To keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 epidemic, we had
to temporarily suspend the physical tests for the European Border and Coast
Guard Officer posts (Standing Corps).
We have moved the recruitment process online. We continue to
do online English tests for all shortlisted candidates and we have started online
We are doing our utmost to minimise the impact of COVID-19
on the selection process.
Please be patient – we will gradually contact all
shortlisted candidates and let you know about the next steps.
In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and
social media for any relevant updates.
first time, the European Union will have its own uniformed service – the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps.
This new border corps, composed of Frontex and EU Member States’ officers, will
at any time be able to support the Member States facing challenges at their
by the best and equipped with the latest that technology has to offer, Frontex
border and coast guards will be ready for tomorrow’s challenges at the borders,
helping to ensure their proper functioning.
border guards will work under the command of the national authorities of the
country they are deployed in.
border guards will support EU and Schengen countries in
tasks such as:
control at land, sea and air borders
and sharing information on situation at EU’s borders and beyond
and rescue activities
people who do not have the right to stay in the EU
cross-border crime, including migrant smuggling, document fraud and terrorism.
border guards will be working in operational
areas at EU’s external borders. The officers may also work in non-EU country,
provided it signed a Status Agreement with the EU.
border guards will wear uniforms, carry a
service weapon and will have executive powers. This means that the officers
will be able to perform tasks such as verifying a person’s identity and
nationality, allowing or refusing entry into the EU, patrolling between border
the positions offered for recruitment will be divided into basic, intermediate
and advanced levels, depending on the candidates’ professional experience and
skills. As a Frontex border guard, you will have a specified function, such as
border guard officer, document expert and cross-border crime detection officer.
of the selected candidates will receive basic training of up to six months in
order to be ready for deployment in operational areas in January 2021. It will
ensure that the officers have the necessary skills to work together in any
particular operational area, fully complying with the applicable EU law and
the basic training, the possibility to enter specialised training, taking into
account the previous experience, will be offered to Frontex
border guards throughout their
We seek applicants with experience in the law
enforcement field (such as police, customs, border and coast guard), emergency
services, civilian crisis management, military or equivalent (active and
In the first phase, Frontex is looking to recruit more
than 700 officers.
There are different educational requirements for
each of the three levels.
For the basic level, you need to have diploma for
completing university or equivalent studies of at least three years or professional
training of an equivalent level.
For the intermediate level, you need to possess a
level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma or a level of secondary
education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and
appropriate professional experience of at least three years.
For the advanced level, you need to have a diploma
for completing university or equivalent studies when the normal period of
university education is four years or more or a diploma for completing
university studies and appropriate professional experience of at least one year
when the normal period of university education is at least three years or professional
training of an equivalent level.
For more details, please
see the applicable selection notice.
Frontex border guards will be
deployed mainly at EU/Schengen external borders. The officers may also be deployed in
countries outside of the European Union that have signed a Status Agreement
with the European Commission.
the selection procedure is completed, selected candidates will be offered a
five-year employment contract with a probation period of nine months. All
selected officers will take part in basic training of up to six months and will
undergo readiness tests to assess whether they are ready to carry out their
October 2019: Publication of the Selection Notices
2019: Deadline for applications
2020: Selection completed
2021: First Frontex border guards begin work at the borders