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  • Hows it going everyone? First post here. I applied to 18-4 direct hire GS9. Has anyone received an offer or met with BI yet from 18-4? Also Id love to help anyone with what I can since there was little info for me throughout my process so far.

    Best,
    Customs Border Protection
    18-4 GS9 DH 18-7 GS9 VRA
    TSL 2/23/18
    Equip 3/15/18
    Medical 3/17/18
    PFT1 3/27/18
    SI 3/30/18
    Poly 6/15/18
    BI interview 8/7/18
    Drug/EOD???

    Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (out of state applicant)
    Written/VPAT 9/26/18
    Interview 9/27/18
    BI/ Live Scan 9/28/18
    Poly 9/29/18
    Ride Along(norwalk)/ MCJ 11/??/18
    Case Disposition Added to File 2/9/19
    In House BI Visit 2/19/2018
    Conditional Offer Accepted 3/26/18
    Psych 4/1/19
    Medical 4/10/19

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    • cs333
      cs333 commented
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      Got verbal confirmation i Passed the SI !
      Last edited by cs333; 07-17-2018, 12:28 PM.

    • d2ep
      d2ep commented
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      @ hal yeah he called me last week to schedule it for tomorrow.

    • eurb
      eurb commented
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      d2ep congrats on meeting with your BI! Im still waiting to meet with mine. I reached out to the person who told me my background was being initiated and was told its up to the BI to reach me. Still waiting and hoping to meet him before august 15th which is when i move from miami

    • d2ep
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      @ eurb Thanks man! Yeah finished meeting with him earlier. It took about 2 hours. Lot less scarier then Poly. LOL!! I am glad thats over. Now on to drug test and the magical Call.

  • Just an update. Recertified my eqip and has already been released to opr. So hopefully bi investigator will contact me soon.

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    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      Hopefully Hal I wonder how many people are in the process

    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      Is it still showing the 3 dots on yours ? Mine is

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      Mine is as well. Just waiting for cass to update now.

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      I'm complete up till Bi. Just had to recertify.

  • I’m at 63% still waiting to meet with the BI and the drug test and just recently I saw 3 dots on the final offer. Anyone know what that means?
    Last edited by Jgonz383; 07-16-2018, 07:29 PM. Reason: I applied to announcement 18-3

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    • eurb
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      @trellio i think mine had an empty circle when you first log on underneath the green check marks. Ive always had 3 dots when i opened the final offer. maybe I just noticed them.

    • N.N.
      N.N. commented
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      The three dots is just a programming/aesthetics update in CASS for anything that's still pending. I'm pending polygraph and final offer and both have three dots.

    • eurb
      eurb commented
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      ahh the update, makes sense. thanks

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      Same here with me

  • I applied back in December 2017 only waiting on the BI and drug test. Couple weeks ago I was told my application has progressed to the personnel security process.

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    • Jgonz383
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      eurb yes 18-3 as a direct hire and I have not been scheduled to meet with the BI it’s been a little over a month since I passed the poly so hopefully I get scheduled to meet the BI soon. They told me once it passes through the personnel security process that it won’t be long before I am contacted to schedule a meeting with the BI

    • eurb
      eurb commented
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      Jgonz383 same here I passed my poly on 6/15 and and today is the 7/19. I was notified about two weeks ago that the BI had started so Im also just eager to meet with the investigator and move forward.

    • Jgonz383
      Jgonz383 commented
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      eurb how do you know when the BI has started? Do they email you to let you know? Last time I emailed to ask they told me it has progressed to the personnel security process not sure how long that will take but that was 2 weeks ago when they told me that. Since then I have not received anything regarding my background. Hope to get started on it soon.

    • eurb
      eurb commented
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      Jgonz383 I was reached by a company called GDIT(general dynamics) , someone emailed me telling me that my BI had been initiated and that the actual Background investigator would call or email me to schedule an interview. its been 3 weeks since i got that email and no one has called. But you will know. I have a friend at the academy who applied a couple of months before I did, and he confirmed the same thing, He said it was aprox one month after that email when the BI actually scheduled an interview. As you can tell everyones timeline varies. I emailed that first point of contact and all she said was she had no idea, it was up to the BI to meet you since they have more than one investigations going at a time .hope this helps, and hop ewe both get called soon

  • Anyone have experience on not being cleared due to vision?

    I have my medical on 7/24/18 but I'm worried since my uncorrected vision is horrendous, way over 20/100...

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    • N.N.
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      I don't have personal experience with vision issues, but I can tell you that tons of people have posted that they were 'sure' they failed the vision tests, even some that knew for a fact they were worse than 20/100, and they still received clearance. They may ask for some additional testing, i.e. going to a private optometrist or something, but in general it seems very rare that people are medically DQ'd for any reason. With 75% of people failing the poly, I think CBP tries to make it as easy as possible to get thru the other steps.

  • Well, I just missed my interview & I am sick to my stomach. They pushed my interview forward 2 days with a week’s notice. I scrambled to find coverage at my job and end up missing it due to Houston traffic. What started off as a 25 minute drive turned into an hour and 15 minutes.
    CBPO 18-11
    Preferred Duty Location: El Paso, TX
    5/04/18: Exam
    5/09/18: NOR
    6/29/18: Fitness Test
    6/29/18: Medical Evaluation
    7/02/18: Fitness Cleared
    7/05/18: Medical Cleared
    7/13/18: E-QIP Submitted
    8/07/18: E-QIP Rejected & Resubmitted (Added FS-545)
    8/13/18: E-QIP Rejected & Resubmitted (Added Documentation of Mother's Citizenship)
    8/15/18: E-QIP Released to OPR
    8/15/18: Structured Interview & Fingerprints
    3/10/19: Polygraph

    Drug Test: Pending

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    • N.N.
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      They should have given you a phone number for your interview site, did you call them and tell them you were running late? Did you go in and talk with a supervisor after you did arrive and try and explain? It’s CBP supervisors doing the SI’s, they definitely want to get people hired and are generally pretty accommodating.

    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      Ouch. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully they reschedule

    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      Hopefully they can reschedule his interview. But I’m not sure how they would see that as.

    • Tremellio
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      Sorry for the late response. I called and they told me I would have to reapply under the new 18-11 announcement. I reapplied yesterday morning and got an email this morning saying my new interview date is scheduled for August 15th at 11:15 AM. God is Good.
      Last edited by Tremellio; 07-18-2018, 06:10 PM.

  • How were you guys able to update your status to the forum?

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    • TheMaligator
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      You mean their signatures?

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      No I mean status from cass.

  • Just did my medical here in Houston, i was nevous as hell since im 70% va disability and hearing is one of them, the lady and the doc kept telling me to calm that i pass the hearing and vision. I didnt have to do the pt yet, and have my si on aug 14th

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    • Hi, everyone, I'm new here. I just applied last week 18-10, and will have my exam on Thursday. Any tips for preparing the exam? How long will you get your exam score? Normally, what's the next step after exam?

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      • Jones415
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        duocbpo Yes EQIP is for later, but is one of the first things you complete. BI investigation doesn’t start until after Poly. What location are you going for?

      • duocbpo
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        Jones415, thanks a lot. Actually, I'm looking for Atlanta, GA location if it'll be available when I get that point. So far, I think I only have options like SF, and other locations that I'm not familiar with. Can we negotiate locations for final offer?

      • duocbpo
        duocbpo commented
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        Jones415 I also heard that it's tough to live in SF because of the living cost. So, I guess I have to be open with locations...lol

      • Jones415
        Jones415 commented
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        duocbpo Yeah I'm pretty sure all announcements now are location negotiable. I am 17-6 announcement which wasn't, so wherever you chose was whereto were going unless you reapplied.

        I am from SF, and I'll tell you it's expensive as heck! But also sooo much to do there and an overall awesome place to live.

    • Hey guys, I already received my EOD dates and academy dates. I have question. I elected on the provisional clearance. I have nothing to worry about my background. I met with my background investigator a month and a half ago. Are they supposed to call us to say they have finished the background and have sent it in? I haven’t heard anything back at all.

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      • TheMaligator
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        Check on the phone app

      • David22
        David22 commented
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        CASS says “ in progress” which has been the same for a long time already, even before I even met the BI.

      • MalcolmX1233
        MalcolmX1233 commented
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        They never called me back. It said in progress for a long time then finally went to completed.

    • BPA 18-3
      I just took the Poly, the horror stories are true. I “didn’t pass” one section that I obviously told the truth on. My results will be sent to be reviewed. This poly thing is complete bs. How are you supposed to admit to something you’ve never done, get interigated for something you’ve never done, and then get failed because you don’t have anything to admit?!? I’m so over this ridiculous hiring process. Anyone ever receive a verbal didn’t pass and then find out a few weeks later that you actually did pass (I’m trying to be optimistic here...)?

      Rant over

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      • Nycguy718
        Nycguy718 commented
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        4th time for a poly? That’s annoying.

      • Armymed03
        Armymed03 commented
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        Took it in the Dallas area earlier this week. Thinking back, I was getting bored and fidgety going into hour 3 of the polygraph (sitting nearly motionless for most of that time). I am a smoker and wanted a cigarette around that time. Maybe that affected the results. I’ll just redo it again when the time comes with an as positive as can be attitude I suppose.

      • d2ep
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        @armymed Yea that could be the reason. My examiner told me not to move at all. I was moving my finger in the beginning he got mad!

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        I took mine twice. First time was like an intarigation from start to finish. Told i failed because i was cheating the system. Ummmm ok. Took 2nd time and examiner said he seen issues and no signs of disseption and passed me.

    • Hello everyone. I applied for 18-6 VRA. Cleared my SI June 30th. I am now waiting for my polygraph like many applicants. I looked at the waiver requirements and I qualify. I tried to contact someone in hopes that they can get me through the waiver process, so I'm not waiting to set up an appointment I don't need. Unfortunately, I don't know how fast that will be and I was offered a job with a police department that I may end up taking. Everything else moved relatively fast, so I'm hoping this isn't the step that drags on. Has anyone else been able to get a waiver?

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      • cs333
        cs333 commented
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        Agreed with ninja all depends how much more if any you want this job compared to the PD job

      • TheMaligator
        TheMaligator commented
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        Did you try contacting the polygraph team? I’m sure they’d know how to get your waiver. I’m 18-7 VRA and I’m still waiting on my polygraph to be scheduled as well. I sure hope it doesn’t take too much longer. I still have almost a year in active duty remaining but I’d like the call so I know I have a job

      • JJ221
        JJ221 commented
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        My waiver took about a month to get approved. My contact was psdpolywaivers@cbp.dhs.gov

      • rhe.trev
        rhe.trev commented
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        Thank you all for your input. I'm leaning towards working as a police officer, but I'm still going to contact someone regarding the polygraph. Thank you JJ221 for the email. I wish you all the best!

    • Quick question, is there anyone here who a recent college grad? Seems that most people posting or commenting are moving from another line of work such as military or police work.
      Last edited by LouieK; 07-18-2018, 10:35 AM.

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      • SimpleLifeCA
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        epesguerra Hello sir I just wondering how do you round up your GPA to 3.0? I also have a undergrad GPA of 2.97 and I'm really kicking myself for not qualify for GS 7

      • Jerseyboy94
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        According to federal guild lines to qualify for S.A.A your GPA has to be a 3.0 they count the last two years of your undergrad and see if it adds up to a 3.0 or they do the entire 4 years which ever final GPA falls at 2.95 you are rounded up to 3.0, if you have a final GPA of 2.94 you are not rounded off to a 3.0. If you want just reapply again and select GS7, you will get it. You qualify base of your GPA because it is a 3.0 , 2.97 is rounded off to a 3.0.

      • epesguerra
        epesguerra commented
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        SimpleLifeCA, what Jersey said. I applied for GS5, but I also checked the box to be considered for GS7 so I was selected for both.

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        Same here. I qualified for both.

    • Do any of y’all know how the promotion process is to go from Cbpo to marine interdiction agent ? Once you get on ?

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      • stanford.west
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        marine is a different job and you will need vessel license and then apply for the job through usajobs as current employee.. but will have to be after probation period if you want to keep time in grade.

      • boconnor
        boconnor commented
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        It's also a different academy. Not a promotion

    • So i did my medical yesterday and received a email from client services administrator at comprehensive health services today asking me 5 questions on my va disabilities so they can push my exam through to they medical review board

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      • N.N.
        N.N. commented
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        Yes, CHS takes a couple of days to get your file together and they submit everything to the CBP Medical Review Unit. That's where the big wait starts, most people are waiting 2-3 months for their initial review, then if they request additional info/testing, it's about that same wait period again. I had to wait 2.5 months before they reviewed mine and requested additional info.

      • Hou33guy
        Hou33guy commented
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        Oh wow that sucks

      • N.N.
        N.N. commented
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        Yes, Med review is really the part that’s slowing down the process for most people these days, it’s getting even worse than the wait for the poly. The plus is, almost everybody gets cleared, it just takes forever.

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