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The Lawscape Law Firm has a great deal of experience working with clients to gain national security clearance or reply to a government denial of security clearance. The application process for national security clearance starts with filling out an exhaustive questionnaire.  The questionnaire is an inquiry into every corner of your life-both present and past.

The directions on the questionnaire for national security positions read:

“Background investigations for national security positions are conducted to gather information to show whether you are reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the U.S…

Additionally, the authorities also make inquiries about your adherence to security requirements, integrity and honesty.  They assess your potential vulnerability to exploitation or coercion, falsification, misrepresentation.  Any and all behavior, activities, or associations that may give the impression that the applicant is not reliable, trustworthy, or loyal come under scrutiny.

Background Check: Things You Should Know

Upon filing your completed questionnaire, government investigators check the veracity of your answers worldwide and take a thorough look into your background.

A background check can go back seven to ten years in the past, and includes:

Verifying your previous addresses and employment records

  • Interviewing your siblings, acquaintances, coworkers and friends-even your ex-spouse may be interviewed
  • Verification of your identity
  • Alien registration or naturalization documents
  • Investigating your medical history, including your of mental health
  • Checking your credit reports
  • Delinquent loans or taxes, bankruptcies, judgments, liens, or other financial obligations
  • Reviewing your police record
  • Looking into any use of drugs and alcohol
  • Scrutinizing any public records of civil court actions
  • Speaking with three people who know you well that live in the United States, who are not related to you, and with whom you’ve been associated for at least the past seven years; these may include peers, colleagues, college roommates or close friends
  • Documents Required for the Personal Interview
  • Part of the investigative process might include a personal interview to which you are asked to bring any documents regarding:
  • Agreements regarding child custody or support, alimony, or property settlements
  • Arrests, convictions, probation, and/or parole


Due to the extensive nature of this investigation, it makes good sense to hire a well-qualified attorney to help you with the forms and preparation for your interview. You will more than likely will ask questions about how to respond to portions of the questionnaire, what to do before your interview and which documents to furnish. The whole process can be overwhelming. That said, the support and knowledge of a highly respected national security clearance attorney, such as those at The Lawscape Law Firm, are essential to getting you ready for the investigation.

In The Event That Your Security Clearance Is Denied

Should your security clearance be denied, there is an appeals process available to you. In the course of this process, it is crucial to have a successful, specialized lawyer work with you every step of the way. The Lawscape Law Firm has been assisting applicants in appeals for security position denials for over 40 years.

Get in Touch With The Lawscape Law Firm for Your Private Consultation

To get in touch with an experienced national security clearance attorney who has been successful in a multitude of appeals cases or who has successfully guided applicants through the national security application process, call The Lawscape Law Firm. We are at your disposal to assist you with any genre of national security clearance matter.


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