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As a result of the recent ICE Recruiting and Hiring Event in Texas, ICE received a large number of applications through USAJOBS. Thank you to all who took the time to apply for positions with ICE ERO and HSI. Below are answers to common questions about emails received from the ICE Office of Human Capital. More detailed information about federal government hiring can be found on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website.

Direct Hire Explained

Direct-hire authority allows federal agencies to hire individuals without using traditional rating, ranking, and selection procedures, including the application of veterans’ preference. Applicants must apply for direct-hire authority jobs through USAJOBS and meet any pre-employment requirements. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management approves direct-hire authority when an agency has a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need. It can cover certain occupations and geographical locations.

Notice of Results (NOR)

Below are two sample Notice of Results (NOR) emails from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The emails are sample responses to direct-hire authority applications for ICE Deportation Officer and Criminal Investigator positions. Review our helpful guide to understand what information is contained in the NOR email.

The main body of the message includes general language about why you are receiving the email and several disclaimers about the meaning of the message. OPM states:

  • that the email is not a job offer,
  • the qualifications stated in your application are subject to fact checking and verification,
  • it is possible a Human Resources Specialist has not yet reviewed your application, and
  • because you applied for a direct-hire position, and if you are a Veteran, preference points were not added to the passing examination score for rating procedures.

Sample email response for criminal investigator applicants

Appointment Type: Lists if the position is Permanent or Temporary

Work Schedule: Lists if the position is Full-Time or Part-Time

Applicant Notification

To: janeDoe@email.com

From: usastaffingoffice@opm.gov

Sent: 7/31/2018 17:28 EDT

Subject: Notice of Results for Criminal Investigator (FEMALE ONLY), OPM-INV-10245575-DH-AJA

The Notice of Results title which includes the position title, agency directorate and OPM code – a series of letters and numbers specific to the position.

 

Jane Doe

Thank you for your interest in Federal employment with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This notice is a record of your application for Federal employment you recently submitted to this office for the position below.

Series-Position Title: -1811-Criminal Investigator (FEMALE ONLY)

Lists job series number and title of position applied

 

Vacancy ID: 10245575

Identifying number used by OPM to specify position

 

Announcement Number: OPM-INV-10245575-DH-AJA

Same number found in the subject line; this number and the vacancy ID can be used to search the full position listing on USAJOBS

 

Geographic Availability:

Locations where ICE may fill the position; same locations as the USAJOBS position listing

Tampa, Florida, Miami, Florida, San Diego, California, Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Honolulu, Hawaii, Los Angeles, California, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, Dallas, Texas, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, Baltimore, Maryland, El Paso, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Boston, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, New Orleans, Louisiana, Saint Paul, Minnesota, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New York

Your rating is:
Ineligible for the following position or positions:

This section of the letter provides a detailed code and explanation of ineligibility

  • GL-1811-7; You do not appear to meet the first area of consideration specified in the job announcement. However, we have accepted your application and may review it if a selection is not made from the first area of consideration. If upon later review we find that you are eligible and referred or ineligible, we will notify you.
  • GL-1811-9; You do not appear to meet the first area of consideration specified in the job announcement. However, we have accepted your application and may review it if a selection is not made from the first area of consideration. If upon later review we find that you are eligible and referred or ineligible, we will notify you.

You will receive or should have already received a system generated notification indicating that online assessments for this announcement are complete. That is an automatic notification that is sent to applicants that will not be sent to proctored testing.

If you have questions regarding this message, please use the contact information listed in the vacancy announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE. IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

Sample email response for deportation officer applicants

Applicant Notification

To: janedoe@email.com

From: usastaffingoffice@opm.gov

Sent: 7/30/2018 16:35 EDT

Subject: Notice of Results: Deportation Officer (FEMALE ONLY), DAL-ERO-10210848-DH-CR

The Notice of Results title which includes the position title, agency directorate and OPM code – a series of letters and numbers specific to the position

 

Jane Doe

Thank you for your interest in Federal employment with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Please note, this is not a job offer.

This is a record of your application for Federal employment for the occupation shown below. Your qualifications and any eligibility are subject to verification. This notice provides information within your record as it appears in the files of the Servicing Office shown above.

Your eligibility may be based solely on your responses to minimum qualification questions and may not have been reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist to determine accuracy at this time.

Please note, Veterans Preference points are not added to the passing examination score under direct hire rating procedures.

Series-Position Title: 1801-Deportation Officer (FEMALE ONLY)

Lists job series number and title of position applied

 

Vacancy ID: 10210848

Identifying number used by OPM to specify position

 

Announcement Number: DAL-ERO-10210848-DH-CR

Same number found in the subject line; this number and the vacancy ID can be used to search the full position listing on USAJOBS

 

Geographic Availability:

Locations where ICE may fill the position; same locations as the USAJOBS position listing

Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Newark, New Jersey, San Diego, California, Chicago, Illinois, New Orleans, Louisiana, Phoenix, Arizona, Los Angeles, California, San Francisco, California, Washington DC, District of Columbia, Seattle, Washington, Buffalo, New York, New York, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Detroit, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts, and Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Appointment Type: Permanent

Lists if the position is Permanent or Temporary

 

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Lists if the position is Full-Time or Part-Time

You must meet all medical, suitability and qualification requirements to be considered for a position.

 

Ineligible for the following position or positions:

This section of the letter provides a detailed code and explanation of ineligibility

  • GL-1801-5; You do not appear to meet the first area of consideration specified in the job announcement. However, we have accepted your application and may review it if a selection is not made from the first area of consideration. If upon later review we find that you are eligible and referred or ineligible, we will notify you.
  • GL-1801-7; You do not appear to meet the first area of consideration specified in the job announcement. However, we have accepted your application and may review it if a selection is not made from the first area of consideration. If upon later review we find that you are eligible and referred or ineligible, we will notify you.

If you have questions regarding this message, please use the contact information listed in the vacancy announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE. IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

Translation of NOR Codes

CodeExplaination
IQIDYou are ineligible because you do not meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements for this series/specialty/grade combination
(This notice means that the candidate did not have enough education, experience, or both, to qualify for the position. The candidate did not proceed in the process.)
ELOCYou do not appear to meet the first area of consideration specified in the job announcement. However, we have accepted your application and may review it if a selection is not made from the first area of consideration. If upon later review we find that you are eligible and referred or ineligible, we will notify you.
(Candidates who were not included in the first 1,000 female-only eligible candidates that proceeded to testing received this notice. Candidates in this category were not reviewed. They may, or may not, be found qualified later and referred for testing should the program decide to test another group of candidates from this announcement.)
IOSSYou were not considered for this position because of the answers you provided to one or more of the suitability questions.
(Candidates who answered "YES" concerning certain questions involving security, or answered "NO" to the ability to do some job requirements, were automatically made ineligible to continue. They were not evaluated further.)
IQTRYou are ineligible to proceed in the hiring process because you did not attain the overall minimum score on the required assessments for this position
(Individuals who took the proctored examination and did not meet the overall minimum score are not continuing to the certificate, or selection phase, of the process.)
IODLYou were not considered because you indicated that you do not possess or are not able to obtain a valid driver's license.
(Having a driver's license is a requirement for this position. Inability to obtain a license prior to entrance on duty for the position results in removal from further consideration.)
PAYou must complete additional assessments to be considered for this position.
(Candidates in the process of testing may receive this notice.)
IQWAYou were not considered because you did not obtain a sufficient score on the written assessment
(Candidates who did not pass the writing assessment receive this ineligible code.)

Frequently Asked Questions

I received a notice that says I am not within the first area of consideration. What does this mean?

As stated in the Direct Hire Announcement postings, only the first 1000 qualified candidates to apply would be eligible to take the ICE Special Agent Battery and Writing Sample online assessments and receive further consideration. The Direct Hire announcements had funding to test 1,000 candidates per announcement. Applications were ranked in receipt order, and the first 1,000 qualified applicants proceeded to testing. If you received this notice, you did not make it into the testing group.

After I received the notice that I am ineligible, I then received another notification indicating that I needed to take an assessment and that the assessment had been completed. But I never took an assessment. What does this notification mean?

This was an automated message to notify ineligible candidates that no further action was required.

I answered a question incorrectly by accident and screened myself out of the hiring process. Is there anything that can be done?

No, answers cannot be altered after the close of the announcement. You will need to reapply to a future announcement.

What should I provide during the medical examination?

 

To learn more about what happens after you apply to ICE, and to read frequently asked questions, visit here.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/11/2019