Frequently asked questions about SC Clearance

10 Oct 2012

As the demand for professionals with SC Clearance grows we are seeing similar questions being asked about the SC Clearance process so, here at SC Cleared Jobs, we thought it would be valuable to answer these questions to help those who are trying to land an SC Cleared Job and to clear up a few common misconceptions.

Here are the most common questions surrounding SC Clearance.

What is SC Clearance?

In a nutshell, it is a check to ensure you are not a risk to security and confirm that you are who you say you are - checking professional and personal references. 

They also need to check your susceptibility to blackmail - so bank balances and general financial history must be analysed along with criminals history, marital status etc. For SC Clearance level this is not carried out in great depth but it is checked carefully. 

They will then check their findings alongside the answers you provided on the SC Clearance form, if you omit or lie about anything then you risk failing; the best advice we can give is to be completely honest.

Should I declare juvenile offences, criminal convictions and police cautions when applying for SC Clearance?

A common misconception is that Juvenile offences, offences made under the age of 18, are cleared after a certain age. This is not entirely true and all convictions and cautions are traceable. If you were arrested as a juvenile you may think it is irrelevant and you needn't bother declaring it on your SC Clearance form but you would be wrong. This is the worst thing you can do, it will be found out during the test so we strongly advise that you declare any convictions and even police cautions.

If you have not been in trouble since and can prove you have changed the error of your ways then you have nothing to worry about. If you are really concerned that your past is going to affect your SC Clearance and your SC Cleared Job, it is advisable to include a letter with your application form explaining what happened - honesty is always the best policy.

Can I gain SC Clearance if I am not a British Passport holder?

Providing you have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and have proof of this then you are eligible to apply for SC Clearance. Do bear in mind that some SC Cleared Jobs require you to hold SC Clearance AND have a British Passport so double check when reading SC Cleared Job vacancies.

I have debts, will I still gain SC Clearance?

It is entirely down to what the debt is for. For instance, if you are in debt because your business failed and you are still paying back the loan payments then it should not be a problem. Whereas if you have bad credit history it will be a lot harder to gain SC Clearance, but still possible. They are mainly detecting whether you are susceptible to blackmail - if you are honest and tell them exactly why you are in debt then it should not be a problem.

The main point to take away from this is that Security Clearance is to detect whether you are trustworthy, so never omit anything from the form - they will find out.

Search our latest SC Cleared Jobs and read our Security Clearance article to find out more about the process.

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