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  • To whoever is still waiting in medical review if it makes any difference, it seems like the new generic response they send out says "reviews can take up to 12 weeks, and sometimes more" which is different from what they used to tell people (8 weeks). For what it's worth though, I'm at 13 weeks and haven't heard anything.

    I would never advise anyone to lie on their medical forms, but just know if you get flagged for medical review, you're looking at a minimum of a 6+ month delay at this point. It's pretty insane.
    Last edited by N.N.; 10-18-2018, 11:49 AM.

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    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      Notice of proposed action letter. It was For an incident that happened when I was 16 drinking under age at a party. Forgot to mention it since it was more than 13 years ago. i think the issue is that I didn’t mention it on my equip. But I honestly forgot about it. I would not try to hide something like that since IMO is not that big of a deal

    • Foxx310
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      @I’m a ninja...Don’t mean to be in your business but was this incident on your record? I ask because you said you didn’t mention it on your equip and didn’t bring it up...so how did they fine out about it?

    • I’m a ninja
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      I got arrested and taken to juvenile hall along with the others. The cops called our parents, and my parents wanted to teach me a lesson so they let me there over night. I was 16 so it’s in my juvenile record I guess. When my investigator asked me about it it took me a while to remember that incident I thought it was a mistake at first. So they asked me to write a nopal about the incident. They told me they will review it and let me know if I could continue in the process.

    • Redwings1993
      Redwings1993 commented
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      Yea, I'm a little over a year waiting on my medical review. It is very annoying. I sometimes wonder if my paperwork is in the trash or something...

  • I'm a ninja, how you doing. I'm doing alright. Just waiting on them to finish up on my background and take drug test. Met bi and submitted my file. Just time to sit back and wait and wait. So what are you up too?

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    • Hal29
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      That is odd. Why would that even be an issue. It wasn't an arrest and happened over 10 years ago. Did you bring it up in poly? That just seems to be such a minor thing. Especially since it happened before adulthood.

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      How long after you met with the investigator did they contact you? Who was the one who contacted you? Opm? It is odd because it was after 10 years or 3 years on their standards and it was a juvenile arrest. Very weird. Did they contact you right ?

    • I’m a ninja
      I’m a ninja commented
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      hal. I never met with investigator yet. They send me an email saying that while they were investigating my background and that came up.

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      Oh ok gotcha.

  • SI and Poly complete, email confirming pass. What’s next? I’m assuming medical papers need to be sent in considering I’m a DV?

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    • Foxx310
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      You took poly today and got the email confirming you passed within a couple of hours? wow! How was poly? I have mine scheduled for this upcoming Thursday. (Taken one before and passed but with a state agency)

    • raptor170
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      Hal29 yea medical was complete on 10/4. Foxx310 SI and Poly was complete on same day, Email was sent today. It wasn’t bad. It was like the Poly with my state agency as well.

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      Did they send an email of passing si or poly? If poly that is the fastest I've ever seen. As for being dv. Your medical is complete so I doubt any further review is needed.

    • raptor170
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      Hal29 yes I got passing emails for both.

  • Redwing what job announcement are you?

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    • raptor170
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      Hal29 yea I thought the same. It was also the fastest polygraph I had taken. I was very impressed with how smooth everything went.

    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      Raptor. How Long did your poly take?

    • raptor170
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      Hal29 I was in and out in 2 hours.

    • Foxx310
      Foxx310 commented
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      raptor170 ...once again did you shower in holy water before walking in or what? lol

  • Hey everyone, first time posting but long time reader.
    I have my SI coming up and I know everyone signs a NDA but can anyone give tips without breaching their agreement.
    This is my last step in my process, as almost everything else transferred over from my border patrol application.
    Thank you

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    • 1RidgeRunner7
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      Piece of cake

    • douglasgene1
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      Paint a picture, including small details. Step by step, every detail matters. ***Also believe in the answer you give***.

    • Gs5183
      Gs5183 commented
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      Thanks everyone, I appreciate it!

    • Monkey12582
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      Go at least 15-30 mins early. Be confident what u you say.

  • Hey guys meet the BI 2 weeks ago.. those who have been though the process already... Avg wait time till completion?

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    • Alexr3496
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      micdrop451 thanks! I'm former military lived in multiple places and Mexico lol...

    • micdrop451
      micdrop451 commented
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      Alexr3496 CBP takes hurry up and wait to another level. Hopefully you'll breeze by.

    • kli0211
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      Hey Alexr3496 a few of us are in the same spot. I met with my BI on Aug 10, investigation submitted “a few days later” and still not a word. I am also prior military and they want all over the place meeting with my prior coworkers, family, and friends from all over. I reached out requesting an update and received a pretty vague response. They started my background investigation in July, so I’m going on about 4 months now.

    • d2ep
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      @ Alex it took me 1 month to get green on CASS for BI after meeting my BI.

  • Hal29 when you got your second poly what did they tell you after your first one ended and how long before they contacted you about your second one.

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    • Foxx310
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      raptor170 I haven’t been in any trouble, I have a clean background besides 3 speeding tickets from high school and of course trying marijuana 5 years ago.

    • micdrop451
      micdrop451 commented
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      raptor170 Same here. Been in my fair share of trouble. However, I'm a new creation in Christ and prayed a lot before my poly. Was in and out in 2 hours with a verbal pass. Went green on CASS the following week.

    • raptor170
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      Foxx310 I’ve had several reckless driving tickets, a prior arrest but never any drugs. I’d still be willing to bet you’ll get a job offer around 15-16 months in the process. When I went through the hiring process the first time, from start to finish was 17 months.

      micdrop451 Praise God! In my opinion the polygraph is the most stressful part. Once you pass that, it all seems downhill.

    • micdrop451
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      raptor170 for me, the most difficult part was the subject meeting with my BI. She was a piece of work. Just a condescending attitude towards me with some needless comments being made. I'm not mad at it though, she seemed miserable.

      BTW, praise God. Wouldn't be this far in life without Him.
      Last edited by micdrop451; 10-23-2018, 09:18 PM.

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    Last edited by Foxx310; 10-22-2018, 03:55 PM.

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    • I was in there for 5 1/2. Repetitive. Ive been in the process almost 14 months now. Getting a little frustrated. I won't lie.

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      • raptor170
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        Hal29. My first Poly with CBP (2015) was almost 7 hours in total. What part of the process are you hung up on now? Also, are you DH or VRA? GS-5-7-9?

      • micdrop451
        micdrop451 commented
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        Hal29 No word on the BI? I'm still waiting on mine to flip green. Haven't met with my BI for a second round. I don't know if that means there were no discrepancies that needed to be discussed as I noticed most 2nd meetings with applicants leads to a NOPA. Only time will tell.

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        Raptor. Background and waiting on drug test. I met my investigator on September 4th and he submitted my file on September 5th. Just waiting for it to turn green. That and just drug test. I'm dh gs7.

    • Hi all. I was also never contacted by BI and shows in CASS as pending but I already got the call. I
      applied 17-10. I was looking for other CBPO with a
      similar EOD and FLETC date. I am
      EOD @JFK 5/1 for CBP and @FLETC 5/15-9/20. I’m nervous Since I was told they don’t contact you about
      more FLETC info until right before and I am
      palnnong on moving my five kids and hubby to the area for the summer. I need to request off campus housing and fee completely lost lol.

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      • mobyfish
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        At my current rate, we may end up with the same EOD and FLETC..

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        They are already into may? Damn.

      • douglasgene1
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        I was reading the academy rules. You cant get off campus housing for the academy. you have to stay in the dorm. Youre family can move there but they have hours you have to be in bed and stuff

      • raudy06
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        damn, May EOD, at this rate im gonna be in by the fall next year. Waiting on BI and drug test. hopefully JFK too.

    • Question? How do they determing if you get provisional clearance? I contacted my case manager to see what was going on. They said opr determined that I would not be granted provisional clearance and I have to wait for a full suitability clearance and that MHC doesn't know fill criteria for provisional. Does anyone know the criteria or reason? I'm 14 months in and doesn't seem like eod will be until late next year seeing they are already in may.

      they determined that after poly.

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      • kli0211
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        Hey Hal29 still can’t believe you haven’t heard anything yet. I feel like they’re just pulling names out of a hat at this point haha. I think I’m just becoming impatient. When I met with my background investigator he said that he regularly interviews people at FLETC who are at training and whose background investigations haven’t been cleared yet. I’m not sure how they are deciding provisional clearance when it’s so inconsistent... I’m also prior military with a current clearance so not sure what the hold up is.
        Last edited by kli0211; 10-23-2018, 03:33 PM.

      • merlin436
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        Agency need.

        Like just about everything else in the hiring process, provisional clearances are designed to benefit the agency under limited circumstances.

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        d2ep, did they notify you of your bi clearing or did it just change on cass?

      • AlexTejada23
        AlexTejada23 commented
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        I was granted provisional clearance then given my EOD for 18-8 Dulles, VA. Leaving in February. I just met with my BI about a few days ago in email and yesterday in person. They are finishing up the investigation with my work and personal reference checks. Neighborhood is also getting done, but that is all that is left per the investigator.

    • They gave me dates in April but I couldn’t go then and they were very accommodating and pushed me
      off to May.

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      • raptor170
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        rachrose77 thats good to hear. Did they offer you a lot of locations? Also are you DH or VRA?

    • The lady said this “we will first list agency critical locations” she went on to offer me some Arizona ports, calico,CA, key west Florida. I believe she would have kept going. But I said no to everything and she said “well I see you live in New York, is there a location that you are interested in.?” I told her that I would really like JFK and she said she could definitely do that for me. My announcement was location negotiable, and the cities listed weren’t all offered. I never applied to any JFK announcements.

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      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        Did you apply to a regular announcement or direct hire?

      • D.Brown
        D.Brown commented
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        border patrol or Protection Officer? Key west airport?

    • Not VRA. I was a teacher and mommy for 15 years. Guess they need females .

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      • raptor170
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        Thats awesome! Im VRA GS 9, debating on doing the provisional clearance so I can EoD sooner! I hope I get a choice at a good location.

    • I'm assuming this "provisional clearance" shortens things up quite a bit. The only catch....if something is discovered in your background on week 10 at the academy....you are then out of a job. Is that correct?

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      • merlin436
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        If you currently have a decent job or you think you might have skeletons in your closet from the past. it's probably best to wait for a completed background. If you have an easily replaceable job and/or you are convinced that you have a squeaky clean past that will unquestionably pass background review...maybe the provisional clearance is for you.

      • Hal29
        Hal29 commented
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        I know I don't have any skeletons in my closet. I would say my job is pretty miserable....lol. I don't care about the provisional so much. More about why I wouldn't meet the requirements. I'm direct hire so I would think that would be critical need since they hurting for Swb. Anyways I just want the process to be over already.

      • merlin436
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        Direct hire announcements, like provisional clearances, are mostly about benefiting the agency...not the applicant. "Critical need" means whatever. MHC will define it as it relates to their needs, CBP HQ will view it as it relates to CBP needs, Field Offices will further break it down to the regional impact and individual ports have their take on it as well. Often, the needs of MHC and the needs of individual ports clash. Many ports prefer to run short-staffed as being short-staffed pretty much guaranteed generous overtime funding.

        Often, it's not about the applicant, it's about the bureaucracy. The cracks within CBP are wide...and lots of people fall through them.

      • douglasgene1
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        depending on what it is, Like if its something the Department can live with they may give you a condition and make you be a snitch for IA (internal affairs). I only say that because when i worked for County we had a female have to do that.

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