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Previously on "Security Clearance (SC) Q&A Read first before asking questions"

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  • northernladuk
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    Originally posted by WTFH View Post

    His underlining was to "hide" a link to a URL, probably promoting a business he is involved with.
    We've had this kind of thing a bit but it never fails to surprise me when someone does this veil posting inc their business but asks a really stupid question. I remember years ago some guy pushing his business either in his links or in the post text as well as user name and asked a particularly stupid question and got ripped a new one which then became the number 1 google result for his company for a while. They say any exposure is good exposure or something but I'd have to disagree in that instance.

    Good spot though thanks.

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  • WTFH
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    Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

    Why the underlining? Your post looks awful.
    His underlining was to "hide" a link to a URL, probably promoting a business he is involved with.

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  • northernladuk
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    Originally posted by letexchange View Post
    Recently been offered a job, however, it requires security clearance (SC Cleared). The recruiter stated, that it is only basic checks, and will take 20 to 30 days. Reading around online, and looking at the SC forms on the government website has me confused, because they look like they require huge amounts of information (the recruiter said they would not need much info), and lots of people stating that it will take months, some cases even longer for clearance?

    So, are there sub-levels of "Security Clearance", or is the recruiter just downplaying the process?

    All input appreciated
    Why the underlining? Your post looks awful.

    I very much doubt you've done much reading online if you are having to ask what the sub levels of clearance are. Nearly every article I found started by explaining all the different levels. It's security clearance 101.

    If you are struggling to find and understand such basic levels of information I'd also spent a good amount of time researching and understanding of your responsibilities in an SC cleared job as well.
    Last edited by WTFH; 19 July 2022, 13:24. Reason: Mod edit to match the clean up of the quoted post

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  • mallisarealperson
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    If you look on the right hand side of this forum there is a section called Security Clearance.

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  • letexchange
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    Recently been offered a job, however, it requires security clearance (SC Cleared). The recruiter stated, that it is only basic checks, and will take 20 to 30 days. Reading around online, and looking at the SC forms on the government website has me confused, because they look like they require huge amounts of information (the recruiter said they would not need much info), and lots of people stating that it will take months, some cases even longer for clearance?

    So, are there sub-levels of "Security Clearance", or is the recruiter just downplaying the process?

    All input appreciated
    Last edited by WTFH; 19 July 2022, 13:23. Reason: Mod Edited to remove hyperlink and underlining

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  • Lance
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    Originally posted by suebfg View Post
    If I was granted SC clearance for a contract that I then didn't start (because it took too long), is my SC clearance still valid if it is within 12 months of being granted?
    you will still be "SC cleared" but whether the clearance is suitable for another client is not guaranteed..

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  • suebfg
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    If I was granted SC clearance for a contract that I then didn't start (because it took too long), is my SC clearance still valid if it is within 12 months of being granted?

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  • malvolio
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    Originally posted by gb7
    Thank you, Lance, for your positive input - most helpful. The form does mention temporary accommodation hence my confusion but of course, someone of my limited mental capacity is bound to misunderstand.

    On the topic of addresses, I will message you with my current address for the postage of my medal for “dumbest question ever asked”. What an honour.
    Or you could think about what they are actually asking. Have you stayed in a country that is considered risky by the UK, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Belarus, Syria....

    They will know if you have, they are testing if you are honest enough to tell them about it. If you haven't, then your usual address(es) would be enough. If they aren't happy with your answers, then either they will ask for clarification, or, rather more likely, simply stop processing your forms until you provide the right answer. (For example, one colleague's clearance was held up for months until he discovered his ex had run up some unpaid bills on his credit card; once paid off, clearance magically appeared that week).

    I know we always say "answer the questions as honestly as you can", but applying a little awareness answers most of the questions people have raised,

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  • Lance
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    Originally posted by gb7
    Hello, just looking for some advice from others who may have been in a similar position - have read this forum but can't see it asked before...

    The majority of my previous self-employment has involved travelling around the UK and a couple of weeks staying in Europe. Over the past 5 years this totals roughly 40 addresses, many of them were only stayed at for 6 days before moving on to the next. Others were stayed at for a month or two. None of them have been officially 'registered' addresses - I've always been registered at one permanent home address for this work. Many of them were friends' houses or informal AirBnB style arrangements (no tenancy agreement etc.). Is it necessary to list every single one? I'm worried that the volume of addresses might impact my application and also that I can't remember the exact address of somewhere I stayed for 6 days 5 years ago.

    Thanks in advance
    really?????
    Possibly the dumbest question asked in this forum. Hence why it's never been asked before. The bar is already quite low. So congratulations are in order.

    The answer is quite obvious. You declare your permanent residences. Not every hotel/AirBNB you have stayed in. There is a difference between "lived here" and "stayed here".

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  • malvolio
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    And I forgot to mention.... Why assume they don't have acess to your answers already?

    Think about what they are checking....

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  • David71
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    Originally posted by Pete30 View Post

    I think my question was more like - "Do they ask an evidence for the employment I had in 2004? as I don't have it. If they ask such questions, I would rather say NO to SC"
    As DV only covers the last 10 years of employment then I don't think SC is going to be worried about 2004.

    FYI: for my NPPV3 and (weirdly) my FAC I've answered 'Yes but I can't really remember the details' to a few questions and never had a major issue; as in 'Yes, I've had a few speeding tickets over the years but I can't remember the exact number or dates but I never had more than 6 points at any one time and they were all fixed penalties and not court summonses'.

    Don't over think it....if you've got an SC role to apply for then, as many others have said, just fill in the form honestly and as best you can; if you don't get the clearance they don't chuck you in jail!

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  • malvolio
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    Originally posted by Pete30 View Post

    I think my question was more like - "Do they ask an evidence for the employment I had in 2004? as I don't have it. If they ask such questions, I would rather say NO to SC"
    They do actually, but they are pragmatic about it. There's room to expand on stuff, including that one.

    Think about what they are asking. Things like are you concealing time in jail or taking training courses in Afghanistan.

    Also the vetting agency aren't the only people in play. Their findings will inform someone closer to the role who makes the final call

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  • Pete30
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    Originally posted by malvolio View Post

    Would that not constitute a security risk or away yo game the system...?

    Answer the questions honestly to the best of your knowledge. That's all the advice we can give.
    I think my question was more like - "Do they ask an evidence for the employment I had in 2004? as I don't have it. If they ask such questions, I would rather say NO to SC"

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  • David71
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    Looks like the SC form (National security vetting 001) link is broken on the government publications website but the DV form (National security vetting 002) makes interesting reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/public...curity-vetting

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  • David71
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    Originally posted by Pete30 View Post

    Is there anyway I could see SC questionnaire. Is this available to public. I would like to get a glimpse of all inputs required for SC application?
    Have a poke around here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collec...curity-vetting

    Not sure if the form itself is there but plenty of guidance and links to follow.

    It's the UKSVs (or what-ever they are calling themselves nowadays) own site.

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