43203 – Border services, customs, and immigration officers



43203 – Border services, customs, and immigration officers
Border services, customs, and immigration officers administer and enforce laws and regulations related to immigration, customs, and border crossing. They are employed by government agencies.

Index of titles
Adjudication officer - immigration
Border services officer (BSO)
Border services student officer
Border services trainee officer
Case review officer - immigration
Citizenship registration examiner
Claims processing officer - immigration
Customs appraiser
Customs baggage inspector
Customs collector
Customs examiner
Customs inspection supervisor
Customs inspector
Customs inspectors supervisor
Customs investigator
Customs officer
Immigration Act enforcement officer
Immigration agent
Immigration agent - government services
Immigration appeal officer
Immigration examiner
Immigration examining officer
Immigration inspector
Immigration officer - government services
Immigration officers supervisor


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Border services and customs officers
Conduct interviews, using inspections and information-seeking techniques at border points as part of primary and secondary inspections for immigration, food, plant and animals, and customs program functions
Apply applicable legislation, policies, and procedure when screening and/or inspecting people and goods
Inspect baggage to detect undeclared merchandise, or contraband
Inform manufacturers and shippers of customs and laws and procedures
Observe fabrication of articles affected by customs laws and conduct appraisals
Board carriers arriving from foreign countries to determine nature of cargo to ensure compliance with customs and commerce laws
Inspect goods imported by mail
Operate firearms and use defensive tactics and physical force when necessary in the performance of duties
May conduct an arrest, detention, or conduct personal search of individuals suspected of having committed a criminal offence under the Customs Act or certain other designated Criminal Code offences until police intervention is possible.

Immigration officers
Determine admissibility of persons seeking entry into Canada by examining documents and conducting interviews
Grant landed-immigrant status, admit persons or order detention or deportation
Locate and apprehend persons presumed to be infringing on immigration laws
Assist in the removal of deported people by seeking authorization from receiving countries and securing necessary travel documents
Appear as a witness in cases related to immigration appeals.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
A four-week online training and a four-and-half-month specialized training at the CBSA College are required for border services officers.
Successful pass of the officer trainee entrance exam (OTEE), successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CGSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) is required for border services officers.
Must pass psychological assessment, physical abilities requirement evaluation (PARE) and medical exam to be a Border services officer.
Border services students officers must complete Control and Defensive Tactics (CDT) training.
Completion of specialized government training is usually required.
A driver’s license is required.


Additional information
Border services officers must be willing to work anywhere in Canada, including rural and remote areas.
Progression to managerial positions in these fields is possible with experience.


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