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NewSkillz  
#881 Posted : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:24:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WaitingIsTheHardestPart Go to Quoted Post
Same!! Only the email address they said to reply to didn't work! Haha did anybody else have that issue?


Remove the “ic.”
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Q 12/20

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#882 Posted : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:25:56 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WaitingIsTheHardestPart Go to Quoted Post
Same!! Only the email address they said to reply to didn't work! Haha did anybody else have that issue?


Remove the “ic.”


I did, just thought it was funny. Thanks though!
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#883 Posted : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:59:49 AM(UTC)
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Got my email too! Excited to meet you all in December! :D
App: 10/18
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#884 Posted : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:09:03 AM(UTC)
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Got my email too! Excited to meet you all in December! :D

Looking forward to it!
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#885 Posted : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:44:22 PM(UTC)
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Doing alright I suppose. No new update on my end though, 30 months in. Hope all is well with you.

Originally Posted by: Dune Go to Quoted Post
As our thread is in danger of falling off the front page, I just wanted to drop in to see how everyone is doing.

Given how quiet the thread has been, it seems like a lot of us are stuck in different holding patterns and waiting for something to happen...
blueangels2019  
#886 Posted : Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:03:49 PM(UTC)
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Hey everyone!

I haven't posted publicly before, but I've been following this forum and waiting patiently right alongside all of you for the last two years. Just wanted to finally introduce myself and be more than a lurker, especially if some of us end up in class together :)

I'm glad to see that some of you are receiving invitations for Q in December! I have not had a date change in almost 11 months, but have my fingers crossed every day for the good news. I figured I'd post up my timeline for reference in case it's helpful for anyone. Has anyone gotten word on when the next class will be? March maybe? Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, healthy, and happy!

App: 10/2018
P1: 12/2018
P2: 12/2018
P3: 06/2019
CJO: 07/2019
Poly: 09/2019
Background/Reference Contacts: 12/2019
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#887 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2020 6:16:43 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BlackMambaIC Go to Quoted Post
Doing alright I suppose. No new update on my end though, 30 months in. Hope all is well with you.

Originally Posted by: Dune Go to Quoted Post
As our thread is in danger of falling off the front page, I just wanted to drop in to see how everyone is doing.

Given how quiet the thread has been, it seems like a lot of us are stuck in different holding patterns and waiting for something to happen...



I passed Phase I and a Phase II in 2016! Then discontinued due to “prescreening”. Reapplied in the 2018 cycle and passed Phase 3 a year ago. Now waiting on adjudication. Had a date change in early August but nothing since. Hang in there!
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What's the general consensus on contacting your AC for an update? My references were contacted in May and it's been radio silent since. I know being patient is key in this process....but after that two year mark it gets really hard not to ask for an update.
App: 10/13/18
P1: 12/4
P2: 12/6
P2 Pass: 1/3/19
P3: 11/5
P3 Pass 11/13
CJO: 11/26
PSI: 2/11/20
Poly: 3/13
Poly Pass: 4/15
tenaciousnerd  
#889 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:09:59 AM(UTC)
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What's the general consensus on contacting your AC for an update? My references were contacted in May and it's been radio silent since. I know being patient is key in this process....but after that two year mark it gets really hard not to ask for an update.


From what I've heard, asking for updates is frowned upon. (It sucks, I know.) But I'd just go by the mantra of "no news is good news."
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#890 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:29:39 AM(UTC)
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What's the general consensus on contacting your AC for an update? My references were contacted in May and it's been radio silent since. I know being patient is key in this process....but after that two year mark it gets really hard not to ask for an update.


To put it into perspective, the shortest background investigations for IA applicants take six months. If your references were contacted in May, it's unlikely your background will conclude before November. My own background took over eight months, and it's not unusual to hear of longer ones. And that's without a pandemic impeding things.

It's a super long process, and that can be discouraging at times. But you've made it this far, and you are in good company here. I'd say don't contact anyone until you've been in background a year, but hopefully yours will be done long before then!
App: 10/18
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CJO: 7/19
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#891 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:16:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Midwest18 Go to Quoted Post
What's the general consensus on contacting your AC for an update? My references were contacted in May and it's been radio silent since. I know being patient is key in this process....but after that two year mark it gets really hard not to ask for an update.


If they were only contacted in May, I'd hold off until six months have passed from then or until you see a processing date update - the latter gives you an excuse to touch base but don't expect any insights about that "update" from your AC.

Originally Posted by: tenaciousnerd Go to Quoted Post
From what I've heard, asking for updates is frowned upon. (It sucks, I know.) But I'd just go by the mantra of "no news is good news."


When I've asked for an update, my AC has simply stated in one way or another that: "You're still in background. I don't have new information for you." The key thing is always to be polite and not to bother them unnecessarily which is something I explain in more detail later on.

Originally Posted by: vmars Go to Quoted Post
...it's not unusual to hear of longer ones. And that's without a pandemic impeding things.


Case in point right here: I've been in background for around 18 months and I have no doubt that the pandemic is slowing things down. I share your frustration, Midwest18, the lengthy nature of this process really really sucks especially when you see others breeze through it.

Originally Posted by: vmars Go to Quoted Post
...I'd say don't contact anyone until you've been in background a year, but hopefully yours will be done long before then!


Obviously, sending an email every other week asking for an update is not a good idea, but I don't think that there's any harm in reaching out at key milestone marks in the background process i.e. 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, etc. This way you're simply keeping tabs on its status and making sure - assuming your AC is competent at their job - that nothing has accidentally slipped through the net.

As for "hoping" for things to be done by a certain point, that's not a viable strategy because this process will disappoint you on that front. Focus on the other things that are important in your life and don't let this one job application stop you from making the "big" decisions concerning your career and/or family because there are absolutely no guarantees that everything will work out. Yes, you've made it this far, but so did plenty of others whose applications then never crossed the finish line for one reason or another as these boards can well and truly attest over the years.

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#892 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:29:22 PM(UTC)
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Congrats to all who got the invite! Can’t wait to meet you guys in December.

I’m sure we all know the same amount, but I’m assuming we’ll stay there through the holiday period? And does anyone know if they are still planning to do the 2 week quarantine when we get there?

Wasn’t sure if anyone has talked to someone / knows someone in the know.
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#893 Posted : Saturday, September 19, 2020 4:08:25 PM(UTC)
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Re: Monthly "Active" emails

Hi - I've been in background check for a year. Last June I was reading this forum and for the first time saw posters mention getting "You're Still Active" emails every three weeks. I had never gotten one before at all. So I followed advice here and changed my preferred contact method to email instead of no preference on my profile. A few days later I got an "Active" email, as well as an email that was like a newsletter. Even though they said I'd be getting these every three weeks, I never got another ever again.

Has that happened to anyone else? Today I changed my contact method back to no preference, and then back to email to see if that would spur receiving another Active email.

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App: 10/14/18
PSI: 05/08/19
Poly: 06/26/19
BI: 9/01/19
BlackMambaIC  
#894 Posted : Saturday, September 19, 2020 4:35:41 PM(UTC)
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I should specify, that’s 30 months in background haha. I’m from the 2017 posting. But I hear you, just tough! Positive thoughts for sure though. Hopefully things will end on a positive note for us both in the near future. Good luck!

Originally Posted by: Gnocchi16 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: BlackMambaIC Go to Quoted Post
Doing alright I suppose. No new update on my end though, 30 months in. Hope all is well with you.

Originally Posted by: Dune Go to Quoted Post
As our thread is in danger of falling off the front page, I just wanted to drop in to see how everyone is doing.

Given how quiet the thread has been, it seems like a lot of us are stuck in different holding patterns and waiting for something to happen...



I passed Phase I and a Phase II in 2016! Then discontinued due to “prescreening”. Reapplied in the 2018 cycle and passed Phase 3 a year ago. Now waiting on adjudication. Had a date change in early August but nothing since. Hang in there!

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#895 Posted : Saturday, September 19, 2020 4:41:58 PM(UTC)
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Re: Monthly "Active" emails

Hi - I've been in background check for a year. Last June I was reading this forum and for the first time saw posters mention getting "You're Still Active" emails every three weeks. I had never gotten one before at all. So I followed advice here and changed my preferred contact method to email instead of no preference on my profile. A few days later I got an "Active" email, as well as an email that was like a newsletter. Even though they said I'd be getting these every three weeks, I never got another ever again.

Has that happened to anyone else? Today I changed my contact method back to no preference, and then back to email to see if that would spur receiving another Active email.

Thanks

App: 10/14/18
PSI: 05/08/19
Poly: 06/26/19
BI: 9/01/19



I have kept tabs on these emails. I previously described how to find what week of background those emails say you are on. For me, those emails continued through the week 54 email. After that they continued, but they looked different and there was no link to a survey (which is where the week number of your background would have appeared). The last one I received would have been week 57, and I am due for another in the next couple of days.

I am aware that many prefer not to contact their AC because they don't want to be a bother, but I'd say if you haven't already, contact that person and see if they have an update for you - especially if you haven't spoken to them in a while. Be friendly and just let them know you wanted to make sure they don't need anything from you. I don't feel there is anything wrong with checking in as long as you are cordial.



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BlackMambaIC  
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I don’t know about general consensus, but having been one of the few individuals with a REALLY long wait time for background processing, I would recommend reaching out every month after you hit the one year mark from the start of the investigation.

I let months and months go by without reaching out, based off recommendations to not reach out at all, and that got me nowhere. Being patient is definitely key, but so is reminding them how badly you want this job by continuing to check on it. Just my opinion though.

Originally Posted by: Midwest18 Go to Quoted Post
What's the general consensus on contacting your AC for an update? My references were contacted in May and it's been radio silent since. I know being patient is key in this process....but after that two year mark it gets really hard not to ask for an update.


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#897 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:29:03 AM(UTC)
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Had a date change yesterday, fingers crossed for good news soon! Seems like the date change in the portal has varying meanings, but from what I've gathered...most of the time it means you hear something soon?
App: 10/13/18
P1: 12/4
P2: 12/6
P2 Pass: 1/3/19
P3: 11/5
P3 Pass 11/13
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PSI: 2/11/20
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