In assessing an applicant’s ability to resist foreign influence adjudicators may consider the degree to which an applicant has assimilated American culture and displayed undivided loyalty to the United States by: • Applying for U. Interim clearances are problematic when any security issue exists.
The existence of current foreign connections can create a presumption of foreign influence.
When someone obtains a security clearance, the government is making a decision to allow that person access to classified information.
But qualifying for a clearance goes beyond just a single individual.
The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) reviews a variety of security clearance denials based an applicant’s romantic relationship with a current or former foreign national.
Often, these clearances are denied under Guideline B, Foreign Influence, because “…If an applicant or their spouse has a close relationship with even one relative, living in a foreign country, this factor alone is sufficient to create the potential for foreign influence and could potentially result in the compromise of classified information.”, your romantic relationship with a foreign-born person is not, as a matter of law, disqualifying under Guideline B.
The two met online and following several visits to the U. Sharing living quarters with a foreign national, regardless of citizenship status, creates a heightened risk of foreign inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion, according to Guideline B ¶ 7(d).
Others who marry (or reside with) a foreign national, who have foreign financial/business interests, or who maintain close and continuing contact with foreigners are also affected. There are two other related criteria—Foreign Preference and Outside Activities—that sometimes affect these same applicants.* Foreign Influence has been a significant concern when considering people for security clearances.
Others who marry (or reside with) a foreign national, who have foreign financial/business interests, or who maintain close and continuing contact with foreigners are also affected.
The security significance of these foreign contacts can be measure by the extent to which an applicant: • Maintains contact with foreign friends, family members, or professional associates. • Maintains property or financial interests (including inheritance rights) outside the U. • Fails to report association with foreigners when required.
• Provides or receives material support to/from contacts outside the U. Foreign connections that “create a potential conflict of interest between the individual’s obligation to protect sensitive information and the individual’s desire to help a foreign person, group, government, or country by providing that information” are security concerns. • Participating in local non-ethnic social, community, political, or charitable groups.