My case has been long stuck in adjudication (1.5 years), each time I called my FSO, they always fed back saying it’s under ‘adjudication’.
Last week, I got interim denial notice, and my status changed from ‘Pending Secret’ to ‘Pending Eligibility’. Is this normal? I thought ‘Pending Secret’ is more advanced (closer to final decision) than ‘Pending Eligibility’, if that’s true, my case now goes backwards, LOL.
So I’m thinking if I need to hire a lawyer and check my files, find potential trouble spots, and add documents (explanations, documents, evidence, etc.) to help mitigate the issues during the investigation.
So I consulted some lawyers, some told me that you can’t do anything before you get SOR (statement of reasons), so I’m basically wasting money if I work with lawyers now; others told me to take actions ASAP to affect the investigation process such that it may end with an approval instead of SOR.
Does anyone here has experience or knowledge which one is right/true? Working with lawyers is expensive and not easy (you have to chase them some time), I need to know if it’s helpful to spend money on lawyers now. Also feel free to provide your insights on hiring and working with clearance lawyers, it seems I have to do it now or later.