Agent Requirements

A successful candidate will show an ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion. The applicant will be able to research and analyze legal information and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

The hiring process is straight forward. Available positions are posted on the USA Jobs site which is a government website. The announcement will give the dates for applicant consideration and the specific requirements for the posted position. The location, salary, and any special requirements, such as examinations, will be clearly stated in the posted description of the open position.

You will need to submit all documents required with your application and keep a copy of both the vacancy announcement and the application as you submitted it. The contact information on the vacancy announcement will allow you to check on the status of your application.

After the posted closing date has been reached, applications will be reviewed and eligibility determined for each candidate. Eligible applications will be evaluated and an offer of employment extended for the posted position.

The best candidates will be identified and scheduled for interviews. Immediately following acceptance of an offer of employment, the pre-employment security process will begin.

Education and Training

You will be expected to complete the 9 week basic training course for USCIS followed by training specific to your duties as an Immigration Officer FDNS.

Further training will be ongoing and depend on the responsibility required in your position.

Immigration Officer FDNS Salary

Salary levels will vary depending on the location of the posted position, but fall in a range from $47,000 to $60,000 annually. In addition, Immigration Officers have access to excellent benefits of leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plan offers available to all federal employees.

A program to pay for additional education provides an excellent opportunity to complete your undergraduate degree or to pursue a graduate studies.

Immigration Officer FDNS Opportunities

The potential for lateral and upward mobility as an Immigration Officer FDNS can be significant. Unlike many federal enforcement positions, these positions offer a clear choice of assignment location.

Relocation is a possibility in the future, especially if you seek promotion, but the frequent relocation of some federal law enforcement jobs is not a factor as an Immigration Officer FDNS.

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Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

11 comments… add one
  • Noelia Humphries

    I’ve been working in a bank for 5 years and i am really interested in stopping fraud. i would like to work in i place that i could use my language skills and being able to help people.

    • Radek M. Gadek

      Look into White Collar Crime as a basis for your interests. Forensic Accounting, for example, is a great degree track that trains an individual to detect fraud and bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.

  • Doris Jackson

    I held positions as a correctional officer and as a Deputy sheriff. I also love the language of American sign language..I don’t have a degree as of yet,,hopefully by the end of 2011. I will receive my AA, but I am leaning more towards working with my sign language, what do you suggest..

  • Yesenia

    I would like to work at the border as the Agent that check the documents but i really can’t find any information on what i need to do or anything can you explain to me the process or is an Immigration officer the same thing as those that check documents at the border?

    • Radek M. Gadek

      ALWAYS start with the website of the agency you’re interested in. I recommend utilizing Google Search and looking for .gov websites. is also a great place to look for openings. In the last few years, the Federal law enforcement agencies have been pretty straight forward with posting a lot of great info on different careers. Nevertheless, this is probably what you’re looking for: <– look for "careers"

  • A.J.

    I majored in International Studies & French with a minor in Political Science in undergrad, taught middle school social studies for a few years and now I’m back in school, working on my Masters in Criminal Justice. I have no experience in law enforcement, however I am very interested in becoming a detective. I’m mostly interested in human trafficking, but it doesn’t seem to be in demand and the chances of getting hired in that area seem to be very slim. I have other interest such as drug trafficking and immigration. I’m getting very discouraged because of my age (32yrs) & the lack of experience as I don’t even know how to use a gun, let alone own one. What do you suggest my first step should be? Am I making a big mistake here?

  • Dawn Smith

    I would like to change careers in to the field of immigration. While I do not have any past experience as such, I have been supervising for some years in a unrelated field of clerical. I also heard Mr GADEK state that there is a cut off age for some related fields such as a Immigration Officer. I am 38 years old and I am wondering if anyone can advise me on other areas within immigration that isn’t as strict with the age requirements?….I would so appreciate if someone can help me with this question, and provide some INFORMATION and advice.
    I thank you sincerely.

  • Singh

    I graduated from Widener University with a 3.0 of a BA in Criminal Justice. I am bilingual in three other languages. What is the next step I should take in being a immigration officer in terms of becoming certified or licensed?

  • Benny

    Just had an interview two weeks ago for an immigration services officer position. How long will it take for me to hear from them about a job offer? Do i have to call them for information regarding the hiring process?

  • Eva

    By any chance, does anyone know what the hiring process is for Immigration Services Officer??? I’ve received an e-mail saying that I was eligible for the position in two different states and my application was referred to selecting officials. I had a phone interview with one of them and weeks later they emailed me from the other state asking for the supervisory references (that state never interviewed me) do you think they all work together and since one of them interviewed me the other doesn’t have to??
    Thank you for your help.

  • Maria

    I am pursuing an online BA in Criminal Justice. My goal is to work as an immigration specialist/counselor (assist people to get their immigration paperwork in order). Is this something that can be achieved with a BA in Criminal justice?

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