European Border and Coast Guard standing corps

For the 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 external borders.

Trained 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.

Frontex border guards will work under the command of the national authorities of the country they are deployed in.

Frontex border guards will support EU and Schengen countries in tasks such as:

  • border control at land, sea and air borders
  • border surveillance 
  • collecting and sharing information on situation at EU’s borders and beyond
  • search and rescue activities
  • returning people who do not have the right to stay in the EU
  • fighting cross-border crime, including migrant smuggling, document fraud and terrorism.

Frontex 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.

Frontex 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 crossing points.

All 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.

Each of the selected candidates will receive basic training of up to six months in order to be ready for deployment in operational areas. 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 ethical standards.

After the basic training, the possibility to enter specialised training, taking into account the previous experience, will be offered to Frontex border guards throughout their career.

Follow our recruitment updates on the Frontex website and social media channels. Please direct all questions about the recruitment procedure to:





Frontex received more than 7000 applications in the first wave of recruitment for the new European Border Guard Officers.

What are the next steps?

Shortlisted candidates are invited to take an online English test, followed by a physical test and an interview.

Those who have been assessed as the best-suited candidates receive an employment offer and are invited for a medical check-up to become the new Frontex border and coast guard officers.

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