Security and Nationality Requirements

Civil Service Nationality Rule

You can apply for any job in the Civil Service as long as you’re a UK national or have dual nationality with one part being British. In addition, about 75% of Civil Service posts are open to Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA). The remainder, which require special allegiance to the state, are reserved for UK nationals.

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Residency Criteria for NSV (National Security Vetting)

Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting. To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years. A lack of UK residency in itself is not necessary a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Individuals without any form of National Security Vetting (NSV) will need to complete a detailed online vetting application to allow checks to be undertaken by the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) and external security authorities.

Before the NSV can be undertaken, all new employees must first complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) pre-employment check. This is to ensure that the applicant’s identity is verified and, meets with civil service engagement rules for recruitment, and all applicants have the right to live and work in the UK documentation.

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