GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JesseJames » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:39 pm

JeanFrancois wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:02 pm
JesseJames wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:28 pm
Reasons why i want to be a CBSA Officer

1. Fighting the war against drugs on the front line for our country.
2. Mobility! I am from a small town and this is a fantastic reason to move elsewhere and better myself
3. Fair Pay + Good benefits
4. Family within law enforcement. However, i want to go a new route with the CBSA.
5. Best training in the world for this type of service.

Top 3 places to be posted

1. A small city of ontario, maybe Cornwall or Kingston
2. New Brunswick
3. BC

I live 25 minutes from the rigaud training academy and I always drive past and honestly, it’s quite impressive.
Nice, Where abouts in New Brunswick? I am interested in the land border crossing outside of McAdam, NB. Our places of preference are pretty similiar JJ

I hate drugs, I live 20 minutes from OPC, thats kills me lol.
Maybe to Saint Stephen. But most of New Brunswick just seems like a nice place to live, with much cheaper home costs than ontario.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JesseJames » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:40 pm

JeanFrancois wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:06 pm
JesseJames wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:28 pm
Reasons why i want to be a CBSA Officer

1. Fighting the war against drugs on the front line for our country.
2. Mobility! I am from a small town and this is a fantastic reason to move elsewhere and better myself
3. Fair Pay + Good benefits
4. Family within law enforcement. However, i want to go a new route with the CBSA.
5. Best training in the world for this type of service.

Top 3 places to be posted

1. A small city of ontario, maybe Cornwall or Kingston
2. New Brunswick
3. BC

I live 25 minutes from the rigaud training academy and I always drive past and honestly, it’s quite impressive.
tu parle français? I am taking courses right now; even though I was born in Quebec.
I understand plenty of French. But i will normally answer in English because I don’t have much practice using it in conversation

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zedlinka » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:12 am

JesseJames wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:39 pm
JeanFrancois wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:02 pm
JesseJames wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:28 pm
Reasons why i want to be a CBSA Officer

1. Fighting the war against drugs on the front line for our country.
2. Mobility! I am from a small town and this is a fantastic reason to move elsewhere and better myself
3. Fair Pay + Good benefits
4. Family within law enforcement. However, i want to go a new route with the CBSA.
5. Best training in the world for this type of service.

Top 3 places to be posted

1. A small city of ontario, maybe Cornwall or Kingston
2. New Brunswick
3. BC

I live 25 minutes from the rigaud training academy and I always drive past and honestly, it’s quite impressive.
Nice, Where abouts in New Brunswick? I am interested in the land border crossing outside of McAdam, NB. Our places of preference are pretty similiar JJ

I hate drugs, I live 20 minutes from OPC, thats kills me lol.
Maybe to Saint Stephen. But most of New Brunswick just seems like a nice place to live, with much cheaper home costs than ontario.
Unless you pick off the small communities list, the Atlantic Region is quite difficult to get into.
There were two postings from my wave, and 2 from the other three waves combined. Your best bet is to go in on a small community posting there. do a few years, and one of the older members will likely offer to trade you spaces so they can ride out their last few working years in the peace and quiet.
The opinions expressed by me do not represent the Canada Border Services Agency or the Government of Canada


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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby SeaState90 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:31 am

Has anyone at the security clearance stage received a consent statement (BSF 684) after submitting their security forms? I submitted all my paperwork back in May and I thought I consented to all the required checks at the end of the forms.

I’m assuming that it is routine but I’m interested to know if others have had to fill out the same form at approximately the same time.

Cheers!
CBSA - NS APPLICANT

Applied: Aug ‘18
PAL/RPAL: May ‘18
OTEE: Sept ‘18 Pass
Interview: Feb ‘19 Pass
Psych assessment: March ‘19 Pass
Security paperwork sent: May ‘19
Security interview: Incomplete
PARE: Incomplete
Medical: July ‘19 Pending

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby CaptainMarvel » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:44 am

Hey all, I'll jump in: (thanks Tornelco! lol :thumbsup: )

Reasons why I want to be a CBSA Officer:

1. Interesting work, working alongside like-minded people, pay/benefits, opportunities to advance, etc.
2. Being able to efficiently help people navigate the rules and legislation as well as stopping people who are trying to circumvent it.
3. And hey, the uniform! Big boots, tactical vest, the works! Much preferred over "office attire"/business casual lol.
4. Have family in both CBSA and regular law enforcement so have a good idea of the day to day and what to expect, sounds like my line of work.
5. Working in a job that values good judgement and critical thinking.

Top 3 places to be posted:

1/2/3: All Prairie region, close to home to start but open to travel/relocation.
Applied: 2012
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Applied: Jan 2019
OTEE: Feb 2019 - Passed: Mar 19
Int: TBD

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby CanadianQuackers » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:04 pm

CaptainMarvel wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:44 am
Hey all, I'll jump in: (thanks Tornelco! lol :thumbsup: )

Reasons why I want to be a CBSA Officer:

1. Interesting work, working alongside like-minded people, pay/benefits, opportunities to advance, etc.
2. Being able to efficiently help people navigate the rules and legislation as well as stopping people who are trying to circumvent it.
3. And hey, the uniform! Big boots, tactical vest, the works! Much preferred over "office attire"/business casual lol.
4. Have family in both CBSA and regular law enforcement so have a good idea of the day to day and what to expect, sounds like my line of work.
5. Working in a job that values good judgement and critical thinking.

Top 3 places to be posted:

1/2/3: All Prairie region, close to home to start but open to travel/relocation.
I look forward to seeing you in Secret Invasion, or whatever they decide to title your next biopic.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby CaptainMarvel » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:11 pm

CanadianQuackers wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:04 pm
CaptainMarvel wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:44 am
Hey all, I'll jump in: (thanks Tornelco! lol :thumbsup: )

Reasons why I want to be a CBSA Officer:

1. Interesting work, working alongside like-minded people, pay/benefits, opportunities to advance, etc.
2. Being able to efficiently help people navigate the rules and legislation as well as stopping people who are trying to circumvent it.
3. And hey, the uniform! Big boots, tactical vest, the works! Much preferred over "office attire"/business casual lol.
4. Have family in both CBSA and regular law enforcement so have a good idea of the day to day and what to expect, sounds like my line of work.
5. Working in a job that values good judgement and critical thinking.

Top 3 places to be posted:

1/2/3: All Prairie region, close to home to start but open to travel/relocation.
I look forward to seeing you in Secret Invasion, or whatever they decide to title your next biopic.
Haha Yes Quackers! I am looking forward to the next round of super-films too! :)
Applied: 2012
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Applied: Jan 2019
OTEE: Feb 2019 - Passed: Mar 19
Int: TBD

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby cardken » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:22 pm

General question here,

I am currently am at my last step of the process, i emailed CBSA to verify and they responded that all they're waiting for is my medical results which could take up to 8 weeks to receive. I completed with my family doctor late April.

I am wondering if anyone is in the same boat and/or if you receive confirmation if you've failed/passed a medical.

I use to work as an SBSO, and completed my medical in Toronto where they told me pass/fail right there and then, but this time around completing it with my family doctor I had to send it to their doctor to verify. I don't want to email recruitment again asking my status, i'd feel more relieved to know if anyone has any information to provide and/or if anyone else is in the same boat.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby CanBr19 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 pm

cardken wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:22 pm
General question here,

I am currently am at my last step of the process, i emailed CBSA to verify and they responded that all they're waiting for is my medical results which could take up to 8 weeks to receive. I completed with my family doctor late April.

I am wondering if anyone is in the same boat and/or if you receive confirmation if you've failed/passed a medical.

I use to work as an SBSO, and completed my medical in Toronto where they told me pass/fail right there and then, but this time around completing it with my family doctor I had to send it to their doctor to verify. I don't want to email recruitment again asking my status, i'd feel more relieved to know if anyone has any information to provide and/or if anyone else is in the same boat.
Congrats for being at the last step !

My take is this :

You emailed Recruitment already once about this, do not do it again before 8-10 weeks as they advised you.

Chill out and I bet the result will be fine, just it takes time I guess. Unless your doctor gave you any clue that it may not be OK. But even if they did, nothing YOU can do about it.

Good luck !

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JesseJames » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:29 pm

Two questions for those of you who have already completed these:

For the PARE, do they still require that you print off and get your doctor to fill out a medical form to bring with you to the PARE test? Or can you just book a date and go?

And secondly: What exactly is the medical assessment? Eye/ear exam? Heart/BP?

I'm just curious.

Thanks!

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby avee905 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:28 pm

JesseJames wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:29 pm
Two questions for those of you who have already completed these:

For the PARE, do they still require that you print off and get your doctor to fill out a medical form to bring with you to the PARE test? Or can you just book a date and go?

And secondly: What exactly is the medical assessment? Eye/ear exam? Heart/BP?

I'm just curious.

Thanks!
No, you do not require clearance to do the PARE exam.

The medical could be a combination of hearing, vision, blood pressure, heart rate, reflex, etc.
Applied - Aug. 2018
OTEE - Sept. 2018
Interview - February 2019
CFSC/CRFSC - April 2019
Psych: Pending

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JeanFrancois » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:15 pm

CaptainMarvel wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:44 am
Hey all, I'll jump in: (thanks Tornelco! lol :thumbsup: )

Reasons why I want to be a CBSA Officer:

1. Interesting work, working alongside like-minded people, pay/benefits, opportunities to advance, etc.
2. Being able to efficiently help people navigate the rules and legislation as well as stopping people who are trying to circumvent it.
3. And hey, the uniform! Big boots, tactical vest, the works! Much preferred over "office attire"/business casual lol.
4. Have family in both CBSA and regular law enforcement so have a good idea of the day to day and what to expect, sounds like my line of work.
5. Working in a job that values good judgement and critical thinking.

Top 3 places to be posted:

1/2/3: All Prairie region, close to home to start but open to travel/relocation.
so CaptainMarvel posted lol;
CBSA:
App: 08-18
O.T.E.E:
Interview:
PAL:
Psych: ?

TPS:
GIS: July 22th, 2019
PREP Practice: July 26th, 2019
WCT: Aug 17, 2019
PREP:
PATI: October 5th, 2019

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby BoltUp » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:39 am

cardken wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:22 pm
General question here,

I am currently am at my last step of the process, i emailed CBSA to verify and they responded that all they're waiting for is my medical results which could take up to 8 weeks to receive. I completed with my family doctor late April.

I am wondering if anyone is in the same boat and/or if you receive confirmation if you've failed/passed a medical.

I use to work as an SBSO, and completed my medical in Toronto where they told me pass/fail right there and then, but this time around completing it with my family doctor I had to send it to their doctor to verify. I don't want to email recruitment again asking my status, i'd feel more relieved to know if anyone has any information to provide and/or if anyone else is in the same boat.

I did my medical through my own Dr.
The PSOHP (Public Service Occupational Health Program) office called me after they received my medical papers to verify my personal info (address etc.) Then my results were sent in the mail to myself and the CBSA Prairie RegionalOffice, Human Resources Division.

You could try contacting the PSOHP office that you submitted your medical paper work to. You should have their contact information in the package that was emailed to you with your medical papers.

Hope that you hear soon:)
CBSA Application:

Applied: Sept, 2018
OTEE: Oct, 2018
PARE: Nov, 2018
Interview: Nov, 2018

Pscych Evaluation: April, 2019
Security papers sent April 2019
Medical Evaluation: May 2019
Security Interview:
OITP:
Rigaud:

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zedlinka » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:42 am

kellylihomes wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:08 pm
Reasons:
1. I still remember the moment I landed in Toronto, the first people I spoke with was the girl from immigration. Ever since that moment, I always think it is a good career to get into.
2. I love to protect my country.
3. Good career, good pay, good pension.
4. This is a career that my kids will be proud of.

I really want to be posted to Toronto Pearson Airport, or anywhere as close to Toronto as possible.
Just regarding your last point about Pearson. If that's where you want to go, you stand a decent chance. From Wave A to Wave D of this year, about 10 of the postings have been for Pearson. In my particular wave there was a lot who wanted it. Hopefully this will helps keep you motivated. Pearson is A-L-W-A-Y-S looking for new people. So even if you toughed it out for a few years somewhere else, people are always trying to get out of Pearson, too.
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby mtturnbu » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:05 am

JesseJames wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:29 pm
Two questions for those of you who have already completed these:

For the PARE, do they still require that you print off and get your doctor to fill out a medical form to bring with you to the PARE test? Or can you just book a date and go?

And secondly: What exactly is the medical assessment? Eye/ear exam? Heart/BP?

I'm just curious.

Thanks!
I think it depends on who the tester is. I didn't need it but I've heard of other people who did. Best to email the tester directly if you can.
CBSA:

PAL: June 2018
Applied: Feb 2019
OTEE: Mar 2019 - Pass
Interview: June 5, 2019 - Pass
PARE: July 7, 2019 - Pass
Psych: TBD


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