CBP Officer

CBP Officer

CBPGuy

7 Years Experience

SouthWest, US

Male, 25

I am a U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officer on the southwest border between Mexico and the United States. I know the ins and outs of the job as seen on TV/News and things intentionally hidden from the media! There's more to this job than "Anything to declare?" I dont know all but I'll do my best to answer any questions you have! All answers are my opinion, and my opinion only!

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Last Answer on April 22, 2019

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Do CBP officers have a duty to let a traveler speak to a supervisor if they ask to? I've gotten TERRIBLE officers (some of whom seemed to be pretty clueless about my visa type) but didn't want to risk making them angry by asking for a supervisor.

Asked by Paula over 4 years ago

Just like with local law enforcement, you can ask to speak with a supervisor at any time. As an officer and public servant, we are required to notify the supervisor.

Are most CBP officers lifers, working there til they retire? What are some popular career moves for officers who want a change?

Asked by Porter about 4 years ago

CBP is not a bad career to be a lifer in. Benefits are incredible, pay is even better. There are certainly are a lot of lifers here. The thing people dont know is that there is a lot more to do with this agency than process travelers and ask "Where are you going? What are you bringing?" We have intelligence duties, cargo screening, canine, training with INTERPOL, etc. When an CBP Officer changes careers, usually its to a Special Agent position within the federal government. The easiest transition is usually with Homeland Security Investigations (former ICE). Besides HSI, CBP Officers will transition over to Special Agent in FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.

I had posted a question about what you see on the screen when you run a passport. I got a response in the email saying that my answer had been posted, but now i dont see my questions either. Could you please repost the reply.

Asked by Sorry to bug you about this, but did you accidentally delete my question and the answer? over 3 years ago

I did delete it, I wasn't sure if am allowed to disclose that kind of information. But I will say, you weren't wrong with what you said.

Can you train dogs to sniff for both drugs and bombs, or when I see a dog are they typically just looking for one or the other?

Asked by Sines over 4 years ago

Im not sure about the bomb dogs. I dont know which officer's have those because I mostly deal with the narcotics dogs. What I do know about the narcotics dogs is that some are trained for just narcotics and some are trained for narcotics and humans.

After the academy, how much say do you get in where you get assigned? Can you choose geography? How about land crossing vs. airport?

Asked by Theod0re over 4 years ago

After the academy you have ZERO say. When you apply for the job, you can apply for a geographical location. Some of them include Southwest border, Northwest, North East, South East, Florida, etc. When you get "the call" to get hired, they offer an unspecified amount of Port of Entries in that geographical location to pick from. After you pick it, your stuck with it until you do a port swap with another officer (after your fully trained) or re apply and start from scratch. You cannot ask for land border or airport. You can only pick what they offer.

I hold an ESTA (VWP ppt holder) and travelled to NYC for a week. When I returned to my home country I checked my online I94 and this stated that I departed the US the next day of my arrival and the departure airport was left blank. Why was this?

Asked by Gabriel about 3 years ago

Try checking again to see if it was updated. Sometimes there are system errors, thats the only thing I can think of.

I had to pay a $500 fine for having less than a gram of marijuana in my car (friends stuff). I got the fine since it was my car. Is this on my record, and will it affect future elligibility for immigration/permanent residence? Is this a "conviction"?

Asked by Canadian over 3 years ago

It's hard to give you an accurate answer because I did not process your case. But, I will give you my opinion on what I THINK they might have done.

It looks like they cut you a HUGE break. Technically, if it's in your car, it's yours. I'm honestly surprised they didn't cancel your visa/deny entry, which is why I say they gave you a break.

More than likely, you were not arrested and they did not give you an FBI number so it will not show on a criminal record. It seems like they handled everything "in house". So, they issued you a fine and you probably have a record in our system only. You may be searched every time you enter. If you dont eventually pay the fine, your visa could eventually be canceled or you won't be able to obtain another one. I don't think this issue will affect you in any way other than when you cross the border.