Immigration officers work within a government agency, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, to assess various aspects of immigration procedures, as well as research and analyze U.S. immigration laws, regulations, and procedures and interpret and apply them to individual cases and visa applications. They typically use departmental guidance, legal databases, and other research tools to fulfill their tasks.
Immigration officers can expect to work regularly with departmental supervisors, a set of colleagues, department support staff, and would-be and current immigrants. Indeed, much of their job involves processing visas and other residency applications for immigrants and processing their paperwork to determine their needs and whether they will obtain immigration rights according to current laws and regulations.
Immigration officers can also expect to work directly with law enforcement officials to assist in apprehending individuals in violation of immigration laws. Some may be tasked with helping coordinate information with state and/or federal authorities to ensure that national security is protected and terrorism and illegal trafficking are prevented. Due to the complicated research and analysis in this work, a bachelor's degree is generally required for this position, and prior clerical and research experience in a professional setting may also be required.
Immigration Officer Tasks
Check documents and paper to ensure proper documentation.
Ensure any person denied entry returns or is detained.
Process and grant or deny visa requests.
Determine acceptability of visa, travel, asylum and other requests.