I am an outsider looking in, so please bear with me : )
Our son-in-law works for a big contractor on design for the military (and commercial?). He has some level of security clearance - he and our daughter talked of investigators talking to neighbors, etc. And he doesn’t say much about work. Although I think he once talked about wearing a pager in a room because he had to leave his phone outside the room. (not sure if there’s different levels of security clearance for contractors?)
Anyway, our daughter (who is a health care provider) is pregnant. My wife threw out the suggestion of maybe looking to get an au pair. Our daughter mentioned it to our son-in-law who kinda dismissed it out of hand. ‘You DO know who I work for?’.
I was talking to them and he’s saying things like a non-citizen can’t live with us’. Being curious, I was asking about a cleaning person - they might not be a US citizen. And him saying he thinks that’s OK? I was joking ‘they let someone in your house for hours at a time, but not overnight?!’
Anyway, I got the impression he might not have accurate info about what he can / can’t do. Reading posts here and elsewhere, I got the feeling that you just have to report the contact / situation. If (when?) they look into the person, if there’s a red flag, they will tell you to not deal with that person?
Ignore my screen name - I really am not. Just very curious.
Anyone care to field these questions? I realize the situation is vague, but from what you know and in general for someone with some sort of security clearance, working as an engineer (with PhD) at a contractor in future designs of military hardware… oh, and we’re only talking about someone who’s a citizen from a friendly country:
- is having a non-citizen a big deal to be in your house to clean for hours at a time? Stay overnight on an ongoing basis?
- Do you need pre-approval? or report afterwards? Seems if afterwards, and it’s a ‘bad’ person, they were already in your house and took what they wanted before there’s time to investigate?
- In general, you deal with who you want (in personal life and home care) and report afterwards? Or lock yourself in a box and only deal with us citizens?
- In reading posts… how do you even know when someone you are casual friends with / are neighbors if they are US citizens? Asking seems awkward? And if they are bad, they certainly aren’t going to be truthful.
- If it is a big deal, are there nanny / au pair agencies that specialize / deal with placing just us citizens?
Overall, would you say they don’t have to / do have to rule out someone helping with the baby / child and house while both parents are working?