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Stewart Smith Updated July 15, Do you want a job that requires you to know and share secret government information? If so, you will require a security clearance. A security clearance depending upon the level of secrecy of the information you will work with will require a lie detector, a special background investigation SBI , and criminal and financial background checks. Computer programmers, intelligence analysts, even foreign relations and linguists with the government or contracting companies will require higher level secruity clearances to obtain.

Applying for a clearance requires the applicant to be working for a government approved contractor, holding political office, or working with some government entity.

For you to even apply, this entity must sponsor you. There are no individual applications for a security clearance. The Security Clearance Form, and its equivalent electronic version eQIP , have evolved over the years and the latest version was revised in December Advice For Completing The Form Be completely honest when answering all of the personal and business questions.

Completely honest is defined as "do not lie when answering the direct questions, but you also must not have lies of omission. Or your clearance will require further scrutiny and could be significantly delayed - even up to a year or more. Until you fully explain your foreign dealings, the government can restrict your ability to access classic information which may prevent you from doing your job depending upon the job requirements. If necessary, provide any explanation for how you answered a particular question in the comments or continuation section.

When in doubt, provide an explanation. You must provide your residential addresses for the last 10 years, do not leave any gaps in time. If you split your time between multiple residences during a time period, you must list all residences, not just the permanent address. This is why you need to make copies. If you have moved several times, this list can get long. You may require much of the same information in the future as higher clearances are sought.

You are not required to list temporary locations of less than 90 days that did not serve as a permanent or mailing address. If a residence was in an apartment complex, include the name of the complex and the unit number. If your name was not on the lease, then include the name of the individual who was on the rental or lease agreement. Also, include residences while in college. However, if these temporary residences are with foreigners or in foreign countries, you must add those details.

You must provide your employment history for the last 10 years, do not leave any gaps in time. List all full or part-time employment, in chronological order. If the government or a large organization was your employer, identify the specific department, bureau, division, section, or unit where you actually worked.

Physical addresses, not post office boxes, are required so our Regional Security Officers can properly locate your residence. If you have spent time overseas, provide references who are in the United States now and who can corroborate or verify your overseas activities. If necessary, this information can be added in the continuation section of the SF The OPM works in several broad categories to recruit, retain a world-class workforce for the government.

The OPM also conducts background investigations for prospective employees with hundreds of thousands of cases each year. If you have relationships with foreigners or family members, be sure to disclose any and all contacts.

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