So I was accepted for an immigration services officer position at USCIS back in March, and was given an E-QIP to finish in late May. The interviews are done and its off to adjudications but I have a few problems.
I took psilocybin mushrooms back in 2015 on one occasion. I swore to never do it again noting the many reasons why I feel it inappropriate for Americans to do it, let alone someone who works for the federal government. They asked who I did it with and I told them their full names, but was unable to find someone for them to interview that could confirm this use of mushrooms (I provided two people who are aware of the time I did it but put “I don’t know” on the form the investigator gave them).
There was another case of marijuana use in October of 2017, who I was able to find someone to confirm the use of and who I did it with.
I have attended a couple international organizations in Taiwan, worked for a couple of Taiwanese academic journals, have quite a few foreign contacts from this time abroad and even had a mix-up with immigration at the Taiwanese border, but none of these things seemed to be an issue in regards to getting people interviewed to confirm it (or it did not concern the investigator).
What are my chances of getting a Secret clearance considering my failure to provide someone who can confirm this single case of mushroom use? I really don’t have anyone else they could interview. Even if I do get it, how long will this process honestly take? What should I do to mitigate the chances of USCIS dropping me in the meantime? I’ve already had one security clearance with the State Department literally just never come to fruition for an internship I was supposed to do in college, so I’m stressed out about what seems to be ineffectual clearance processes.