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Reapplying for Your Security Clearance After A Denial or Revocation: What You Need To Know

If your security clearance is denied or revoked, you might wonder if reapplying is possible. The good news is that it can be possible, although it can be a long and complex process.

Understand Why The Clearance Was Denied or Revoked

The first step in reapplying for your security clearance is to determine the reason for the denial or revocation. This will help you identify what you need to address in your new application.

If, for example, your clearance was revoked due to financial problems, you might need to show that you have taken steps to resolve those issues, such as paying off debts or setting up a payment plan. If your clearance was denied because of a criminal history, you may need to demonstrate that you've completed rehabilitation or community service.

Accept A Federal Position Requiring a Security Clearance

To be able to reapply for a federal security clearance, you must be hired into a position that requires a security clearance. While it is possible to reapply without a job, it is very difficult to do so.

You will need to check the requirements of the federal agency you will be joining to determine how long you must wait before reapplying for the security clearance. Agency wait times vary between 12 and 36 months.

Retain An Experienced Federal Employment Attorney

Sometimes, you may need legal advice during the security clearance reapplication process, especially if your case involves complex legal issues, such as a criminal history or ongoing litigation. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the reapplication process to increase your chances of success.

Submit a New Application

Once you've identified the reason for denial or revocation and obtained federal employment that requires a security clearance, you must submit a new security clearance application. This application is similar to the initial application you submitted, but it may require additional documentation or an explanation of the issues that led to the denial or revocation. An experienced federal employment attorney can assist you with preparing the new application for the security clearance.

After you submit your application, the next step is to wait for a response. The processing time for a security clearance application can vary depending on various factors, including the level of clearance you're seeking and the complexity of your case. It's essential to be patient and check in with your attorney, who can spearhead contacting the clearance office for an update.

Defending Your Rights & Your Career

Reapplying for a security clearance after a denial or revocation can be challenging, but it's not impossible. With the assistance of an experienced federal employment attorney, you can fight to obtain a security clearance and protect your federal career.

At The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we have over 30 years of experience advocating for federal employees. Our top-rated, award-winning team of Million Dollar Advocates has a track record of success in obtaining favorable outcomes and settlements for our clients in a timely manner. Call our firm at (202) 350-3881 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.