Post subject: Applying for security clearance in advance??
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:19 pm
Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:11 pm
I am a Canadian
citizen with a master's in RF/MMIC design. I have noticed that most
of the jobs posted in this field in the U.S. require a security clearance
of some kind. I have two questions:
1) Does anyone know of Canadians
working in this field in the U.S., having attained required security
clearances? (i.e. What's the skinny on landing a job in this area in
2) Are there ways of applying for a security certificate
of some kind in advance that would help smooth the process of trying
to apply for RF/MMIC jobs in the U.S.?
Post subject: Secutiry ClearancePosted:
Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:58 am
1.) I don't think a non US citizen can
get clearance except under special circumstances.
2.) You can't
apply for clearance. The company that hires you does that. There is
no way for you to apply on your own. A company that has facility clearance
applies for personnel clearances for its employees and contractors that
Post subject: Security/Working
int he US for CanadiansPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 12:33 pm
bet for working in the US as a Canadian Citizen is to obtain a TN1 Visa,
this i believe is obtained at the border upon showing proof of employment
in the US - or it can also be arranged for by your employer.
As for security, I have asked around because i too am looking in the
US for RF related jobs, and I have been told that they are still evaluating
the TN1 visa for issues like ITAR and CGP security
Post subject: Security ClearancesPosted:
Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:54 pm
Clearances are applied for by the employer
from the Department of Defense. If you are not a US citizen, you will
never get hired at the company in the first place, and therefore will
never get to apply for the clearance at all. My advice is, if you are
looking for IC design jobs, visit http://www.dice.com. They have commercial
jobs you might fit into that don't require US citizenship, but you will
still have to have a work visa or green card first.