Grew up in another country


#1

Hi, I’m a US citizen but grew up in another country[also a citizen there too]. Most of my family members still live outside of the US including my "______"in-law. Would that be a problem when obtaining my clearance? I have no DUI/Drug use/gamble/felon but been evicted a few times many years ago[under different names].


#2

It depends on the level of clearance and, to some extent, the sponsor. I work for a cleared defense contractor, we have a number of foreign-born US citizens with Secret, and quite a few with Top Secret… but practically none with SCI (though I have met some from other companies).

So it is probably not a show stopper, but might result in a longer investigation/adjudication.


#3

Wondering - is there any particular reason why your company doesn’t have any foreign born US citizens (or naturalized citizens) with TS/SCI? Guidelines should similarly apply to all US citizens regardless of birth country.


#4

The only explanation I ever got that made any sense was that the government customers don’t want to bother with the complicated investigation UNLESS the company says it is absolutely essential. And that usually ends the discussion.

Now, I have met people who have been hired directly by the government who grew up in foreign countries including some of the dodgy ones.


#5

Cool, that’s what I thought but just wanted to make sure. We live in an increasingly global environment, with the best and brightest hailing from all over the world these days. I worry that many of them are unable to outlast the very long process, however, which is oftentimes a loss to the US.


#6

Dual citizenship is a huge red flag for the higher tier clearances as you are demonstrating allegiance to another nation by retaining the second citizenship.


#7

Absolutely. It should be a red flag. But a naturalized US citizen does not in any way imply an individual also bears dual citizenship. Not in the least.


#8

Hi, I’m a US citizen but grew up in another country [also a citizen there too]. Most of my family members still live outside of the US including my "______"in-law. Would that be a problem when obtaining my clearance? I have no DUI/Drug use/gamble/felon but been evicted a few times many years ago[under different names].


#9

Uncle Sam, any updates for you?


#10

What about Public Trust? For example, non-sensitive moderate risk (Tier 2).


#11

Those should be on a quicker time-frame.