DSS processes international outgoing visits for cleared U.S. contractors traveling to classified sites or attending classified meetings at the Collateral level. Unclassified meetings/unrestricted sites should 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.
Download the appropriate visit request form for the country to be visited. The security office should work with the traveler to complete the visit request form. The Facility Security Officer (FSO) or Security Officer must review the form for completeness and accuracy prior to submission. The security office will submit the visit request via Safe Access File Exchange, fax: 571-305-6010, or email scanned secured pdf to DSS.RFV@mail.mil. The DSS Request for Visit mailbox cannot open encrypted emails. Documents containing PII should never be sent via open email without securing the file.
The foreign governments will only accept the visit requests forms below. All other forms will be rejected.
Submit one visit per project / contract and include all the visitors performing on the contract. Visits comprising of more than 30 visitors or 30 sites must be split into multiple requests. When submitting multiple requests, send one visit request per submission. Visits will not be accepted 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).
DSS will certify the personnel security clearance of each traveler. Interim security clearances are not recognized by foreign governments, therefore visitors should have a final clearance at the time visit is submitted to DSS. Individuals without security clearances should not be listed on the request. 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 point of contact who submitted the request via email the visit has been processed.
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)
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:
**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.
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.
Submit one visit per project / contract and include all the visitors on a 1 year less a day visit. When adding or deleting people from the visit, submit as an amendment and not a new request. (See Amendments section for additional information)
Visits to Government Locations and Industry sites cannot be combined into one visit request.
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
Visits to Defense Locations and Industry sites cannot be combined into one visit request.
Amendments are not permitted
Amendments are not permitted
Classified sites must include the level of access required.
(e.g., Confidential, Secret, Top Secret)
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.
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 plus (5) business days) forForeign Government processing. The business day the visit is submitted and the visit start date DOES NOT count toward processing or country lead time.
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:
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.
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.