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Obtaining a Security Clearance

For the most part, security clearances are obtained via the United States Department of Defense (DoD).  That is the procedure we will summarize in this article. Here, at The Lawscape Law Firm, the skilled attorneys on our team have worked with hundreds of applicants around the United States to help them obtain or maintain their security clearance.  We call upon our valuable experience and knowledge for their benefit.

Requirements of the Applicant

If an person’s job mandates security clearance, he or she will be required to:

  1. Complete specific forms
  2. Give their personal information
  3. Consent to a background investigation
  4. Get fingerprinted
  5. Potentially consent to a polygraph test
  6. Undergo multiple interviews
  7. Furnish contact information for acquaintances and people close to you, so that they may be interviewed

SF-86 Security Clearance Questionnaire

The Questionnaire for National Security Positions, is also known as the Standard Form (SF) 86.  It is employed by military personnel, government contractors, and government employees to apply for a Security Clearance. More recently, a new form titled SF86 Electronic Questionnaire for Investigation Processing (eQIP) has become available online. Nonetheless, it asks the same questions and requests the same information as the hard copy of the SF 86.

Completing the Form

When you are filling out this form, it is paramount to be completely honest in your responses to every question. You are at liberty to provide explanations for answers in the comments or continuation section if you see the need to. This form will require a great deal of your personal information, including current and former spouses, residential addresses for the last 10 years of your life, your employment history for the past 10 years, and time spent overseas. Be sure to make copies since you may need to refer to the same information in the future for applying to receive higher clearances.

Security Clearance Lawyers that are Highly Regarded Nationwide

Doubts may arise about sharing certain details while completing the SF86 form.  If this is the case, you may want to consider retaining a knowledgeable security clearance attorney. You will find the experience and knowledge you need in Attorney Alan Edmunds.  He can guide you through this process and take care of any doubts and questions you might have.

There must not be inconsistencies, incorrect details, or untruths are discovered in any of the documents you supply on your security clearance application.  If there are, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) might contact you to request clarification on these discrepancies. In some cases, you may be denied security clearance without the opportunity to explain yourself. If you come up against obstacles during the course of the application process or are denied security clearance, having a lawyer on your side can make a critical difference in changing the outcome.

Make Your Application for Security Clearance Today

The legal team at The Lawscape Law Firm has been helping clients in the field of national security clearance. If you would like to learn more about successfully applying for a security clearance, get in touch with one of our accomplished security clearance attorneys right away.

Our lawyers are nationally ranked and we are proud to provide our clients with effective representation. 

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