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Minnesota is a border state and as such the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency seeks to keep it secure. Border Patrol Agents work to ensure that the border it shares with Canada will not be made by terrorists and illegal aliens as entry points to the United States. They also see to it that weapons, smuggled items and other contraband are not able to gain entry into the U.S. through these borders.
Minnesota has seasonal border stations which open only in the summer from May to September. At this time, there is an increased influx of summer tourists crossing the U.S. and Canada which require more Border Patrol Agents. These seasonal border stations are located in Crane Lake and Ely. The other ports of entry in Minnesota are open year-round and are located in Baudette, Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, Grand Portage, International Falls, Lancaster, Minneapolis-(Service Port), Pinecreek, Rochester-(User Fee Airport), Roseau, and Warroad.
For Minnesota Border Patrol jobs, you need to be quick and ready all the time. You have to see to it that you are physically capable of performing the job of a border patrol agent which is rigorous and demanding. The hours are long and you could find yourself in dangerous situations as well especially when you’re trying to apprehend illegal entrants. You need to be dedicated to law enforcement if you want to be a Border Patrol Agent in Minnesota.
So what are the basic requirements to apply? To qualify, you need to 1) Possess U.S. Citizenship; 2) Be under 40 years old at the time of application and become a Border Patrol Agent before your 40th birthday; 3) Be a resident of the U.S. and its territories or protectorates for the past three years; 4) Have a bachelor’s degree if qualifying for education or one year work experience that shows your capacity to make rational decisions even under intense pressure and even in the face of danger; and 5) Pass the background investigation. The CBP will check your employment, credit, and criminal histories and any derogatory record found could render you unsuitable to become a Border Patrol Agent. In particular, any conviction of a crime involving domestic violence is a disqualifier since you will not be able to carry a firearm if you have been convicted. You are a law enforcement officer if you become a Border Patrol Agent and will thus need to carry a weapon. Bad credit history or getting fired from your previous job/s with cause may also disqualify you.
Granting that you pass all the basic requirements to qualify, you still need to pass through the eye of a needle to become part of Minnesota Border Patrol. The Border Patrol Entrance Exam is one of the major challenges that you first need to pass since failing it will mean a postponement of your dream of working for the CBP for another year—the waiting period for those who failed the exam. Passing this written test is important since it will put your name in the inventory and will render you eligible to become tentatively selected for the position.
You still need to hurdle physical fitness tests, drug tests, medical evaluation, polygraph examination, and the oral board before you can be given an offer of employment. Once you do get selected, however, the road just gets tougher. You need to pass the training at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM where you will stay for 58 days. You need to pass all the courses, the Spanish language program, and the physical fitness test before you can be assigned to your first duty station in Minnesota.
If you want to talk to a recruiter so you can have your questions answered, you may call up the CBP recruiter in Grand Forks Sector of which Minnesota is a part at 1-866-430-8120. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.