How can you apply for Border Patrol?

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usa-mapNow that you are convinced that you should apply for border patrol, the next question that you are eager to ask is most likely this one: How can I apply for border patrol jobs? Well read on because we will tackle that in this post.

You will know if the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is hiring because the CBP website will tell you that there are open positions. As of this writing for instance, the CBP is accepting applications for entry level Border Patrol agents for the Southwest border. The full job announcement for any vacancies in the CBP is also posted in the USA Jobs (www.usajobs.gov) website. The government hiring process and especially the USA Jobs website can be a bit confusing but don’t worry about that as there is an easier way. The border patrol registration package for sale on this site will walk you through the job search process and simplify everything. If you can follow a few simple steps then you will be able to apply. Even better, the border patrol registration package will show you how to find out about jobs that other candidates won’t even know about. So it’s a real advantage to use the registration guide as you get started applying for the U.S. Border Patrol.

The registration guide will show you how to search for specific positions like CBP Officer, Agriculture Specialist, Marine Interdiction Agent, CBP Pilot, Import Specialist and many others. You will be able to find out when and where those positions are being filled. You can even have alerts set up to send you an email when a job of interest is about to be announced.

The next step to apply for the border patrol is to read the entire CBP job announcement carefully. It gives an overview, the duties, qualifications and evaluations, benefits, and how to apply. This can be tricky for the normal applicant but with the border patrol registration package there are checklists for applying which make the process much easier.

The most common forms that will be required are your resume and transcript (if you are using education to qualify for the announcement). You will want to make sure that your resume and transcript are formatted for federal jobs – if you haven’t done this before then you can either do research online on how to create a federal resume or you can use the template supplied in the Border Patrol Registration Package found on this site.

If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), you will be asked to include a separation notice; SF-50B; current (or a last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. If you don’t know what any of this means then don’t worry about it at this time – when you go through the Border Patrol Registration Package it will tell you if you qualify for special priority selection. If you do, then there is a detailed and easy to follow section on how to fill out and submit the proper forms to apply.

For those who have already been tentatively selected and are claiming veterans’ preference, you will be asked to submit your DD-214 or Certificate of Release or Discharge as proof of your eligibility to claim these points. If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must include Standard Form 15 and the proof requested on the back of the Form together with your application. Again, this is covered in more detail in the Border Patrol Registration Package.

Applicants may also be required to include other forms in their application such as the OF-306 or “Declaration of Federal Employment” and the Border Patrol Agent Agreements.

Third, make sure that you have a USAJOBS account so that you can start the application process. Registration is free. Follow the instructions in the Border Patrol Registration Package carefully when you apply so that your application will be considered. Be sure to attach all required documents. If there is a pre-test questionnaire that must be answered, take the time to fill it in. This is all covered in your Registration Package.

Once you have successfully sent your application, you will be scheduled for a written exam. You also need to pass this (get a score of at least 70) so that you will get the chance to become tentatively selected for the job. While a passing score is 70, it is important to score much better on the exam. Your goal should be to score in the 90’s because the higher scores are called in first.

Your registration package has everything you need to get started including several complete practice exams. Taking your practice exams in advance gives you a real advantage in the process – so make sure to do those first.

Failure to pass the entrance exam means you will have to wait for another year before you can take the test again. So doing well on the exam the first try is critical. This is why the practice exams in your registration package are the latest most up to date border patrol practice tests for sale today.

If you are among those who will be tentatively selected for the job, you will undergo a formal hiring process. All newly-hired Border Patrol Agents will be sent to train at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. Once you complete the Border Patrol Academy, you will be sent to your first duty-station.