Gaining an active security clearance can give you an edge. Having a security clearance is akin to having a special certification or advanced degree on your resume. However, many people feel overwhelmed by the prospect of attempting to gain security clearance. The process is not always easy or clearly defined and can be challenging without support.
The legal team at Invictus Law wants to help shed light on the security clearance process and how you can find a sponsor.
Government Security Clearance
Are you looking for jobs in the defense or intelligence sectors? You may notice that several government positions require you to hold a security clearance before you can apply. Security clearance gives an individual authorization to access sensitive information generally forbidden to other individuals. The U.S. government has three different tiers of security clearance: Confidential Clearance, Secret Clearance, and Top-Secret Clearance.
To even be considered for security clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen. Next, an individual must pass a rigorous investigation process and background check. However, before the entire process can begin, you need security clearance sponsorship.
Who Can Sponsor Me for a Security Clearance?
Corporations, the military, and the U.S. government can sponsor an individual for security clearance. However, finding a sponsor can be daunting because it is an intensive and time-consuming process. Some of the most common sponsors of security clearances include:
- Department of Defense
- Department of State
- Department of Justice
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Energy
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Office of Personnel Management
Each government agency has a unique security clearance issuing authority and background standards. Sometimes, security clearance standards are different across different agencies.
How can you increase your chances of being sponsored for security clearance? Start by reading the job description you are applying to carefully. Be sure you have all the necessary skills and qualifications the organization is searching for in a candidate. Do your research. Understand what the position you want requires and show the organization how you are the ideal candidate to fill the vacancy. Sponsorship is time-consuming. An organization will not sponsor a candidate without knowing how this person will fit into the organization and what the job seeker can bring to the table. Additionally, you may wish to reach out to individuals in your network for support and advice.
The Application Process
Once your sponsorship beings, an intensive investigation into your background will commence. Generally, a security officer will be assigned to your case and conduct several screenings. The number and type of screenings required will depend on the level of security clearance and the organization. Most investigations will include a criminal background check and credit check. You may also need to provide references and additional information on your personal and professional relationships with others.
Security clearance can be denied if you do not provide accurate employment and financial records or supply incomplete references. If there are discrepancies in your documentation, missing information, or inappropriate social media content, the chances are high that your request for security clearance will result in denial.
Contact an Experienced Virginia Beach Military Law Attorney for Help
Have questions about the sponsorship process? Need help fighting a security clearance denial and mounting an appeal? Contact a skilled security clearance law attorney with Invictus Law for help. Our team understands the intricacies of obtaining a security clearance and can help you prepare for what’s ahead.
Contact our Virginia Beach office at 757-317-5125 to discuss your case. We can advise you of your options.