The Intersection of Federal Government Security Clearances & Immigration Issues
Posted by: ScottMond Law Firm
January 28, 2013
Topic: U.S. Waivers
Our attorneys have had the privilege of serving clients across the nation and around the world from the Nation’s capital, Washington D.C., since 1997 with regards to U.S. Immigration & Nationality matters. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the intersection of Federal Government Clearances and Immigration issues which we work daily to resolve for our clients.
A Government Clearance is an invaluable asset to our U.S. citizens which they prefer not to risk for anyone or anything. Rightly so! At times, whether it be Civilian Federal Government workers, Contractors, Federal Government Workers, or Members of our beloved Armed Forces, at times they run into Immigration issues which could cost them their Security Clearances.
Some of the ways U.S. Citizens need to be aware they easily enter the zone of “U.S. Immigration” is through the following:
- Marriage to a non-U.S. citizen
- Conducting business with a non-U.S. citizen
- Dating someone who is not a U.S. citizen
- Your spouse hiring or working with someone who is not a U.S. citizen
- Living in a house where Foreign Nationals live documented or undocumented
- Marriage or dating an undocumented Foreign National even if unknowing.
The above list is not exhaustive, but gives one an idea of how easy it is to be affiliated with a foreign national simply because the world has become much more diverse and united which is an awesome commentary!
However, in the balance, a U.S. Security Clearance requires that rigorous criteria be met and maintained for a variety of reasons. We specifically discuss here the need for our U.S. Government to protect its borders by aggressive action in ensuring that Foreign Nationals are not a risk as it pertains to Security Clearances. The Federal Regulations and Federal laws mandate these security measures without exception.
The good news is that our law firm attorney(s) have for over two decades successfully navigating our clients’ Security Clearances and immigration issues so it is a “win-win” situation. The main advice we offer in this short article is the following: If you have a Federal Security Clearance at any level, hire one’s own independent U.S. Immigration attorney who is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. Of course, the attorney must have experience with Federal Security Clearances.
Whether a U.S. citizen is thinking about entering into a personal, casual, or business relationship with a Foreign National; or it’s already a “done deal” and the U.S. Citizen is already in relation with a Foreign National, and is now concerned over his or her Security Clearance, our attorneys can help and resolve many of these issues on behalf of clients. Among some of the possible legal resolutions are the following:
- Providing a legal letter to the respective Federal Government Agency which outlines the legal steps which need to be taken, and are being undertaken to resolve an immigration problem.
- Ensuring that there is full disclosure at all times, and an immigration attorney letter to support the legal steps and the law to ensure that a U.S. Citizen is meeting requirements for his or her clearance.
- Preparation of Waivers, where needed, for undocumented spouses, and close family members to resolve immigration matters in hopes of adjusting status of foreign national to a U.S. Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen.
Once again, this is not an exhaustive list. If you or someone you know is need of a consultation on this immigration topic, or any other immigration matter, our attorneys may be contacted at [email protected] or you may call us at one of our office telephone numbers conveniently listed at http://www.scottcclaw.com/.
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