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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Gordy » Fri May 03, 2019 8:13 am

Hi everybody, first time writing here. Is there an habitual lenght of time between each processus, like a new one start every 6, 9 or 12 months ? I passed the OTEE but failed the interview, just want to know how long it could be to have a second chance.

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CBSA Process :

2019-02-07: Applied
2019-02-25: OTEE (PASSED)
2019-04-25: INTERVIEW (FAILED)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Fri May 03, 2019 8:46 pm

Squadcar wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:40 pm
melom wrote:
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There is housing on site at some remote locations.
Are they individual houses? Or shared accommodations?
I believe they are all individual units.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Fri May 03, 2019 8:49 pm

Squadcar wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 11:56 pm
Does anyone know what the policy is regarding visible tattoos? In my case, I have a visible tattoo on my arm, astronomy related so not exactly inappropriate in any way.
No issues.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Borderwatchman » Sat May 04, 2019 12:52 am

Stathakos wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:32 pm
Question for fellow BSOs

If I want to get to inland, is air mode really my best bet? Or can I still have a fighting chance from a land port, say one in Southern Ontario?


Thanks!
You'll benefit from the immigration experience from either port. But Inland is a completely different beast. So even though you'll have a working knowledge of GCMS and NCMS, and have an understanding of immigration theory, you'll still have to adjust to the post POE immigration process.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby JoshG » Sat May 04, 2019 12:19 pm

Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Nicholas1989 » Sat May 04, 2019 1:06 pm

Got my interview june 5th any tips for this interview
Applied July 2018
OTEE Sept. 2018
OTEE October 31st PASS! 85%
Candidate Info Package: november 6th 2018
Will Reapply again :mrgreen: GL to all applicants
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby BoltUp » Sat May 04, 2019 2:41 pm

Nicholas1989 wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Got my interview june 5th any tips for this interview
Go to the top of this page, type "interview" in to the search bar. Then do the same thing over on the CBSA chit chat page where you cross posted! Lots of great info :thumbsup:
CBSA Application:

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

Pscych Evaluation: April, 2019
Security papers sent April 30, 2019
Medical Evaluation: May 2019
Integrity Interview: August 2019
OITP:
Rigaud:

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Fri May 10, 2019 5:52 pm

JoshG wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
You won’t get posted to a seasonal port. They get staffed by assignments out of other ports.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby JoshG » Fri May 10, 2019 10:53 pm

melom wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 5:52 pm
JoshG wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
You won’t get posted to a seasonal port. They get staffed by assignments out of other ports.
Thanks for the info. Can you volunteer for these seasonal port assignments from anywhere in Canada?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Sat May 11, 2019 3:38 pm

JoshG wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 10:53 pm
melom wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 5:52 pm
JoshG wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
You won’t get posted to a seasonal port. They get staffed by assignments out of other ports.
Thanks for the info. Can you volunteer for these seasonal port assignments from anywhere in Canada?
It depends. Usually they are staffed by the region but I have seen occasional national call outs over the years.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Sun May 19, 2019 7:02 pm

I know that the CBSA requires you to move anywhere in Canada, and that's fine -- however I'm just wondering how difficult it typically is to get a northern (ish) port? If I'm packing up and leaving home, I might as well do it right.

I feel like working up north is probably undesirable but at the same time I can only imagine they don't typically send people up there due to lower staffing requirements.

Is it hard to get up there right out of Rigaud? Yellowknife would be cool, or somewhere like that.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Mon May 20, 2019 8:58 pm

Squadcar wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 7:02 pm
I know that the CBSA requires you to move anywhere in Canada, and that's fine -- however I'm just wondering how difficult it typically is to get a northern (ish) port? If I'm packing up and leaving home, I might as well do it right.

I feel like working up north is probably undesirable but at the same time I can only imagine they don't typically send people up there due to lower staffing requirements.

Is it hard to get up there right out of Rigaud? Yellowknife would be cool, or somewhere like that.
In general the Alaska border has been desperate for staff for years now. I think you’d have good odds if your intake has a seat up there. People don’t want to go and if they have to go they don’t want to stay. Aside from the land border to Alaska I think the odds of going to the north are extremely low/zero.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Ziggy Stardust » Tue May 21, 2019 9:19 pm

There was a National call for BSOs to take an assignment to Yellowknife not too long ago and I've seen other calls for assignments to northern ports over the years. I know officers who have taken short term assignments to the north, mostly BC. They loved it but had commitments that would make a more permanent gig there difficult. CBSA has a hard time finding people who truly want to be there. If you're looking for a remote northern location you have a pretty good chance of getting one and if this is what you want I would make your intentions clear. There are also some small ports in the Maritimes that might suit you.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Athejme » Wed May 22, 2019 8:24 pm

When is the next hiring process?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Jumb34t » Thu May 23, 2019 8:49 am

Athejme wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 8:24 pm
When is the next hiring process?
You should follow CBSA on their social media, they usually announce that they're hiring there. That's how I found out that they were hiring back in September 2018.

That or you can constantly check their website to see if they are hiring.

Also, didn't you just write the OTEE earlier this year? You'll need to wait anoter year to rewrite that no? :ponder:
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Applied: Sept 28/2018
OTEE: Oct 16/2018
OTEE Result: Oct 31/2018 Pass 77.5%
Interview: April 26/2019 Pass
PARE: Aug 16/2019 Pass
Psych: TBD


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