Hello, thanks in advance for any advice.
In 2015, I applied for a job as a consular officer with the Department of State. I got a conditional offer, but the offer was rescinded because I failed the suitability review due to drug use. I had smoked pot in college a bit, quit for several years and then smoked twice, both times within a year of applying with DOS. The last time I smoked pot was in October 2015. The letter informing me of the reasons arrived in January of 2017. I didn’t appeal the decision.
I’ve been recently offered a position with USCIS for a position that requires secret clearance. I did not get an interim clearance. I am worried that because I failed a suitability review previously, that I will fail the background check and get the job offer rescinded again.
Should I get a lawyer for this? One lawyer told me that because I was denied previously, then I will never get a security clearance. He told me that he could file a Request for Formal Reconsideration for $1,500. Is that even possible? The appeal period is over.
Thank you for any advice! I’ve been so worried about this and I’d love to get some answers and guidance.