Every person hired for a job with CBP must submit to the federal employment background check process to make sure you are reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and have complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States.
You must receive a favorable suitability determination resulting from a completed background investigation. If you fail to obtain a favorably adjudicated background investigation, then you fail to meet a condition of employment or continued employment in the federal service and your employment is terminated. Final determination of your suitability will be determined by CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
What Is Included in Background Investigation
The background investigation will include credit and criminal history checks, records checks to verify citizenship of members, verification of date of birth, education, employment history, and military history. Interviews of individuals who know the candidate and of any current or former spouse (divorced within the past ten years) will be conducted. Residences will be confirmed, neighbors interviewed, and public records queried for information about bankruptcies, divorces, and criminal or civil litigation. Additional interviews will be conducted, as needed, to resolve any inconsistencies or issues which have developed during the course of the investigation.
Watch a video from OPR on the importance of being truthful and fully forthcoming during the hiring process, including when completing the background investigation and polygraph requirements.
If you wish to enter on duty in a provisional clearance status, prior to receiving a full clearance from the Office of Professional Responsibility, please elect yes and complete the Provisional Clear Statement of Understanding. If you prefer to wait and enter on duty after you have a full clearance, elect no.