GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JEagle10 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:06 am

BoltUp wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:49 am
IronWolf wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:43 pm
see here some of the issues the current BSOs are dealing with, like the fact that is very hard to get a transfer, which may eventually also benefit us, the new recruits, if CBSA decides to improve the POE assignment process to match prefered regions.
That way they will not increase the scope of the issue they already have on hand with the existing BSOs :


http://psacunion.ca/fb-bargaining-no-tr ... am-rejects
January 23, 2020
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The FB bargaining team continued their push to make Canada Border Services Agency a better place to work during talks with Treasury Board/CBSA the week of January 20, but the employer still refuses to budge on any meaningful improvements.

Our team highlighted issues around:

...

Seniority and work location: There are significant problems with the way management assigns officers to new locations. Across Canada, there are officers who are looking to work in different parts of the country. But right now, management passes over senior officers for these assignments and even places new hires in locations where union members are looking to work. We are seeking a fair and transparent process where officers can exercise their seniority if they wish to change districts or regions.

.....
"

And something here that will definitely will be very beneficial for us, new recruits :

http://psacunion.ca/fb-bargaining-union ... tions-work

"Appropriate pay for recruits and new officers

Immediate transition to the FB-3 pay rate upon graduation from Rigaud."
I for one would personally LOVE to see an immediate transition to the FB-3 pay rate upon graduation from Rigaud. But I can see the agency’s need for having a long probation period in order to weed out new officers who don’t fit the mould. Higher pay during training would also be a bonus!
Just make the transition to FB3 after Rigaud AND keep the probation period. Getting paid less to do the same amount of work just because you're on probation is a head scratcher for sure

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby mendoza68 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:17 am

At which point of the OITP process did you guys get your official invite to Rigaud? During or after online?
Applied- Oct 2017
Interview- April 2018
Security Sent- June 2018
Psych - May 2018
Medical - June 2018/July 2019
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Rigaud ???

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Stone. » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:38 am

mendoza68 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:17 am
At which point of the OITP process did you guys get your official invite to Rigaud? During or after online?
You need an invite to Rigaud to do the online training.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby mendoza68 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:49 am

Stone. wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:38 am
mendoza68 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:17 am
At which point of the OITP process did you guys get your official invite to Rigaud? During or after online?
You need an invite to Rigaud to do the online training.
I'm doing online now and in the invite to online it said this is not an official invitation to the academy.
Applied- Oct 2017
Interview- April 2018
Security Sent- June 2018
Psych - May 2018
Medical - June 2018/July 2019
Pare- February 2018/June 2019
Security Interview - February 2019
Security Clearance- March 2019
OITP- 15D February 2020
Rigaud ???

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby cbmcmsa » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:16 am

mendoza68 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:49 am
Stone. wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:38 am
mendoza68 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:17 am
At which point of the OITP process did you guys get your official invite to Rigaud? During or after online?
You need an invite to Rigaud to do the online training.
I'm doing online now and in the invite to online it said this is not an official invitation to the academy.
Because going to Rigaud is conditional on your successful completion of the online component.
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby A North » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm

As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
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CFSC/CRFSC: 04/16; Sent 01/20
GCT2/WCPT: Exempt (Police Foundations 06/17)
Applied: 12/18
Contacted: 02/19
OTEE: 03/19
G Licence: 02/20

Interview: Postponed (CoVid-19)
PARE: TBD
Psych: TBD
Medical: TBD
Security: TBD
Online: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Postby JEagle10 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:21 pm

A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm
As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
What day of the week did they make your interview? PM me if you'd like. Also I haven't heard of anyone else here currently knowing their POE before Rigaud, kinda just gotta cross the fingers they change the process or you get lucky lol

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:23 pm

A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm
As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
You can email them and ask for alternative location, explaining the reason (no car, no easy public transport).

If it was me, I would rent a car and go :)

I am not aware of any assurances by CBSA yet to know your PoE in advance at this time. Let us know what the officers at your interview say about that.

Good luck !

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Postby A North » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:25 pm

IronWolf wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:23 pm
A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm
As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
You can email them and ask for alternative location, explaining the reason (no car, no easy public transport).

If it was me, I would rent a car and go :)

I am not aware of any assurances by CBSA yet to know your PoE in advance at this time. Let us know what the officers at your interview say about that.

Good luck !
The challenge for me is just not having well enough funds to rent a car and book a hotel. And the e-mail from them indicates that only certain requests for alternate interviews will be permitted, none of which involve not being able to get to the interview location...
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Applied: 12/18
Contacted: 02/19
OTEE: 03/19
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Interview: Postponed (CoVid-19)
PARE: TBD
Psych: TBD
Medical: TBD
Security: TBD
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Rigaud: TBD

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Postby CaptainMarvel » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:16 pm

A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:25 pm
IronWolf wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:23 pm
A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm
As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
You can email them and ask for alternative location, explaining the reason (no car, no easy public transport).

If it was me, I would rent a car and go :)

I am not aware of any assurances by CBSA yet to know your PoE in advance at this time. Let us know what the officers at your interview say about that.

Good luck !
The challenge for me is just not having well enough funds to rent a car and book a hotel. And the e-mail from them indicates that only certain requests for alternate interviews will be permitted, none of which involve not being able to get to the interview location...
You should be able to request change of location if you can't get there, although it might push your date even further. Just email and ask, they will let you know your options.

Regarding student loans: there are plenty of Repayment Assistance Plans and Revision of Terms you can negotiate with the NSLSC if they are federal Canada loans. Usually based on income and good for 6 month intervals. You can sometimes get payments down to zero if you aren't making much. Personally, I would rcommend doing some research on these things rather than stressing about hypotheticals. Not to mention an invite may be 1-2 years away, lots of time to plan, find work, save, etc.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby A North » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:38 pm

CaptainMarvel wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:16 pm
A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:25 pm
IronWolf wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:23 pm


You can email them and ask for alternative location, explaining the reason (no car, no easy public transport).

If it was me, I would rent a car and go :)

I am not aware of any assurances by CBSA yet to know your PoE in advance at this time. Let us know what the officers at your interview say about that.

Good luck !
The challenge for me is just not having well enough funds to rent a car and book a hotel. And the e-mail from them indicates that only certain requests for alternate interviews will be permitted, none of which involve not being able to get to the interview location...
You should be able to request change of location if you can't get there, although it might push your date even further. Just email and ask, they will let you know your options.

Regarding student loans: there are plenty of Repayment Assistance Plans and Revision of Terms you can negotiate with the NSLSC if they are federal Canada loans. Usually based on income and good for 6 month intervals. You can sometimes get payments down to zero if you aren't making much. Personally, I would rcommend doing some research on these things rather than stressing about hypotheticals. Not to mention an invite may be 1-2 years away, lots of time to plan, find work, save, etc.
Thanks for the insight, friend.
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Contacted: 02/19
OTEE: 03/19
G Licence: 02/20

Interview: Postponed (CoVid-19)
PARE: TBD
Psych: TBD
Medical: TBD
Security: TBD
Online: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Postby Lospollos » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:05 am

A North wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:13 pm
As if I just got an interview invite after they previously bounced me from the process? I won't complain but can somebody make this make sense?

And as if they give me 8:15 am in Rigaud (I live in Ottawa) when I don't have a car of my own.

Does anybody know if I'd be subject to knowing my PoE in advance like other recruits are having or are supposed to be having? As a broke student who will need to pay back loans soon, the thought of not knowing until week 10 and only having 2 weeks to get out there and then not get paid for another 4-8 weeks is not a very nice one.
You have a six month grace period before you have to start paying once u finish school. Part time job NOW to save up some money might also mitigate some of it. You really have to plan ahead.
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Eastcoast_recruit » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:11 am

I graduated from Rigaud last year. I was in the hiring process since 2014. My advice would be to stay patient and positive and just know everyone has a different experience when it comes to the process. You can speculate about why security clearances take forever but there’s no cut and dry answer. And no news is good news. Just keep living your life. Hopefully those of you that pass all the steps can have a much more favourable timeline than I had lol.
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Postby kittycat1024 » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:47 am

Eastcoast_recruit wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:11 am
I graduated from Rigaud last year. I was in the hiring process since 2014. My advice would be to stay patient and positive and just know everyone has a different experience when it comes to the process. You can speculate about why security clearances take forever but there’s no cut and dry answer. And no news is good news. Just keep living your life. Hopefully those of you that pass all the steps can have a much more favourable timeline than I had lol.
wow, it took 5 years for your timeline? So you had to re-take PARE, medical etc twice or more?

May I ask which province you applied before?
Applied: 2018
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Interview: Oct 2019 (Passed)
PARE: Feb 2020 (Passed)
MMPI: TBC
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Postby Eastcoast_recruit » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:24 am

Yes I was in the process for 5 years. I applied in 2014 and wrote the 2 tests in 2015. And then it was a very long waiting game. I completed all the steps and the only thing I had to do for a second time was the medical. I waited to do the PARE last because I figured after a while it was going to be a very long process. I applied from NL.
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