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#1 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:58:12 AM(UTC)

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I'm looking for any guidance or advice on how concerned I should be about losing my existing clearance. I've had a TS clearance for 16 years and recently married a citizen of Russia. She has lived in the US for 4 years now and will apply for citizenship when eligible next year. All her relatives are naturalized US citizens that have lived in the US for decades. She does own a small property in Russia that generates a less than $200 a month in rent. I've promptly reported everything to my security manager as required and have heard nothing back. Any thoughts on whether this situation would be considered high risk by an adjudicator?

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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2019 1:56:05 PM(UTC)

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A lot of it will depend on which agency you are cleared with and what programs you are working on. I take it she was a legal permanent resident (LPR) when you met? That's a plus (as opposed to the situation where there could be a question as to whether somebody was seeking marriage to gain residency). The foreign financial holdings will definitely attract some attention; I know that's one of the questions that always ask. And since your wife owns it, I guess you own it now.

You did the right thing by reporting it promptly... I assume it was prompt :)

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#3 Posted : Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:28:21 AM(UTC)

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You did right reporting -- not reporting could have quickly cost you the clearance. Hopefully you reported the foreign association when you started dating and did not wait until you were married to report the relationship.

Don't be surprised if you are visited by a background investigator (especially if you work for DoD or DoE) to discuss your spouse and your new in-laws.
*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
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