Working for a foreign gov't, having foreign contacts & education


I am new to the forum, I appreciate any words of advice and your time with my situation. I recently became a US citizen and decided to apply to the Federal government for a position that is very similar to what I did before. I worked for the Canadian government and was granted access to many sensitive systems including two American systems. I was not working in the military, or law enforcement for the Canadian government. The position I accepted in the US is the same except that I would be assessing US law (which I have experience in) and accessing more US databases.
I have never had any issues with security violations or abuse of IT systems. Never taken drugs, never abused alcohol. My position in Canada had a strict no drug or alcohol abuse policy. All my references and people I know are Canadian. There are a few who are American which I listed. All my work experience is Canadian. My education is Canadian.
I voted in Canadian elections prior to becoming a lawful US permanent resident. Since moving to the US, I receive no benefits from Canada bc I do not live there. I own no land or bank accounts. All taxes paid up to date. Credit is good. Since moving to the US, I registered to vote once I became a citizen. Abided by all laws.
I no longer work for the Canadian government (2 yrs). I voluntarily resigned to relocate with my family. I have official paper work to support this. I stated all my foreign travel and my passport. All this was indicated on my SF86. I have known my references for more than 7 yrs and we keep in touch regularly.
My prospective employer was made aware of my background. We discussed it during my interview.

I was not surprised when my interim clearance was denied. (Sept. 2019). The position requires me to obtain a Secret clearance. Is this even possible in my situation?
Always thank you in advance,

Interims are often denied these days. Not terribly unusual. I think what they do is look at the case and see if there are any areas which look like they will need further investigation; if there are, then they don’t grant the interim.

This has absolutely no bearing on getting a final clearance, you’ll just have to wait and endure the seemingly interminable wait. Fortunately you are applying for a federal position; there have been a number of reports of people having their job offer from a private contractor rescinded when they didn’t get an interim.

Thank you sbusquirrel! My husband is a US citizen with a TS. He has referenced me numerous times in his clearance paperwork. Not sure if this matters. I’ve referenced him in my SF86.
Good to know that they look at everything.

My personal opinion any investigator that is not getting work should be allowed an opportunity to become an adjudicator to help clear the backlog.

I am sorry in advance to any BI who has my file! LoL!

Not a bad idea. I read a couple articles saying that as they clear the backlog it increases the load on adjudicators. I think that even with “continuous evaluation” there will be a need for adjudicators. In my squirrelly opinion.

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“In my squirrelly opinion” - that’s awesome. :slight_smile:

I was denied an interim, but got my final after almost 18 months. Everyone is different, so yours could be sooner or later than 18 months. An interim denial has no bearing on your final adjudication. Also the foreign contacts and work should not be of any issue as far as you declare every work. One thing you could do is have people (references) who could/would confirm your foreign work and life. For example I had worked in foreign country for almost 5 years,but I had 2-3 people ready and willing to confirm my work.

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Unfortunately, you can’t just plug and play investigators, reviewers, and adjudicators. Each requires different training and specialization.

I am not saying someone can’t do all three, but not everyone can do any two.

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Not to mention many might have no desire to do it. I remember a conversation I had with a reviewer who told he would never want to do a BI’s job (nor would I have any desire to be a reviewer or an adjudicator).

Thank you redonions for your reply. All my references can attest to my work. 3 of my references were former supervisors. The remaining were colleagues.
I have an official copy of my college degree and transcripts just in case they are needed to.
Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.