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5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

Kyle Stone |

August 18, 2008

Step 5: Clearance Granted

Most candidates and applicants will be granted clearance; sometimes, complicating factors and derogatory findings are more likely to delay or decision than to result in the immediate denial of a security clearance.

What Can Prevent Me from Obtaining a Clearance?
Prior felonies, drug use, bad credit, extensive travel overseas, living in frowned upon countries, mental health conditions — these types of things can slow down the investigation process and may prevent you from receiving a clearance altogether.

If a lifestyle review is conducted, your ability to answer truthfully to legal questions is taken into account. Personal conduct, sexual behavior, alcohol consumption, foreign preference (dual citizenships), outside activities and associations are all topics that are fair game.

Interim Security Clearances
If issues of concern surface during any phase of security processing, coverage is expanded to resolve those issues. At lower levels, interim clearances may be issued to individuals who are presently under investigation, but whom have passed some preliminary, automatic process. Such automatic processes include things such as credit checks, felony checks, and so on. An interim clearance may be denied (although the final clearance may still be granted) for having a large amount of debt or having admitted to seeing a doctor for a mental health condition.

Formal clearances usually are processed and investigated in less than 90 days.

Learn more about the security clearance process by reviewing official FAQs concerning security clearances.

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