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I have the higher one but not from DOD. Got it a year after naturalization. Also have another country citizenship and it was not a problem (never renewed my birth country passport after it expired).

I don't know what it's like now in the post-Snowden and others times. I know it's taking a lot longer these days but folks are still getting them. Mine took around 4 months total at that time.


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3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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I have the higher one but not from DOD. Got it a year after naturalization. Also have another country citizenship and it was not a problem (never renewed my birth country passport after it expired).

I don't know what it's like now in the post-Snowden and others times. I know it's taking a lot longer these days but folks are still getting them. Mine took around 4 months total at that time.

Thnx for the reply.So did u actually got hired for the job,worked there while waiting for the security clearance results?Is it how it works?

Also,can u go to your home country once you obtain these type of clearance?

Since u have relatives,family and ties to another country,did they ask any question about these?

Thnx again.

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Depending on the work you do ( project specific ) you may have to report ANY trip outside the US and any foreign nationals you have contact with. Because Canada and most of Europe are on good terms with us this is not much of a big deal just a pain ( keep a log book to make life easy if you find yourself in this position. The more international your immediate family is the bigger an issue it becomes.. You might find it a bigger hassle to go bowling every week with someone with ties to a country that supports terror than going to spend holidays with family.


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Thnx for the reply.So did u actually got hired for the job,worked there while waiting for the security clearance results?Is it how it works?

Also,can u go to your home country once you obtain these type of clearance?

Since u have relatives,family and ties to another country,did they ask any question about these?

Thnx again.

No, after my interview I received a conditional offer of employment- pending security clearance and medical clearances. Once that was done I was offered a slot in the upcoming intake classes and started 3 months later.

Yes, I have gone back for visits to my home country - I average about once a year for a week or two. Never been an issue. It's just a matter of keeping track when I traveled, with whom, place I stayed at and who I interacted with - this is for periodic security clearance update.

When you start paperwork for your clearance you'll have to list all your friends, relatives, neighbors, landlords, coworkers and supervisors. This includes overseas ones and they'll then go talk to all these people. That's why it takes a while.


Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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No, after my interview I received a conditional offer of employment- pending security clearance and medical clearances. Once that was done I was offered a slot in the upcoming intake classes and started 3 months later.

Yes, I have gone back for visits to my home country - I average about once a year for a week or two. Never been an issue. It's just a matter of keeping track when I traveled, with whom, place I stayed at and who I interacted with - this is for periodic security clearance update.

When you start paperwork for your clearance you'll have to list all your friends, relatives, neighbors, landlords, coworkers and supervisors. This includes overseas ones and they'll then go talk to all these people. That's why it takes a while.

thnx so much!

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Remember that holding a security clearance grants you access to sensitive information, having ties to a foreign country, specially dual citizenship will probably bring red flags to your application, depending on your case, they might make you renounce your other citizenship.

It might be not a huge deal with a Confidential or Secret Level clearance, but a Top Secret one will definitely bring red flags.

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I have the higher one but not from DOD. Got it a year after naturalization. Also have another country citizenship and it was not a problem (never renewed my birth country passport after it expired).

I don't know what it's like now in the post-Snowden and others times. I know it's taking a lot longer these days but folks are still getting them. Mine took around 4 months total at that time.

What do you mean the higher? 4 months check and 1 year gave you the higher? In translation?

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What do you mean the higher? 4 months check and 1 year gave you the higher? In translation?

OP mentioned S and TS. TS would be the higher one.


Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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