Anonymous User wrote:What if you are a citizen, but your spouse has a green card (and was not here legally before you were married) and your in-laws are not in the country legally? Is any federal job out of the question? Obviously I would not be interested in any department involved in enforcing immigration laws. I am talking about something like the IRS.
I'm not going to tell you it's absolutely out of the question. But I would think it would be HIGHLY unlikely. All federal jobs have at least the basic background check which I've mentioned above as being inquisitive of citizenship status, family, and acquaintances (yes, even the IRS, even the ENRD, even the Office of International Affairs which really kinda just does a lot of paper pushing) . Frankly, even the contractors we use (not directly employed by us) have to have security clearance, and I imagine that that is the same check we go through. I understand that you were brought to this country by your parents and therefore did not choose to be uprooted, but if you look at this from the point of view of what are all basically law enforcement agencies (even the IRS), it's going to seem like you continuously broke the law for every day you stayed--I'm obviously not saying that at the age of 18 you should have gone back to a country you did not grow up in and perhaps have zero ties to. But I would find it difficult to believe that that would not be a conflict or a hindrance to your employment, especially given that federal jobs are pretty competitive to begin with. There's going to be hundreds of people probably applying for one spot, many of them from very good schools with very good grades and very good work experience, and almost all of them will have been US citizens for their entire lives. Even if OPM clears you for the first round to be on the list of picks (and this is presuming nothing on the questionaire will trigger the formula which will bar your app from getting to OPM in the first place), once it comes time to do the interview, or once your check begins and this is disclosed, I am not sure they would not just say "not worth the trouble."