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cb681
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby cb681 » Thu May 23, 2019 1:02 pm

Hi guys,

Can any recent graduate of Rigaud, speak to the PORT selection process, I know it changes all the time, what is the process for that now? just curious. thanks.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Fri May 24, 2019 9:10 am

Ziggy Stardust wrote:
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.
Thanks for the insight. I'm applying from the ATL region and the ultimate goal is to get home one day (I'm in St. Johns, so it might take a while). Obviously I'm willing to go anywhere but it seems like the places I'm interested in going (up north or the Atlantic region) don't need many BSOs.

That's the name of the game I suppose. Should be interesting to see where I end up!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby NSMike » Sun May 26, 2019 8:35 am

cb681 wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Hi guys,

Can any recent graduate of Rigaud, speak to the PORT selection process, I know it changes all the time, what is the process for that now? just curious. thanks.
It hasnt changed in a little bit. If you go back on this forum youll find it. Its quite difficilt to explain but someone took great time in explaining it awhile back. Basically its completely random and all about luck.
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OITP 06 & 11 2018
Rigaud 01 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby frontovika » Thu May 30, 2019 6:36 pm

Any news on when we could expect the new recruitment pool for applicants? CBSA is still assessing January/February applicants.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby eh_man » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:06 pm

Can anyone recommend good places to find CBSA approved boots in Nova Scotia?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby vincentcardinal » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:06 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm quite curious about the whole posting aspect of the hiring process. My top 3 choices for posting are; 1. Abbotsford, BC. 2. Aldergrove, BC. 3. Vancouver, BC.

Now, what are my odds of my getting my first choice?

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Nicholas1989 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:36 pm

does failing the interview mean like you're stupid, Because thats how I feel right now. Am I even destined to become a CBSA officer?
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 Athejme » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:50 pm

Nicholas1989 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:36 pm
does failing the interview mean like you're stupid, Because thats how I feel right now. Am I even destined to become a CBSA officer?
What happened in the interview? What kind of questions they asked you??

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Highland2012 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:59 pm

Hey guys I had a quick question,

I'm on the S/C portion of my process, and am waiting for the security screening interview. I moved for work in April, and from where I started my application. I e-mailed recruiting telling them back in April but haven't received any e-mails back.

Should I send another e-mail?

Does anyone know if this is normal?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Catlady » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:12 pm

Highland2012 wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:59 pm
Hey guys I had a quick question,

I'm on the S/C portion of my process, and am waiting for the security screening interview. I moved for work in April, and from where I started my application. I e-mailed recruiting telling them back in April but haven't received any e-mails back.

Should I send another e-mail?

Does anyone know if this is normal?

Cheers,
I moved in April, emailed HR with my new address, and they replied within the week to confirm they received the information and updated my file. You may want to email and ask if yours was received.
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Interview - April 2019 (pass)
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PARE - June 2019 (pass)
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Psych Assessment Interview - August 2019 (complete)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby fiorj » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:28 pm

Hi , i just want to know if someone have done the second language evaluation? It is the last test i have to do in my process and i don't really know what it looks like.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanBr19 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:44 pm

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:57 am

Hi again, all. As some of you have indicated in the past, Beaver Creek YK is prone to hurting for officers. I happen to be in a position where I'm looking to go somewhere extreme for a couple of years (with the hopes of eventually returning to my home city on the total opposite side of Canada). As such, I'm hoping to get in touch with someone who has worked in Beaver Creek to answer a couple random questions of mine.

First question, are there typically openings for Beaver Creek in every class? I'm of course open to going anywhere but I'd like to think that I have a pretty good chance of taking this bullet for someone.

Secondly, if posted to Beaver Creek, is housing provided by the agency? If not, how difficult to acquire/expensive is housing?

Last but not least, is it difficult to get out of there on a transfer once your time is up? I'd be hoping to get back to St. John's NL if at all possible so I know I'd likely have to wait for a spot to open up and for my turn to take such spot. Bonus points if anyone has worked in St. John's or knows anything about it!

I'm open to any other details anyone might have about this port and the intricacies surrounding it. If you'd prefer to answer via PM I'd be more than happy to chat with you there. I'm intrigued by the prospect of going from the most easterly point in Canada to the most westerly and hopefully dragging my poor girlfriend with me.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Campin16 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:17 pm

Hi... I have the interview coming up and apparently part of that is selecting desired work locations, so I was wondering if anyone has a list of the districts that they mention in the email?

I wouldn't mind doing a little research on that just to see what looks good, as I'm willing to move out of province as one of my desired locations, but don't want to just select blindly. I've noticed that the map on the CBSA website allows you to search by a good amount of criteria (highway/land border, airports, etc.) but not by district.... So for example is the "GTA" considered it's own district? I want to know this or do you select a more narrow focus like "Windsor" or "Niagara"?

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Interview: June 19th 2019
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianQuackers » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm

Campin16 wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Hi... I have the interview coming up and apparently part of that is selecting desired work locations, so I was wondering if anyone has a list of the districts that they mention in the email?

I wouldn't mind doing a little research on that just to see what looks good, as I'm willing to move out of province as one of my desired locations, but don't want to just select blindly. I've noticed that the map on the CBSA website allows you to search by a good amount of criteria (highway/land border, airports, etc.) but not by district.... So for example is the "GTA" considered it's own district? I want to know this or do you select a more narrow focus like "Windsor" or "Niagara"?

Thank you
They don't give you a list in the interview, it's merely signing off on the fact that while you will be given an option to select desired postings you are willing to be posted anywhere in Canada.


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