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  • When initially applied to the announcement Buffalo NY was available but Ofcourse we all know that was couple years ago and the world has turned in many ways since then due to Covid. I’m just really hoping if and when I get through the final stages Buffalo is available because that literally is the only port I am interested in.

    good luck to all!

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    • Does anyone know how the preclearance program works? Like if I wanted to choose a preclearance location in a different country am I allowed to or is that a whole separate application process?

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      • DiverB72
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        You would be better off asking on the OFO forum on Delphi forums. Lots of preclearence questions and answers over there

      • merlin436
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        The chances of being hired directly into any preclearance location are basically zero...if that's the question. Virtually everyone working preclearance is an internal transfer with years of experience.

      • ES90
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        PC announcements will show up on USAJobs and only experienced Officers are considered. I've never noticed if they're labeled internal to the agency when they're posted.

    • 19-9 VRA
      tent offer: july 2019
      SI: aug 2019
      poly july 2021
      drug test july 2021
      background: sep 2021
      TSU ref: aug 4th 2021 awaiting final offer.
      how long after referral to TSU do you get called for academy (Q for those that already got the call)
      everyone else, be patient, itll come
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      Last edited by Leozhang6217; 11-09-2021, 11:41 PM.

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      • I completed everything in June and that’s also when my background cleared so I’m assuming I was referred to Tsu sometime in June/July and I’m still waiting for the final call

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        • I just got the call for polygraph examination on December 8th, 2021. I waited 2 years to have mine scheduled (in case anyone else is waiting for their call & wants an estimate of how long they have to wait). My question is, how is the process after polygraph examination? Is it still very slow or very fast?
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          17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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        • I did drug test a week? after my poly n BI 2 months after. Got referred to TSU last month. Now just waiting for final offer. 19-9 here. A lot of ppl that got referred in may got called this month

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          • I’m still waiting for poly as well. 2.5 years since my SI. Case manager just keeps telling me they backed up and I have to keep waiting.

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            • N_lass
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              Your case manager contacted you more than one time? I got called once during covid in April 20. Person said they saw me in cue waiting for poly but the center was backed up as the academy classes are slow moving through fletc. I haven't heard anything since. I been waiting since April 19 for poly. 19-6 NYC I am sure its moving a little bit quicker but I'm curious how people with announcement numbers after mine got through their process faster than me. Doesn't seem to be very organized how they are doing things.

            • hopefulfedle
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              Apply for BPA. I finished the process as a CBPO within a year because I was already in the BPA process.

          • N_lass
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            N_lass
            They never contacted me. I emailed them every time. And got the same response. That it’s backed up and I’m going to be contacted when being scheduled.

            honestly I think it’s going by which GS level you qualified for. I qualified for GS5. However, I’ve been seeing people in other groups on FB get hired. Mostly GS7 or GS9. So I’m guessing they going to do those first. Then get down to GS5. I don’t know honestly. That’s the trend I’m seeing. I’m 19-2 and I applied in Nov 2018. so this is crazy long wait. I’m hoping that since borders are opening up more. That they will hire more officers for all pay bands. But who knows.

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            • Question,

              I qualified for GS5.
              From my understanding to qualify for GS9 you need to have law enforcement background?
              if so, I’ve always seen online how people say if you word your resume the right way you will qualify for GS9?

              if that’s the case what’s the qualification for GS7?
              I know it’s online but sometimes it’s a little subjective. The interpretation.
              map how is it really?

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              • merlin436
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                One can qualify for a GS-09 based solely on education...I believe.

                The qualifications are usually pretty straight forward and often vary by announcement. The key, as always, is the résumé. Those hiring folks interpret résumés religiously and they aren't known for drawing outside the lines.

              • lacpddpoi
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                if you are going by education then you qualify for GS7 with a bachelor's degree and GS9 with a master's in certain fields like criminology.
                I know someone who qualified for GS9 with a background in private security because his resume showed he did law enforcement related tasks while working side by side with CBP

              • merlin436
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                inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status

                Experience must demonstrate the ability to apply specialized knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, state or federal levels that included dealing with persons suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.

                OR compliance/regulatory work

                Experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop, and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with, or in violation(s) of laws, rules, or regulations.


                That appears to be the GS-07 qualifications. Or at least was the qualifications at one point.
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                Last edited by merlin436; 11-14-2021, 09:39 PM.

              • V_AntCBP
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                Mike2686
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                Mike2686 Bachelor degree in any field with gpa 3.0 or higher would qualify you a GS7, master degree in criminology field and/or atleast 2 years experience in law enforcement would qualify you for GS9,or a veteran would also qualify you gs9. you mentioned you have been in process since 2018, Idk I would want to reapply and risk they are pushing my app back of the line... if anything, wait till after polygraph to reapply for higher GS man, your polygraph is near... A friend of my (gs5) 19-3 just took polygraph... good luck man,

            • V_AntCBP
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              V_AntCBP
              very true.
              I’ll wait til then.
              mom hoping with borders opening they will hire more and faster so we will see. I’ll wait for that poly!
              just like ya friend.

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              • merlin436
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                In reality, the difference between a GS-05 and a GS-09 is two years working. One question to be asked is losing the seniority of being hired much quicker worth a potential few thousand in extra money. That seniority pays for many perks over the years, like bid shifts and annual leave bids.

                I wouldn't want to be the GS-11 working midnights and having to take vacation in February while the handful of GS-07s hired two weeks ahead of me work day shifts and vacation in July because they have two weeks seniority on me.

            • merlin436
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              merlin436 seniority would be something I’d be interested in knowing how it works.I am a current federal employee. I am approaching 5 years of service already. I know we keep out sick time and vacation. But I know we keep our EOD date, but in regards to shift bids and stuff I wonder if it helps

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              • merlin436
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                Seniority...as defined by the CBA.

                "(1) For GS-1895 CBP Officers, the total time an employee has served as a GS-1895 CBP Officer, including Canine and Enforcement, and any time served as a Customs Inspector in the heritage U.S. Customs Service or as an Immigration Inspector in the heritage Immigration and Naturalization Service, including Canine and Enforcement. For GS-401 CBP Agricultural Specialists, the total time the employee has served as a GS-401 CBP Agricultural Specialist, including Canine, and any time served as a PPQ Officer, including Canine, in
                the heritage Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

                (2) In the event it is necessary to resolve ties after step (1), the total time an employee has served in CBP and heritage agency, regardless of position, will be used. For example, the time a current GS-1895 CBP Officer spent as a PPQ Officer at APHIS will count towards seniority in this step.

                (3) In the event it is necessary to resolve ties after step (2), the total time in Federal government service (i.e., SCD) will be used.

                (4) In the event it is necessary to resolve ties after step (3), the methodology provided by the local NTEU Chapter President for the port of entry will be used. Such methodology shall be provided prior to the bid cycle each year. Absent identification, the default methodology will be a random process determined by CBP. Less than full-time employment will be credited for seniority purposes in accordance with the above on a pro-rated basis."


                As a practical matter with regards to shift bids and annual leave bids prior federal employment really only matters as a tiebreaker. CBP issues are resolved usually with time in job series. OPM issues are usually resolved by total federal times...so you'd keep those advantages.
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                Last edited by merlin436; 11-18-2021, 08:39 AM.

            • So apparently the hiring center is not giving any final offer calls for now because all academy dates up until March 2022 have been filled. Idk if this is true but it’s what I heard just curious if anyone had heard any other news or has any other updates?
              thanks!

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            • Anybody else got a new tab in their Applicant portal saying “Master”?

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            • For those who are from NY and took their polygraph in PA. Did you stay overnight? If so, any recommendation on what hotel to stay at.

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              • shades0132
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                Yes, stayed overnight. The key with the poly is to be relaxed, open, and honest with the investigator. I'd suggest staying at a hotel close to the location of the poly. This way you are not rushed and you have time to relax.

            • 20-4 Just got BI cleared and all steps completed! Really nervous about locations! Anyone else completed all steps from 20-4?

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              • V_AntCBP
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                BlueLou
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                BlueLou yea unless you are a vet, you can forget about Dallas... Florida is extremely rare now too... I know a couple new hires got Miami but that was 1.5yrs ago... what I did was came up with the list of locations (10-15) from most to lesser fav.....then when they call, I just went down the list...do you have this...that....I ended picking my 9th or 10th on my list if I remember correctly...lol

              • BlueLou
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                That 1.5 year stop is what I'm looking at. From what I gather here in the airport they were going to get more until covid hit and they stopped. Travel here is pretty much prepandemic level so I'm hopeful they will pick up where they left off. No idea on how the port or the rest of the state is.

                Btw... do you know how long the wait is to transfer out to somewhere in Florida from a land border?
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                Last edited by BlueLou; 12-13-2021, 08:35 AM.

              • V_AntCBP
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                Depending on which land border poe you are picking.... it could take years to get out, especially to FL... My suggestion is to prepare staying at your pick for at least 3 to 5 years... Having said that, there are ways to get out sooner, find a swap, Pre clearance, Fletc, I want to eventually go back to FL too... and its probably thru pre clearance....
                I know its all personal preference, but for me, since I couldn't pick my desire poe, I picked an airport...I prefer airport over land borders.... which port you are thinking?
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              • BlueLou
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                Blaine, WA
                San Francisco
                Just saw they added Honolulu.... that might be interesting.
                It will be tough choice moving the wife and twin 1 year olds to a "not safe" area.

                What is pre clearance? I want to google that one.



                *Edit* just looked at Honolulu on realtor.com. Forget that one lol
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                Last edited by BlueLou; 12-14-2021, 09:57 AM.

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