I have a questions regarding the foreign travel section on the SF86. I was formerly a member of the U.S. Antarctic Program and my last contract ended in 2012.
The first question is regarding Antarctica itself. The continent doesn’t show up on the drop down for “countries” because of course, it is not a country. The station I worked at is also a U.S. Station, so therefore I am still technically inside the U.S. much like embassy duty.
The second question is regarding how contractors get to the stations in Antarctica. That is, we are sent through New Zealand and issued a visitor visa that through an agreement with their government gets extended if a person extends their contract on the ice so there are no issues when a person is going home. So the questions are, will it not look odd to the investigator that I had a 9 month Visitor Visa to New Zealand? How do I explain that? Obviously I would be truthful since there is nothing wrong with the job I had, but I am just slightly afraid that I might get flagged since 9 months is a long time to be a “tourist”.