DV Clearance: A Guide to the Process

The process of undergoing DV Clearance can be an extremely testing experience; in light of this, how can you best navigate the DV process? Here's our guide and some of our top tips. 

What is DV Clearance?

DV Clearance (or Developed Vetting) is the highest form of security clearance and is often necessary for those who require frequent and extensive access to top secret information. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, it’s absolutely vital that individuals are vetted in order to be sure that they are not a threat to the interests of national security and intelligence.

There are a handful of necessities that are essential for individuals to be firstly considered for DV clearance, and then secondly, for their clearance to be granted and finalised.

Who Can Apply for DV Clearance?

Of course, due to the nature of DV clearance, the process is a fairly rigorous one and has a strict minimum criterion when it comes to being granted complete vetted status. Being granted DV Clearance involves a number of pre-requisites surrounding who can undertake this form of vetting. These conditions generally encompass UK nationality and citizenship, as well as character and background. In many circumstances, application and approval may not be granted.

Generally, the standard (and absolute minimum) is that an individual must have been a UK resident for the past 10 years to be considered for developed vetting. However, in some cases, when applying for clearance through national intelligence roles in particular, it’s required that individuals must be a British Citizen.

It’s also worth noting that although DV clearance (nationality and citizenship permitting) can be gained with the sponsorship of a role or organisation; there are a few scenarios which will prevent DV being granted. These can include criminal convictions, present or previous issues with drug abuse, bankruptcy or a history of certain medical conditions. In these circumstances, it may not be advisable to seek DV clearance.

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Navigating the DV Clearance Process: From Application to Interview

So, for those curious about the DV process, here are our top tips for tackling the vetting procedure. 

DV cleared status must be gained through sponsorship of an organisation that you are applying for a job role through, this is how the application process begins. Firstly, let’s go through the mandatory vetting checks which comprise the DV clearance process:

The first stage of vetting will involve you receiving an e-mail with a link requiring you to log in and complete a security check e-form. Initially, you must click the link and log-in within 24 hours, you will then have a further 30 days to complete and submit your security check. Although your sponsor can re-send these links if the time lapses, the quicker you navigate this process thoroughly, the quicker your vetting will be completed.

Our tip here would be to ensure that you have all of the necessary details to your disposal in order to complete the form quickly. This includes extensive details about your immediate family and all details about any convictions or cautions, it’s important to be extremely open and honest here; details will need to be backed up with official documents. Answering questions honestly and thoroughly will ensure that the process is faster and you are more likely to be granted that all important clearance.

We have a full guide on the DV interview process here, but in short, your interview will be conducted by a Vetting Officer and will look to paint a clear picture of you and all aspects of your life. Many issues will be delved in to, including your family, background, past relationships and experiences, as well as judgement of your honesty, loyalty, reliability and susceptibility to blackmail or bribery. The interview will of course be searching, but it’s important to remember that it’s not an interrogation. Be honest and don’t leave any important details out!

Our DV Clearance Top Tips

  • Be open and truthful - failing to disclose any important information surrounding specific events in your life that you are particularly worried about, will likely to make things worse.
  • Get all of the necessary details in line ready to complete your security check forms – the quicker, the better!
  • Get your official documentation ready, you’ll need these for the interview process.
  • Keep some time to one side to attend your vetting interview.
  • Be patient – the process can take a good few months.

DV clearance can offer a whole host of positive career opportunities so it’s definitely worth considering taking on a role with this in mind. If you’re interested in looking for a DV role, then we have a host of current DV vacancies, so do take a look.