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There are several basic requirements for employment at U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

  • U.S. Citizenship – Proof of United States citizenship required, if selected.
  • Residency – Meet one or more of the following primary residence criteria for the last three years prior to submitting an application for employment:
    • Resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
    • Worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
    • Been a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas

Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples of state-side coverage information include: the state-side address of the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located, the state-side address of the professor in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program, the church records for the applicant's overseas church missions and/or the state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas. If selected for a position, applicants must provide this information when completing the Residency Requirement form.

  • Background Security Investigation – Successfully complete a background investigation before being appointed (to include successful completion of a polygraph exam for law enforcement office positions).
  • Drug Test – If in a drug testing position (e.g., Border Patrol Agent, Customs and Border Protection Officer, Intel Specialist), submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result before being appointed.

Specific CBP positions may have other requirements. See for more information.

Last modified: 
March 19, 2014