- Industrial Security
- Personnel Security Investigations-Industry (PSI-I) Program Office
- Field Operations
- Industrial Security Integration & Application (IP)
- - Security Assurances
- • Limited Access Authorizations (LAAs) for Non-U.S. Citizens
- • NATO Security Clearance Certificate (NSCC) Verifications for Foreign Nationals
- • Facility Security Clearance (FSC) Verifications to Foreign Governments
- • NATO Facility Security Clearance Certificate (FSCC) Requests from NATO Agencies
- - Outgoing International Visits
- • Visit Lead Times
- • Country Specific Requirements
- • Emergency Visit Requirements
- • Amendments
- • NATO Visits
- - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Special Programs
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Non-U.S. citizens do not qualify for a security clearance. However, if a non-U.S. citizen requires access to U.S. classified information and meets the requirements of paragraph 2-209 and 2-210 of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and Industrial Security Letter (ISL) 2006-02, a Limited Access Authorization (LAA) no higher than the Secret level, may be issued.
A signed Letter of Justification (LOJ) must be provided to DSS from the appropriate Government Contracting Activity (GCA) on their letterhead containing the following information:
- The individual's name, date and place of birth, position title, and current citizenship.
- A statement that a qualified U.S. citizen cannot be hired in sufficient time to meet the contractual requirements.
- A statement of the unusual expertise possessed by the applicant.
- A statement that access will be limited to a specific government contract (specify contract number).
- A list of the specific material to which access is proposed (delineate as precisely as possible and identify any other GCA that may have jurisdiction over any of the material, if applicable).
- A statement that the classified information to be accessed is releasable to the individual's country of citizenship (disclosure determination) or that an export license has been obtained.
Prior to submitting an application for an LAA, the contractor must obtain a written disclosure determination from a principal or a designated disclosure official or obtain a State Department approved export license.
The LOJ must be sent to the DSS along with proof of foreign citizenship (i.e. passport), copy of disclosure determination or export license, and foreign security assurance, if available. Please provide this information to DSS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon notification from DSS that the LOJ has been approved, the FSO will initiate an SF-86. The SF-86 should be electronically submitted as a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) request for an LAA even though "Secret" is the highest level of access permitted.
In addition, if the Subject has lived outside the U.S. within the past ten years, separate security forms for applicable countries may need to be completed as well.
If no U.S. classified access is needed but the subject requires area access, the request must be electronically submitted on the SF-85P Form to the appropriate GCA.
The FSO shall notify DSS if there are any changes to the Subject’s personnel security records, such as change in contract number, citizenship status, or any adverse information.
If you have any additional questions regarding LAAs, please contact the DSS at email@example.com.
Foreign Nationals employed by a U.S. cleared facility to perform on a NATO contract
Access to NATO classified information may be permitted for citizens of NATO member nations, provided that a NATO security clearance certificate is submitted to DSS by their respective government and the facility security officer briefs the individual for NATO access. Prior to permitting a foreign national employee access to NATO classified information/materials the subject’s clearance is required to be verified through government-to-government channels. The U.S. cleared facility needs to contact DSS at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the appropriate documents for submission.
Note: A consultant shall not be assigned outside the United States with responsibilities requiring access to classified information.
Reference: NISPOM 10-10-601c. Access by Contractor Employees Assigned Outside the U.S.
Reference: NISPOM 10-707. Access to NATO Classified Information by Foreign Nationals
There are circumstances when U.S. cleared industry, will require FSC verification for potential foreign subcontracting companies. This is typically the case for work performed within foreign countries. A FSC can be requested on the eligibility of a foreign facility to access/safeguard classified information in the performance of a program/contract. An export authorization must be issued prior to the negotiation or award of a contract. Classification guidance shall be issued in the form of security aspects letter/security requirements checklist. Foreign facilities fall under the national laws and regulations of the respective National Security Agency (NSA).
*All FSC verifications must be obtained through government-to-government channels.
To Request FSC verification for a foreign company, DSS requires that FSOs provide the following detailed information:
- Required Level of Facility Clearance
- Full Facility Name
- Full Facility Address
- Mailing address if different from above
- Security Contact Name
- Reason for the request (must include: contract name/number, program/project)
All FSC Verifications need to be Re-Verified annually.
A facility is required to notify their DSS, Industrial Security Representative of any precontract negotiation or award not placed through a GCA that involves or may involve—
- The release or disclosure of U.S. classified information to a foreign interest
- Access to classified information furnished by a foreign interest
Reference: NISPOM 1-302n. Foreign Classified Contracts.
A NATO Facility Security Clearance Certificate (NFSCC) is required for the prime contractor to directly support a NATO agency. A NATO Agency must submit an official request to DSS. A U.S. facility qualifies for a NFSCC if it has an equivalent U.S. FCL and its personnel have been briefed on NATO procedures. DSS will issue the NFSCC to the appropriate NATO agency and notify the contractor.
DSS does not issue a NFSCC during the bidding process. Upon an official request from the NATO Agency, DSS will verify a U.S. facility’s clearance. (NISPOM 10-704)
NATO Agency requests for NATO FSCCs pertaining to U.S. cleared facilities can be directed to email@example.com.
U.S. facilities are required to notify their Industrial Security Representative upon award of a NATO contract as the Prime.
NATO visits are visits by personnel representing a NATO entity and relating to NATO contracts and programs. NATO visits are submitted and processed through the foreign visit system.
Reference: NISPOM 10-721. Visits.
U.S. citizens employed directly by NATO represent the interests of NATO. If access to U.S. classified information is required, such access shall be determined on the basis of need-to-know and to information previously authorized for release to NATO.
Reference: NISPOM 10-720. Release of U.S. Information to NATO.