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Immigration and Customs Inspectors - 33-3021.05

O*NET-SOC Description

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Canine Enforcement Officer (K-9 Enforcement Officer)
  • Customs Inspector
  • Customs Officer
  • Customs Port Director
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO)
  • Import Specialist
  • Inspector
  • Special Agent
  • Supervisory CBP Officer
  • US Customs and Border Protection Officer (US CBPO)

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-3000 Law Enforcement Workers
33-3020 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
33-3021.00 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
33-3021.05 Immigration and Customs Inspectors

Related Occupations


  • Collect samples of merchandise for examination, appraisal, or testing.
  • Detain persons found to be in violation of customs or immigration laws and arrange for legal action, such as deportation.
  • Determine duty and taxes to be paid on goods.
  • Examine immigration applications, visas, and passports and interview persons to determine eligibility for admission, residence, and travel in the U.S.
  • Inspect cargo, baggage, and personal articles entering or leaving U.S. for compliance with revenue laws and U.S. customs regulations.
  • Institute civil and criminal prosecutions and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of those in violation of immigration or customs laws.
  • Interpret and explain laws and regulations to travelers, prospective immigrants, shippers, and manufacturers.
  • Investigate applications for duty refunds and petition for remission or mitigation of penalties when warranted.
  • Locate and seize contraband, undeclared merchandise, and vehicles, aircraft, or boats that contain such merchandise.
  • Record and report job-related activities, findings, transactions, violations, discrepancies, and decisions.
  • Testify regarding decisions at immigration appeals or in federal court.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
  • Detain suspects or witnesses.
  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
  • Inform others about laws or regulations.
  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards.
  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Customs Import Specialist
  • Customs Inspector
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Opener-Verifier-Packer, Customs
  • Special Agent, Customs