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oceanblue11
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby oceanblue11 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:53 pm

I received an email this week requesting me to book my medical evaluation! I'm really hoping that I get invited to the July intake but obviously it varies for everyone so I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

I have to say though one thing that is kinda annoying on this forum is that people keep asking for tips for OTEE. I was in the group with the first people who wrote it and in hindsight there's really nothing anyone could've told me about it that would've made it any easier (aside from the answers, which is unethical lol). Also I saw that some people said if you left questions unanswered then you fail the test, but my friend said they left about 5 unanswered and still passed with 36/40 so I don't think that's correct... Unless my friend was mistaken but they sounded pretty sure of it.
CBSA
- Applied 08/18
- CFSC/CRFSC 04/18 ✓
- OTEE - 39/40, 09/18 ✓
- Interview 11/18 ✓
- Psych 01/19 ✓
- PARE - 3:38, 02/19 ✓
- Security - submitted 01/19
- CAT III 3/19

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby kellylihomes » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:52 pm

oceanblue11 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:53 pm
I received an email this week requesting me to book my medical evaluation! I'm really hoping that I get invited to the July intake but obviously it varies for everyone so I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

I have to say though one thing that is kinda annoying on this forum is that people keep asking for tips for OTEE. I was in the group with the first people who wrote it and in hindsight there's really nothing anyone could've told me about it that would've made it any easier (aside from the answers, which is unethical lol). Also I saw that some people said if you left questions unanswered then you fail the test, but my friend said they left about 5 unanswered and still passed with 36/40 so I don't think that's correct... Unless my friend was mistaken but they sounded pretty sure of it.
Your timeline is the shortest I have seen so far. Good luck!
CBSA GTA Applicant
Applied: Aug 28, 2018
OTEE: Sep 14, 2018 (passes)
Interview: Dec 5, 2018 (passed)
PARE: Jan 18, 2019 (passed)
Psychological assessment: TBA

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Bla » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:41 pm

How long after taking the OTEE exam do you typically have to wait to find out your results ?
Applied: Feb 8 2019
OTEE: March 11 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Tornelco » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:20 am

Bla wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:41 pm
How long after taking the OTEE exam do you typically have to wait to find out your results ?
took me a month.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:23 pm

JoshG wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Is there often overtime available at ports?

I believe so, especially in the Prairies...
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby RugerBlue26 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:50 pm

sbchnn wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Hi All!

Does anyone possibly know the passing mark for OTEE? many people on this forum who passed said that they have 85% or just a "pass". I've been doing some test on the public service prep and getting around 70%. Please give me a scout if anyone knows!!
Sorry if you've already received a reply, but to pass the OTEE you need to get a 60% and above in all 4 categories. So the questions were all divided into 4 categories, and you need to get 60% + on each category to pass the OTEE
SBSO PRA
Applied: Nov 28, 2018
OTEE: Jan 8, 2019 [PASSED, Feb 1, 2019]
Interview: Jan 15, 2019 [PASSED, Feb 26, 2019]
Security: Feb 12, 2019
Medical: Mar 8, 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby rwgottar » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 am

So, I collect knives and the last year or so, the CBSA has made it pretty difficult for knife collectors in Canada. There have been several instances where a Custom folding knife made in Canada, sold to a collector in the US, sold again to a collector back in canada have been seized at the border.

It kind of seems like the CBSA has made up it's own interpretation of the law in regards to folding knives, and for people in the knife collecting community it's made purchasing knives that would otherwise be perfectly legal to own/carry in Canada a bit of a gamble. Some of these knives can reach upwards of $2000

Is there any way to reconcile this?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Suikoden » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:12 am

rwgottar wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 am
So, I collect knives and the last year or so, the CBSA has made it pretty difficult for knife collectors in Canada. There have been several instances where a Custom folding knife made in Canada, sold to a collector in the US, sold again to a collector back in canada have been seized at the border.

It kind of seems like the CBSA has made up it's own interpretation of the law in regards to folding knives, and for people in the knife collecting community it's made purchasing knives that would otherwise be perfectly legal to own/carry in Canada a bit of a gamble. Some of these knives can reach upwards of $2000

Is there any way to reconcile this?
This is NOT the place for this.
Five laps owed so far

29 Mar - OTEE pass

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:24 pm

Suikoden wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:12 am
rwgottar wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 am
So, I collect knives and the last year or so, the CBSA has made it pretty difficult for knife collectors in Canada. There have been several instances where a Custom folding knife made in Canada, sold to a collector in the US, sold again to a collector back in canada have been seized at the border.

It kind of seems like the CBSA has made up it's own interpretation of the law in regards to folding knives, and for people in the knife collecting community it's made purchasing knives that would otherwise be perfectly legal to own/carry in Canada a bit of a gamble. Some of these knives can reach upwards of $2000

Is there any way to reconcile this?
This is NOT the place for this.
The government of Canada has signed onto the UN convention that includes knives. As such knives with a 'flipper' or thumb stud that can be semi-opened with one hand and flicked open the rest of the way are now officially prohibited. They are considered centrifugal opening knives. Yes Cabelas and every other gas station will sell them but they are now prohibited on import. It is a recent interpretation of the law and is now CBSA protocol to seize these knives. Other prohibited knives are still obviously prohibited regardless of why you want them. If you get annoyed with collecting knives there's always marbles.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:38 pm

Stathakos wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:23 pm
JoshG wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Is there often overtime available at ports?

I believe so, especially in the Prairies...
It depends what region you want to go to. Some ports only offer a couple hours of o/t while others will have several hundred hours offered. If you want o/t the small prairie ports are good.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:22 pm

CanadianRedacted wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:38 pm
Stathakos wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:23 pm
JoshG wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Is there often overtime available at ports?

I believe so, especially in the Prairies...
It depends what region you want to go to. Some ports only offer a couple hours of o/t while others will have several hundred hours offered. If you want o/t the small prairie ports are good.

I think I had over 400 hours of o.t at my port
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Sabres39 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm

I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stone. » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:07 am

Sabres39 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm
I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?
You find out where you're going after 9-10 weeks of training. Yes, the CBSA will post you wherever they need you, which is every POE in Canada. If you're not willing to relocate then I'd suggest not even showing up for the interview.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby fabledsky » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 am

Quick question, do I need to get first aid on my own or is that part of the training?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CanadianRedacted » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:37 pm

Sabres39 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 pm
I applied a couple months ago, wrote and passed the OTEE.

I have a couple questions.

I am not able to relocate due to family and my wife's job. On the application I didn't list any places I would be interested in that would require me to move. If I'm hired, do I find out where I will be posted before the training starts? Could they post me to a place that I did not list in my original application?

Any tips on the interview? What's the format? Anything to expect in the interview? Are they situational questions where you derive an example from your own experience?
Throughout the application process you will have signed several times that you are O.K. with moving anywhere in the country. Do not take this lightly as I know MANY people who signed these contracts thinking they would get a local port because they live close to the border or are from Toronto/Vancouver. Sit down with your spouse and figure out what your plan should be together.

Depending on what hiring process you applied for, you will have either picked various ports in the 'small communities hiring initiative' or you will get your port in a double lottery around week 10 in Rigaud. That is a long time to be away from family and without actual pay to find out you can't take the job because you can't relocate. The CBSA will not try help you until after you apply for a spousal transfer once taking your position at the port, which could take a looong time depending what port you are posted to.


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