Outgoing Classified Visits Process

DSS processes international outgoing visits for cleared U.S. contractors traveling to classified sites or attending classified meetings, up to Top Secret. Unclassified meetings/unrestricted sites that do not require a personnel security clearance to be passed can be coordinated directly with the point of contact at the site to be visited. DSS only processes requests to non-U.S. locations, and does NOT process requests to U.S. Embassies, U.S. Military sites or U.S. Naval vessels docked overseas.

Visit Lead Times
Country Specific Requirements
Rejections
Emergency Visit Requests
Amendments
Consultants
NATO Visits

Download the appropriate visit request form for the country to be visited. DSS will only accept the forms located on our website. All other versions will be rejected. The security office should work with the traveler to complete the visit request form. The visit request must be signed by the Facility Security Officer (FSO) or Security Officer. The security office will submit the visit request via email to DSS.RFV@mail.mil using a free DOD safe access file exchange service or fax to 571-305-6010. The DSS Request for Visit mailbox can no longer receive encrypted emails. Documents containing PII should never be sent via open email without securing the file.

Please note: Visits for Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland must be submitted on the form specified by their country.

DSS will only accept the visit requests forms downloaded from this webpage. All other forms will be rejected.

Visits comprising of more than 30 visitors must be split into multiple requests. When submitting multiple requests, send each visit request form separately to DSS.RFV@mail.mil. DSS will only accept visits no more than 90 days from the start date.

The Security Office must check with the travelers to determine whether they will be hand carrying classified to or from the site they are visiting and select the appropriate box in the specified area on the RFV. Visit requests without the box selected will be rejected. A hand carriage plan is required to be submitted to your DSS, Industrial Security Representative if visitors are couriering classified. (NISPOM 10-405).

What Happens Next

DSS will review the visit request for completeness and certify the personnel security clearance of each traveler. The visit request will be rejected by DSS if the request contains errors, requires additional information, or fails to provide the required processing and lead time (this applies to emergency visit requests as well, see Emergency Visit Requests). Visitors will be removed from the visit request if their personnel data and/or clearance is incorrectly listed on the form prior to DSS submitting the visit request to the Foreign National Security Authority/Designated Security Authority for processing and approval.

Once DSS has processed the visit request and submitted the form to the appropriate Foreign Government, DSS will notify the FSO via email the visit has been processed. DSS will not provide the facility the stamped copy of the visit request.

DSS does not approve visit requests, it is up to the Foreign Government to accept and approve the request. However, it is the contractor’s responsibility to obtain a written disclosure determination from a principal or designated disclosure official, or to obtain a DOS (Department of State) approved export license. To verify approval of the visit request, please coordinate with the foreign site POC prior to departure.

The contractor is obligated to submit an amendment to our office for any personnel clearance changes and whenever a visitor is removed from the contract or has separated from the company. (See Amendments)

Visit Lead Times

IMPORTANT:
  • DSS requires 5 business days in addition to the Foreign Government lead time to process a visit request.
  • DSS will only accept visits no more than 90 days from the start date.

DSS requires five, (5) business days to process a visit request, emergency or otherwise. In addition, each individual country has its own specific lead time requirements for processing a RFV and has the authority to change lead times without notice. Countries typically require a minimum 30 calendar day lead time to process a visit. However, some notable exceptions include:

  • Italy (40 days) *No emergency requests
  • Sweden (45 days)
  • United Kingdom (35 days)

**Country lead times are subject to change at the discretion of the Foreign Government.**

In addition to the foreign government lead times, DSS requires five (5) business days (which does not include weekends or federal holidays) to process a visit request.

Note: The business day the visit is submitted and the visit start date does not count toward processing or country lead time.

For the most current information on lead times and requirements associated with outgoing classified visits, email DSS.RFV@mail.mil.

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Country Specific Requirements

Australia

All visits exceeding 90 days in duration require justification explaining why in Block 16.

Canada

Visit requests require an email address for ALL site POCs (point of contacts).

If block 11 (access required) indicates NATO, then a NATO Security Clearance Certificate (NSCC) must be submitted for each visitor on the RFV.

Japan

Visits to Ministry of Defense (MOD) sites cannot exceed 6 months in duration. MOD and Industry sites must be on separate requests if the Industrial site requires a yearlong visit.
Amendments are not permitted

Netherlands

Visits to Defense Locations and Industry sites cannot be combined into one visit request.
Amendments are not permitted

Norway

Amendments are not permitted

Spain

Classified sites must include the level of access required.
(e.g., Confidential, Secret, Top Secret)

United Kingdom

All classified requests must include the UK Ministry of Defense/Government Sponsor point of contact information (name, phone number AND an email address) in Annex 1.

UK Emergency visits must be submitted within 10 business days of start date. The business day the visit is submitted and the first day of the visit start date does not count toward processing or country lead time.

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Rejections

  • Security Managers can only submit visit requests for individuals which fall under their company Cage Code
  • Security Managers are responsible for verifying the visitor information in JPAS coincides with what is on the visit request form. Incorrect or missing information will result in rejection of the visit request and or the removal of the visitor(s)
  • Subject’s eligibility must be within scope or have an open investigation
  • Visitors must have their current passport number on the RFV
  • Missing POC name, email, and/or telephone number
  • Missing/Incorrect site to be visited name and address
  • NATO clearances need to be in the correct format (NATO Restricted, NATO Confidential, NATO Secret, Cosmic Top Secret)
  • DSS only passes collateral clearances
    • SCI access must be passed by the sponsoring GCA
  • If a visit requires COMSEC or CNWDI access, COMSEC or CNWDI must be listed on the anticipated level of clearance and next to each visitor’s security clearance (e.g., Secret, COMSEC or Secret, CNWDI)
    • Include each visitor’s current legible briefing certificate with the visit request
  • Visits not meeting the Country required lead time will be rejected unless it meets the requirements outlined for emergency visits (See “Link to” Emergency Visit Requests)
  • DSS will only accept visits no more than 90 days out from the start date

Emergency Visit Requests

If the Foreign Government Accepts Emergency Visits:
  • ✓ An Emergency visit cannot exceed 30 days in duration
  • ✓ Must relate to a Gov’t approved contract, International projects/programs, or Request for Proposal
  • ✓ RFV submission MUST include Letter of Justification from Government Agency/Site Visited
  • ✓ RFV can only be Approved as a single, one-time visit
  • ✓ Emergency visit authorizations cannot be amended

Some Foreign Governments may accept a visit request that does not meet their lead time, on an emergency basis. Emergency visits require a minimum of (5) business days for DSS and Foreign Government processing.

To qualify as an emergency, the visit must relate to a specific Government-approved contract, international agreement or announced request for proposal, and failure to make the visit could seriously jeopardize performance on the contract or program or result in the loss of a contract opportunity.

Emergency visits are approved only as a single, one-time visit, and cannot exceed 30 days. Emergency visits cannot be amended.

An Emergency RFV must be accompanied by a justification letter from the Government Agency or site to be visited when the specified lead time cannot be met. (See NISPOM 10-503)

Emergency Letter of Justification Requirements:

  • Justification letter must come from the Government Contracting Agency (GCA) or foreign site to be visited POC
    • Must be on official letterhead and signed by the GCA program manager or foreign site manager
  • Emails are acceptable permitted they have the official signature block from the GCA program manager or foreign site manager. The emergency letter needs to be current.
  • State the reason for the emergency visit and express why it cannot be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The letter of justification should be specific to the visit (visitors, company name, program/project).
  • Identify the beginning and ending dates of visit.
  • Agendas or Letter of Invitations are not considered an emergency justification letter.

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Amendments

Not all countries permit amendments; it is at the discretion of each foreign government. Visit requests that have been approved or processed may be amended only to change, add, or delete names. Amendments cannot be used to add sites to a previous request. An Amendment cannot extend the visit beyond the original end date. Amendments requesting earlier dates than originally specified shall not be accepted. Emergency visit authorizations shall not be amended. (See NISPOM 10-505)

When amending to add visitors, do not include the visitors from the original submission. The start and end date of the amendment must match the original submission. List the arrival date in the remarks section for the added visitor(s). Include the visit ID/reference number of the visit request you are amending, as well as the amendment number (e.g. 1 for the first amendment, 2 for the second, etc.). The maximum number of amendments per original visit request cannot exceed 10.

A facility is required to submit an amendment to remove a visitor upon separation, removal from a contract, or loss of eligibility. List the removal date in the remarks section and place “removal” in place of the visitor’s security clearance. Include the visit ID/reference number of the visit request you are amending, as well as the amendment number (e.g. 1 for the first amendment, 2 for the second, etc.).

Submit an amendment to cancel an approved visit request. In the remarks section indicate the reason for the cancellation.

The minimum lead time for amendments is (10) business days.

Note: Resubmitting a rejected request with corrections, is not considered to be an amendment.

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Consultants

A consultant can be provided access to classified information overseas pursuant to a legitimate visit authorization request. The visit cannot exceed 30 days in duration. The facility, the consultant is traveling on behalf of, must list the subject under their CAGE Code and brief the subject for access before submission of the visit request. The facility is required to ensure all export authorizations are adhered to prior to submission of visit request.

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NATO Visits

Visit requests to NATO Sites cannot be submitted by your company via JPAS or in a visit request directly to NATO. A visit request form is required to be submitted to DSS for processing.

Access to NATO classified information requires a final PCL at the equivalent level. All visitors must be NATO briefed annually and NATO access must be in JPAS before visit submission. Some NATO sites may require a NATO Security Clearance Certificate (NSCC) to accompany the RFV. (e.g. SACT, SHAPE and NCIA in Belgium) To verify whether a NSCC is required, email DSS.RFV@mail.mil.

All visits to NATO Sites require NATO access regardless of the level of classified to be discussed. Visits that list a non-NATO level will be rejected. All visitors must have NATO access listed on the security clearance field in the particulars of visitor section of the request form. NATO clearances need to be in the correct format (NATO Confidential, NATO Secret, and COSMIC Top Secret).

Note:Visits to NATO sites require five (5) business days processing time. Exception: SACT requires (15) fifteen business days processing time.

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