Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Careers and Training Requirements

1) A bachelor's degree is required by ICE, so earn your degree before applying. A Criminal Justice or Homeland Security degree is desirable. These are common degrees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE agents).
2) Review the additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent job requirements below to make sure you qualify.
3) Hiring of ICE agents is done through Special Agent in Charge (SAC) offices located throughout the United States. You'll need to contact the SAC in your city to request application material and to go through the hiring process. The SAC contact information can be found at www.ice.gov/careers/index.htm.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Careers and Salary

Immigration inspectors interview people seeking entry into the United States. Customs inspectors enforce the laws governing imports and exports by inspecting cargo, baggage, ships, vehicles, trains and aircraft entering and leaving the U.S. Working environments range from airports and train stations to federal facilities (like correction centers) and field work.

The primary duties of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, also referred to as ICE Agents, are to enforce customs and immigration laws, and to protect federal facilities and commercial airlines. Immigration Enforcement Agent responsibilities also include such duties as the apprehension, processing, detention and deportation of illegal or criminal aliens.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for immigration and customs enforcement agents, which falls under the category of police and detectives is $56,980. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Qualifications to Become an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent

Educational requirements for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent include a bachelor's degree in any subject. However, common degrees for Immigration Agents are criminal justice or homeland security degrees. You must have resided in the United States three of the last five years and be a United States citizen. You must be under 40 years old and must have work experience— preferably with the federal government—pass a written test, a background check, a physical exam and possess a valid driver's license.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent - ICE Agent basic instuction at one of the many district centers across the country is mandatory. In basic training, new hires learn everything from immigration law and police techniques to Spanish language skills.

If you enjoy a fast-paced, challenging and ever-changing work environment, then a career as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent might be your best bet. Help welcome newcomers to the U.S. while keeping criminals out. Learn more about becoming an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent by checking the ICE website. Then request information from our affiliated colleges and universities offering a range of criminal justice, homeland security and other related degrees. To read more about other immigration jobs click here.

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