First, a comment. I’ve seen lots of posters ask about timelines for passing their secret clearances, and the responses are usually that it takes months or to up to a year or more. However, my situation is that my employer is going to issue an interim clearance enabling me to start working while I wait for the entirety of the clearance to go through. It may be that way with others, too. It would be worth checking into.
Second, my concern. My particular job will require me to move 300 miles away. It’ll be great getting an interim clearance so I can start working (assuming the interim goes through) - but I can’t very well move my family once I start working in case a disqualification comes up while I’m waiting on the remainder of it to go through. (Just imagine if my family and I sold our house, bought a new one in the new city, then four months later something came up that disqualified me from this secret clearance? Then I would be stuck, jobless, in a town with no other real opportunities for me in my job field). In the meantime, I’m having to live in a hotel or a room-for-rent for up to a year and only able to see my family sporadically during all that time due to the huge distance. It would really suck since I have small kids. Has anyone else run into this scenario, and how did you deal with it?