I am filling out my SF-86 now, and I am having some trouble figuring out who exactly I need to list as foreign contacts. I have been fortunate to travel quite a lot over the past few years (mostly to Europe, but once to southern Africa), and I am currently working for an international organization in Europe where I am one of the only Americans. Because of this, my list of foreign contacts is looking like it could be quite long.
I am aware that the form itself specifies “close and continuing contact over seven years” and also that the relationship must be “bound by affection, influence, common interests, and/or obligation.”
I was certainly planning on listing the 5 or 6 coworkers with whom I interact daily, but what about those others that I might chat with for about 15 minutes once or twice a week?
Also, about three years ago, I had a brief fling with a French woman that lasted about a week. We texted one another after I left for another week or two. Since then, I have had zero contact with this woman, and I doubt I would even recognize her if I passed her on the street. Seeing as how the relationship was “affectionate” but has since stopped, is this someone that I should list as well?
Lastly, I have had friends that have already gone through this process suggest that I go through my social media and delete foreign friends with whom I don’t really communicate as a means of speeding up the process. Is this something that any of you would advice? I don’t want to make it look like I am trying to “hide” anything or something along those lines.
Thank you all so much in advance for your help!