TS Clearance and international contacts for a BI job


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I was born overseas and have lived overseas for many years before moving to the U.S. As such, I have an extensive list of foreign contacts, mostly in the country of my birth (a friendly country). They are family and friends.

I have lived in the United States for over two decades and have been a citizen for over a decade. I have an absolutely clean background.

I have applied for a BI position with CSRA and will be having my second interview with them soon. I have a few questions about the clearance process (they told me I’d need a tier 5 TS clearance).

  1. What bearing would the fact that I was born and have lived abroad for many years have on my prospects for obtaining a clearance? What would be a reasonable estimate in terms of the time it’d take?

  2. What kind of investigation do they do overseas? In other words, do they interview each of my foreign contacts with whom I have had a continuing relationship (as defined in SF 86)? I’m afraid if they interview all of the people I list it would take ages.

  3. Who does the interviews/investigation overseas? Do they liaise with foreign govt agencies?

The following question is out of curiosity about the process

  1. Are the field and subject interviews here in the U.S. for a BI position done by other BI’s from the OPM, or does a different agency conduct them?

Thank you for your help!