On February 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched the Fast Track Hiring Process, an expedited hiring program that streamlines the hiring process for CBP Officer (CBPO) and Border Patrol Agent (BPA) applicants who can commit to accelerated hiring timeframes. CBP’s current average time to hire for Officers and Agents is 300 days. The Fast Track Hiring Process is aimed at reducing the time to hire to 120 days or less.
In the past, CBP has struggled meeting its CBPO and BPA hiring goals. However, in FY 2018, CBP was able to net more frontline personnel than it lost for the first time in years. This means the improvements implemented over the past few years are working. Fast Track is a CBP-wide effort to continue to improve and innovate our recruiting and hiring practices, enhance communication with and support to applicants, and speed up the timeline from application to job offer. Fast Track aims to reduce the hiring process while decreasing the number of applicants who drop out of the process, all while maintaining CBP’s rigorous hiring standards. Under the Fast Track program, applicants who agree to complete required steps in the hiring process within set timelines, can move through either the CBPO or BPA hiring process more quickly.
Interested Fast Track applicants generally possess most of the characteristics, like having no previous drug use, no current delinquent debt, limited foreign travel, no criminal history, no previously failed polygraphs or background investigations, and are willing to relocate to the southwest border. These traits make it more likely for an applicant to move through the hiring steps with little extra processing time. If you are looking for an exciting and fast-paced career safeguarding our nation’s borders, speak with a CBP recruiter who can help explain the hiring options to you – either Fast Track or our traditional hiring process.