bsahni wrote:I wonder if alternates got a different e-mail than first round picks…
Did everybody's read like this:
Congratulations! You have been selected as a finalist by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ). OCIJ selects a robust number of finalists due to the need to staff geographically dispersed Immigration Courts. Some finalists are geographically limited (i.e., are only willing to work in a few specific locations). As EOIR issues offers, it attempts to allow the candidate to select a location from his or her top choices geographically. It is an unfortunate reality that some locations are perceived as more desirable than others, so it will not take long before EOIR-OCIJ reaches a candidate near the top of its list who is only willing to go to one or two cities which another candidate already selected. At that point, the candidate becomes an alternate for those two cities. Due to the guidelines relating to the timing of offers specified by the National Association of Law Placement, it is not unusual for EOIR-OCIJ to wait two weeks after issuing an offer only to receive a declination; then issue an offer to another candidate, wait another two weeks, and again receive a declination; thus requiring OCIJ to reach out to a third candidate. This means that the hiring process for EOIR-OCIJ can be quite lengthy. To the extent that candidates respond to offers more quickly, the process can be expedited. If you have a deadline relating to another offer and need to ascertain your status with OCIJ, please contact EOIR directly. Good luck to all!
That's what mine looked like.