There is no “typical” background investigation process. Each applicant is unique in terms of life experiences and background. Factors that influence the length of the clearance process include the speed and comprehensiveness with which an applicant fills out the required paperwork, and the location and number of investigative interviews required (e.g., a person with several prior employers and residences will likely take longer to investigate than a person with only one prior residence or employer).

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