How to Become a CIA Agent in New Jersey

“Richard and Cynthia Murphy” a typical “American family” lived a quiet suburban life in Montclair, NJ, for years till they were arrested in 2010. They were neither Richard nor Cynthia Murphy. Their real names were Vladimir and Lydia Guryev and they were Russian spies for KGB. Their cover was so perfect that they didn’t even speak Russian inside their home. Their neighbors were unsurprisingly surprised. “You could have told me they were Martians from space and I would have been less surprised,” said one of their neighbors.

Vladimir and Lydia Guryev were arrested due to the joint efforts of the CIA and the FBI. However, there is no saying that there aren’t any more Richard and Cynthia Murphys living amongst us. Therefore, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is always on the lookout for such espionage activities. CIA agents gather information on foreign informants and then pass on the information to law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI).

If you would like to become a CIA agent in New Jersey then continue reading the following information.

Disclaimer: The CIA is a federal agency and hires recruits in Washington, DC metro area. It does not hire in particular states and requires all recruits to relocate to the nation’s capital. Therefore, there is no such thing as a CIA agent in New Jersey. However, the agency may, depending upon its transfer policy, send its agents to a particular state for a particular project/operation, either temporarily or permanently. Therefore, the following information is for potential CIA agents in general.

Become a CIA Agent in New Jersey
How to Become a CIA Agent

Requirements to Become a CIA Agent

Like all organizations, the CIA, too, has its own set of minimum qualifications, which all applicants must meet in order to successfully fill in their application. These are:

  • US citizenship – Dual nationals may apply too – Applicants must be physically present in the US – Those applicants who are about to become US nationals must wait till they are naturalized
  • Education – While a bachelor’s degree is not mandatory, it is desired. Educational requirements will depend upon the position you are applying for. If you want to become a truck driver for the agency then graduating from a high school would be enough. If you want to work for the agency as an attorney then a J.D. degree from an accredited law school will be required
  • No illegal drug use and no prescription drug abuse, 12 months prior to the application
  • Passing a polygraph test
  • Passing an extensive background investigation
  • Passing thorough medical and psychological exams

How to Fill In the Application

The application has three parts and it is filled in entirety online.

  • Application for Employment
  • Personnel Evaluation Form
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (Optional)

How to Fill In Application for Employment

First gather the following information:

  • Basic background information
  • Education
  • Areas of expertise
  • Military experience
  • Work history
  • Certifications and licenses
  • Foreign language proficiency levels
  • Foreign area knowledge
  • Preferences
  • Writing samples and transcripts

Once this is done, do the following:

  • Visit the CIAs official website and from the Career Application Center and create your employment account
  • Read and agree with the terms
  • Receive a user ID
  • Create a password for this account
  • Save your user ID and password
  • You have three (03) days to complete your application
  • Add up to four (04) positions in your account
  • Fill the Application for Employment section (the information you need for this section is mentioned above)
  • Fill out the Personnel Evaluation Form (the information required for this section is discussed below)

How to Fill In Personnel Evaluation Form

Before you proceed to step 9, gather the following information:

  • Security clearance
  • Delinquent federal debt
  • Polygraph test
  • Employment issues
  • Drug use and activity
  • Background investigation
  • Selective Service enrollment
  • Military discharge and disciplinary proceedings
  • Criminal convictions and violations of law
  • Peace Corps employment

Once you are done with all 9 steps, move on the last section of the application package, which is on Equal Employment Opportunity. You can chose to not fill in this section, since it’s voluntary.

It is advised that you save and print forms for reference sake. This information will come in handy if you make it to the interview stage. Now simply submit the entire application package. A message of confirmation will appear on your screen. You will get another message from the CIA within two business days regarding submission of your application. At this stage, sign back into your account to confirm that your application package was successfully received. If it wasn’t, simply resubmit; if it was successfully submitted, you need not take any further action. At this stage, your online account will be deleted.

45 Days Till You Hear from Them

If the recruiters are interested in your application, they will contact you within 45 days. If you haven’t heard from them in this time, you can assume that your application was rejected. You can reapply after one-year gap.