I just accepted a job offer from a government contractor. I haven’t had a security clearance before, so the whole process is very overwhelming to me. I ended up hiring a lawyer to help me through the entire process of filling out the forms, to make sure that I don’t misinterpret anything and make a mistake. After completing the SF-86 through e-QIP today (I didn’t certify it yet unless I am 100% sure I don’t need to make any changes), the lawyer reviewed it and told me everything looks great EXCEPT for the part where I have two immediate family members who are living in the Philippines.
Here is my background:
I moved here in 2005, and became a U.S. Citizen in 2011 and automatically lost my Philippine citizenship as a result.
My Philippine passport has been expired since 12/2007 and I never left the country since I arrived here.
I sponsored my mother to come to the U.S. in 2012 and she became a Green Card holder, but she is currently residing in the Philippines. The original plan was for her to be able to come and visit us and her grandkids at least once a year. We couldn’t do this with a tourist visa because in order for her to get a tourist visa, she needs to show evidence that she can afford her trip and that she has enough assets and ties to return to the Philippines. In short, she needs to be rich to get a tourist visa, but she is just an ordinary English teacher at a private Christian school in the Philippines.
My sister is also just an ordinary citizen who works as an HR specialist in a call center. We don’t talk to each often, mostly an occasional hi and hello on Facebook. We don’t talk on the phone or skype either.
Everything else in my background is clean: No financial/credit problems, no drug/alcohol abuse, no police records or driving violations, no mental or personality disorders, no criminal conduct/history, etc…
The lawyer only pointed out my relationship with my mother and sister, and that if not mitigated, can result to a denial of an interim clearance. However, she said that with all the detailed information I provided that I have a strong probability that I will get the SECRET clearance. However, my job is contingent on the interim clearance, and I am afraid that my this is going to cost me the job that I worked so hard to get. I want to know other’s opinion on this.
Can this be a sole disqualifying factor of not getting my interim clearance? What other mitigating factors do you think I could add to my SF-86? I’ve read somewhere in the Internet that I can add more information in the comments section under each relative to explain that none of them would “not constitute an unacceptable risk” and that they " are not agents of a foreign power or in a position to be exploited by a foreign power in a way that could force them to choose between loyalty to the person/s involved and the United States".
Thank you for any advice and thoughts on this matter.