Steps in the Border Patrol Agent Hiring Process

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

To Verify Eligibility Please Click Your State on the Map Below:

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The agency’s hiring process is very thorough but rewarding. Here is the nitty-gritty on what you can expect on your journey towards becoming a border patrol agent:If you are interested in becoming a border patrol agent of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security, follow the steps, be patient, and you can do it!

First: apply to become a border patrol agent through the USAJOBS website. Register for an account here so you can apply and send your application online. Just search using the keywords “border patrol agent” and you will be directed to the job announcement.

Next, read the job announcement carefully and apply. Be sure to follow the requirements and attach the required documents in your application. Carefully draft your resume and review everything before submitting your application.

The Border Patrol Registration Package covers your submittal in detail!

Third, wait for the CBP hiring authorities to contact you via phone or email. Once your qualifications have been reviewed and you qualify, you will be invited to take the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Examination. General abilities, logical reasoning, and language ability testing comprise the entrance test.

If you don’t have great command of the Spanish language – you CAN learn it! Special emphasis is given in this area since most of those caught entering the United States illegally speak only Spanish. You need to get at least 70 on this exam to pass. Follow our steps and you can do great.

Fourth, you will undergo the other steps in the hiring process which include a polygraph exam; background investigation; drug testing; medical requirements; Physical Fitness Screenings; and oral board interviews. The polygraph exam is 4 to 6 hours long and the results will determine your suitability to become a border patrol agent. The background investigation will constitute but is not limited to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name and fingerprint check and a 10-year background investigation.

You must pass the drug screening and medical evaluation before you can be hired. Don’t worry! The CBP will schedule and pay for these exams. There are two Physical Fitness Tests that you must pass before you can be hired. The Pre-Employment Fitness Test 1 is composed of timed tests in these areas: Pushups, sit up, and a step test. About thirty days before you commence work, you will undergo PFT 2 which is composed of a 220-yard run, sit ups, pushups, and a 1.5 mile run. All of these physical requirements are attainable if you’re in decent shape – you can do it!

Perhaps one of the more challenging aspects of getting hired as a border patrol agent is facing the oral hiring board or the OHB. You have to convince them that you have the abilities and other characteristics that will make you a successful border patrol agent.

More than anything else, having the desire to protect our country and the others on your team will drive your success both in interviews and as an agent!