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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) supports the employment of veterans in the agency workforce. We actively recruit qualified veterans for positions within the agency. We value the commitment, work ethic and experience that veterans bring to the job, as well as their specialized skills and talents. Currently, veterans compose a significant portion of the ICE workforce.

Most positions within ICE are in the competitive service, and as such, must be applied for under posted current vacancy announcements that are listed on the USAJOBS website.

Veterans can search for intern, Presidential Management Fellows Program and recent graduate opportunities at the ICE Pathways Programs website.

However, depending on dates of service and other factors, veterans may be eligible to apply for positions listed as being open to status candidates or current federal employees, and to eligible individuals under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), in addition to those open to the public or all U.S. citizens.

Other hiring options that may be available include:

**Eligibility for these appointing authorities and/or Veterans’ Preference does not guarantee selection for employment.

  • 30 percent or more disabled veterans appointing authority
  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) appointing authority
  • Schedule A Hiring Authority
  • Veterans Preference

The Office of Personnel Management's Feds Hire Vets website includes more detailed information on veteran’s preference and other information related to veterans applying for federal employment including qualifying dates of service.

For more information on programs for veterans, please contact the ICE Office of Diversity and Civil Rights at (202) 732-0192 or by email at preference.iceveterans@dhs.gov.


ICE is a proud supporter of the Department of Defense's Operation Warfighter Program (OWF). OWF is a temporary assignment/internship program for service members who are convalescing at military treatment facilities. The program provides recuperating service members with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment and offers a formal means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce.

Operation Warfighter is an opportunity for service members on medical hold to build their résumés, explore employment interests, develop job skills, and gain valuable federal government work experience to prepare for their return to the workplace. Participants must be American citizens who are on active duty in the military (including the National Guard and Reserves). They must also fulfill the security clearance requirements set by the office where they intend to work.

OWF participants are placed in ICE host offices based on the needs of the host office and the interests of the OWF participant, and receive extra training as necessary.

While there is no guarantee of employment following the completion of an OWF assignment, service members released from medical hold status are considered potential candidates for full-time employment with ICE, pending separation from the military.

ICE is a proud supporter of the Department of Homeland Security’s Wounded Warrior Program, which recruits and hires severely wounded veterans.

While the program does not guarantee a job, ICE provides veterans the opportunity to interview for available positions without going through the standard competitive process. If selected, ICE makes every effort to place veterans in locations of their choice, often close to their families and support systems.

Congress recently authorized the new Military Spouses Internship Pilot Program, which allows federal agencies to hire military spouses into permanent internships and authorizes the Department of Defense to reimburse those hiring agencies for the first year’s expenses. These expenses include salary, training and benefits costs. Spouses of active duty members may receive consideration for jobs in federal agencies. Many positions are full time with potential for career advancement. Some are portable so spouses can stay with them even if they military spouse is relocated.