Cataphract have been processing CTC and SC clearances for over 10 years for major government outsourcers, service firms and technology vendors. Clearance can take up to 3 months after the application is received by the Home Office, so an efficient a fast background check is essential.
Here are our 5 top tips to help your application go as smoothly as possible.
For CTC clearance, we require 5 years of work references and SC its 7 years. We can only take work email addresses and land line numbers, so giving us their personal email and then their mobile number really slows down the process. If you are a contractor working on site at a hospital or government site, we need the agency you worked for, not the company you were on site with.
If you provide us firstname.lastname@example.org is fine and it’s what we normally expect, as we only need take confirmation of employment dates.
The more references, obviously the longer it will take to process and validate.
These can’t be your old bosses or work mates. They need to be friends who have known you for at least 3 years and can vouch you are a stand-up citizen. They are listed on your application.
Gaps in your employment
If you have been unemployed, playing golf for a couple of months or have been travelling (less than 6 months out of the country in the last 5 years), you have to let us know as we will need to validate your locations and what you have been up to. This normally comes up as an issue when taking employment references, if you have fabricated employment dates or simply have told us your location.
ID and Documentation
When attending the vetting and screening interview, you are required to bring ID to confirm nationality, address, NI number and any other documentation like citizenship card, second passports etc. This is sroed on our Software platform designed specifically for vetting.
We need ALL ID in place before we can submit your application. If you have a second passport, a scan of EVERY page needs to be submitted to the Home Office. If you have been naturalised and been given a passport, we need to see the certificate of British nationality also to send to the Home Office.
Be honest with us
If you have spent or unspent convictions, these will come up on the Enhanced DBS check. It will be down to the Home Office whether they issue the clearance depending on the type of caution and conviction, date and if they feel time has lapsed.
We have interview many applicants that have tried to cover up previous misdemeanours and even though the conviction was minor and wouldn’t have prevented them obtaining clearance, their dishonesty rules them out of getting the position!