Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I am in a long distance relationship with a foreigner, but did not put him down on my SF-86 under the question related to foreign associates, as I did not understand the question correctly. During my personal interview, I asked for clarification and was forthcoming with all details pertaining to my relationship with the person. Will this result in a denial of my clearance because it was not listed initially?
No, it will not definitely result in a loss of a clearance, but it will be a factor to be considered. If unsure on the SF-86, it is better to err on the side of disclosure, or seek expert advice.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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