FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

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FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 17, 2010 8:23 pm

The one where you get your fingerprints taken on this form:

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Sometimes electronic, sometimes ink. Sometimes by normal police, sometimes by the FBI or US Marshals. Anyways - how long does it take before your employer gets the results of your "rap" sheet and you get your security clearance (or denied)?

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby quickquestionthanks » Mon May 17, 2010 8:30 pm

Probably not more than a couple of weeks. I've had it done twice, once to work for the Federal government, and I was able to start almost ASAP, within a week, and another time to get a public safety clearance card and that took over 3 months (I think having nothing to do with the background check part, just processing).

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby slowdiver » Wed May 19, 2010 1:18 pm

I've heard people at my school taking months if it's a full FBI background check for a U.S. Attorney's Office or something dealing with criminal stuff. I obtained a federal position in a non-criminal agency, and the background check only took 2 weeks.

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby UCLAtransfer » Wed May 19, 2010 1:30 pm

I had to do this for my 1L summer job at the USAO, and I believe it took about 6 weeks or so from when I sent everything in before I was cleared to start work.

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby JOThompson » Wed May 19, 2010 1:33 pm

I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby Always Credited » Wed May 19, 2010 1:38 pm

JOThompson wrote:I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.


That weeds you out? That's absurd.

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby bk1 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:54 pm

JOThompson wrote:I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.

:shock:

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby Rocky Estoppel » Thu May 20, 2010 12:59 pm

Always Credited wrote:
JOThompson wrote:I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.


That weeds you out? That's absurd.
yeah, how is that even remotely someone's fault?

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby jks289 » Thu May 20, 2010 1:05 pm

slowdiver wrote:I've heard people at my school taking months if it's a full FBI background check for a U.S. Attorney's Office or something dealing with criminal stuff. I obtained a federal position in a non-criminal agency, and the background check only took 2 weeks.


To work for USAO (not in the summer, as an actual attorney) can take over six months.

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby PoliticalJunkie » Thu May 20, 2010 1:08 pm

Always Credited wrote:
JOThompson wrote:I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.


That weeds you out? That's absurd.


Not really. Think about if the felon is still involved with criminal activity and his/her associates use that family member as bait for the FBI employee.........

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby nol607 » Thu May 20, 2010 1:08 pm

According to John Kroger, you don't get your DOJ badge until after your first, probationary year. You have to settle for a laminate a-la- Dexter.....I really want to be a AUSA...

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Re: FBI fingerprinting/background check - how long does it take?

Postby JOThompson » Thu May 20, 2010 10:35 pm

PoliticalJunkie wrote:
Always Credited wrote:
JOThompson wrote:I was accepted for the FBI's Honor Internship in undergrad. The background check took around four weeks, including two polygraphs. If I hadn't been weeded out (blood relation to a felon), the process could've gone on even longer.


That weeds you out? That's absurd.


Not really. Think about if the felon is still involved with criminal activity and his/her associates use that family member as bait for the FBI employee.........

The relative in question had a felony conviction for tax evasion. Not a particularly hardened criminal IMO, but I understand the FBI's logic in shutting me out. Still, it is supremely frustrating to be punished for the actions of others, over which you have no control.




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