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Limited Access Authorization (LAA)

The government has created a Limited Access Authorization (LAA) for non-U.S. citizens, including persons with dual-citizenships, who currently do not qualify for security clearances. LAAs are intended for non-citizens who have unusual expertise or knowledge for a position that cannot be filled by a U.S. citizen.

Before a candidate’s LAA request can be processed, the sponsor agency or facility is required to write a Letter of Justification (LOJ) highlighting, among other things, why the candidate must be hired rather than a U.S. citizen, as well as the candidate’s unique expertise. The LOJ should be submitted to the International Branch at DISCO along with the candidate’s SF-86 and copy of proof of foreign citizenship, such as a foreign passport.

The LAA candidate is also required to complete the SF-86 application form as an SSBI request, despite the fact he or she will only be issued a Secret clearance level. Further forms may be necessary depending on the candidate’s foreign citizenship as well as if they lived in a foreign country in the last 10 years.

Tully Rinckey PLLC lawyers have the knowledge and capabilities to help you throughout the LAA process, including:

  • Letter of Justification (LOJ) Drafting
  • Preparation of SF-86 & Security Clearance Packages
    • Identifying Disqualifying Issues & Mitigating Factors
  • Preparation for investigative interviews

Working with our lawyers before an LAA application is ever submitted in order to ensure all questions are answered thoroughly and honestly, is one of the easiest ways to help prevent clearance denial or later revocation. We are available across the country and around the world to assist in any national security law need. Contact Tully Rinckey PLLC today at 703-525-4700.

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