I was recently offered a job in DHS conditioning getting a Secret Clearance and background investigation (BI). I’m naturalize US citizen and have travelled for past 3-4 years each year for a month to Ukraine for medical treatment. Last year I was laid off and went to Ukraine for 3 months and then I traveled to Russia to see Hermitage Museum for a month. I was wondering if traveling to Russia and Ukraine will have any effect on getting a secret Clearance?
Did you travel on a U.S. passport or an a foreign passport?
U.S. Passport. I only have U.S. citizenship.
It will be looked at for sure. Foreign travel isn’t uncommon in the slightest. However, some countries are looked at much more closely. I would anticipate a slower than usual process but it doesn’t eliminate you just because you travel there.
Looks like amberbunny covered it. You should be fine in the long run, but may take some time.
Again, not an adjudicator, just an investigator.