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Influence of Spouse's nationality and my length of citizenship for getting a Secret Clearance?

Asked by tony16 (6points) November 23rd, 2009

1. My spouse is living with me. She is a greencard holder (legal US Permanent Resident) but a citizen of Bangladesh.
2. My parents are not US resident, they are citizens of Bangladesh and residing over there.
3. I am a US Citizen and became a US citizen 2 months back.

I heard a few cases where Top Secret clearance was denied because of a foreign national spouse. But have not heard any case regarding Secret Clearance. I also heard that if I have not been a US Citizen for at least 1 year, the clearance is not given.

I am about to get a job offer that requires Secret Clearance (not Top Secret). Can anyone (preferably an investigator) tell me whether the above conditions will be a problem for me to get a Secret Clearance?

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Harp's avatar

According to the GAO, the citizenship status of spouses and family members is not considered in applications for basic confidential/security clearance (see table 1, about two-thirds of the way down this document). The same table indicates that for this level of clearance, the length of citizenship of the applicant is not an issue.

Harp's avatar

Edit:: I meant to write “basic confidential/secret clearance”

jackm's avatar

No one official would answer the question. I work for the DoD and I do know that your situation will certainly influence their decision though. It won’t make it impossible to receive the clearence, but it may take longer.

Judi's avatar

@jackm ; How the heck were you able to infiltrate fluther?~

zephyr826's avatar

@tony16 welcome to fluther. Good luck on your clearance.

jackm's avatar


years of hard work and now I just blew my cover on answering this question.

tony16's avatar

Thanks everyone, that was very helpful.

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