I’m extremely anxious.
I’m a non-US citizen married to an American citizen, we both live abroad in a country that is not my country of citizenship. We both have very good and well paid jobs.
I’ve never lived in the US and don’t have a green card since we’d never planned to move to the USA.
My husband has been offered a job that would take us both out of our current country of residence to yet a different 3rd country (meaning not the US nor my country of origin).
He is required to fill out an SF86 form on eQIP in order to get a Top Secret clearance.
They are also making me fill out an SF85 through eQIP even though I wouldn’t be working, just living in the same government provided housing.
I had an addiction to marihuana over 20 years ago, the addiction was sustained for 3 years in yet a different country where I was living with my parents when I was young, I was never caught nor was I selling or trafficking it. Save for being asked point blank about it, I don’t know if something that happened so long in the past will arise from the investigation of a non-US citizen, nor Green Card holder spouse of a man who is an SF86 applicant. My SF85 only asks about the last 7 years, which I have been of course responded accurately.
Now, here is my biggest dilemma:
If I’m found out during the interview process that I, not him, used drugs 20 years ago, would that:
a) Hurt his chances of getting the job
b) Be on the record, and accessed by the USCIS to later determine whether that I’m ineligible for a Green Card in the event of me and my husband ever moving to the US.
Interestingly enough, it seems that for a TS clearance for a US Citizen an identical drug situation could be easily mitigated, however for a non-US citizen and non-permanent resident, it seems like the immigration (and SF85 clearance?) consequences could be insurmountable given the fact that US Immigration law treats past drug addiction, no matter how far in the past, as grounds for inadmissibility.
Could it be that one alien could get somehow an SF85 clearance and yet not be allowed to ever live in the US? So in between assignments, during the home leave times I couldn’t live with my husband? Does that make sense?
What are your thoughts?
I am vexed, but hopefully not hexed!