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Requesting an Exception

To DCID 6/4 Standards  (When Foreign National Immediate Family Members Are Present)

The exception request package must contain the following, unless otherwise specified (the exception package will be sent to the DONCAF:

  • Compelling Need Statement (for applicants only/individuals who are not currently indoctrinated for SCI access) – The Compelling Need statement specifically describes the unique skills possessed by the individual or other special considerations or circumstances (e.g., the skill pool available is very limited; the mission to be performed is of extraordinary importance and the individual's services are a must) to support the compelling need for the applicant and the exception to DCID 6/4 standards. Disruption of an important operation also is relevant. 
  • Intelligence Risk Assessment (not required if foreign national is citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand) – The intelligence risk assessment is an assessment of the intelligence impact of the foreign association and must be provided by the sponsoring command. The command must consider the threat to national security if SCI access is approved. (Command should provide a statement that the threat assessment has been reviewed and considered, rather than repeat the information contained in the assessment).
  • Security Risk Assessment – overall risk assessment includes any investigative information on the foreign national spouse, prospective spouse, or cohabitant residing in the United States.
  • Foreign Contact Interview - provides information about the nature of the foreign national association, family member contact, family member's association with foreign governments, etc. 
  • Signed letter and acknowledgement by the subject - The signed acknowledgement form reinforces to the subject that marriage to a foreign national may affect their ability to obtain and maintain access to SCI. This form will be signed by the subject and witnessed by the SSO. 
  • A spouse National Agency Check (NAC) or cohabitee NAC is required. If a spouse or cohabitee NAC was not conducted during the course of the investigation, a request will be sent to OPM, using the OFI-86C form. (To determine if a spouse NAC/cohabitee NAC is required, review the subject’s SF-86 to see if the spouse/cohabitee was listed. If not, a spouse/cohabitee NAC is required, or the DONCAF may request that the command submit a spouse NAC request to OPM).
  • A current up-to-date SF-86 for the subject.
  • The Foreign Born Spouse – Statement of Personal History (FBS-SPH). The FBS-SPH must be completed from the 16th birthday to present.
  • A signed memorandum from the subject identifying where, when, and how he met his spouse/prospective spouse. The memorandum should also identify which of the foreign national’s family members have been met and under what circumstances.
  • Foreign Contact Interview – A foreign contact interview should be completed by the subject for each family member or for individuals who maintain a close and continuing relationship with a foreign national. (A FCI is not required for the spouse/prospective spouse of the subject).

Note: SCI interim approval may be granted prior to completion of the investigation provided the above requirements are met, and the risk assessment is favorable.

JPAS will reflect our decision.

There may be instances when additional information is requested. In those cases, specific instructions will be provided.