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  1. Homeland Security Investigations
  2. Careers
  3. How to Apply

How to Apply

How to Apply

HSI offers many exciting career opportunities to serve your country and help identify, investigate and stops criminals, while supporting those victimized by their crimes.

HSI offers many exciting career opportunities to serve your country and help identify, investigate and stops criminals, while supporting those victimized by their crimes.

Find your fit and join our team. You must be a United States citizen to be considered for Federal employment.

Step 1: Research Job Openings

All HSI job announcements are posted on USAJOBS.gov. Search for "Homeland Security Investigations" and select the position you are interested in.

You can also learn about other opportunities within the Department of Homeland Security.

Step 2: Apply

You need a USAJobs.gov account to apply for openings.

Read the vacancy announcement carefully and submit all required documents and assessments by the listed deadline. Apply early. If you have questions about the position, a point of contact is listed under "Agency Contact Information".


Individuals who have served in the military may be entitled to additional consideration. If you are a veteran, please attach a copy of your most recent DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or letter from the Veterans Administration documenting your military service.

  • To claim 5-point veterans' preference, attach a copy of your DD-214.
  • To claim 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.

For more information about your veteran's preference and eligibility, visit FedsHireVets.gov.

5 Page Resume Limit

Resumes are limited to no more than 5 pages. If your resume exceeds 5 pages only the first 5 pages will be reviewed and considered for qualifications and eligibility.

Use the "Saved Searches" feature on USAJobs to receive notifications of new job opportunities via email.

Step 3: Referral & Consideration

After submission of your application, HSI will assess all applications, identify the best qualified applicants and refer those applications to the appropriate hiring managers for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you via email the outcome after each of these steps.

Step 4: Tentative Selection & Security Clearance

If you are selected, you will receive a tentative selection letter with a deadline to respond.

If you accept the tentative offer, you must then complete pre-employment requirements which may vary depending on the position.

All positions require security vetting and drug testing. Your potential position may also require a medical exam, fitness exam or additional testing.

Security vetting takes an average of 3 months to complete, but the process can vary from 2 weeks to 1 year. A tentative selection letter remains tentative until all pre-employment requirements are met for the position.

Step 5: Final Offer & Entry on Duty

Once you have cleared these requirements, a firm job offer will be made. From there, we will schedule your start date and provide you with instructions for your first day.

Helpful Resources

Applying for a government job can be a confusing process. Below are some helpful resources.

Last Updated: 04/22/2024
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