The DV process includes a check of your identity documents and employment and educational references. Other checks are carried out against your financial records with the Security Service and the Criminal Records Bureau. Enquiries will also be made into your health to determine whether you have suffered from certain medical and psychological conditions which could have a bearing on your fitness to handle very sensitive information. Additional stages may be required for some candidates; for example, medical assessments.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a strict no drugs policy to which applicants should adhere. If you engage in any illegal drugs use, even occasional, which you are not prepared to give up, do not apply. We recognise, of course, that some of our candidates may have experimented with drugs in the past. This should not be a bar to your application. However, as with all aspects of vetting, you must be entirely open in divulging details of your drugs usage. You may be required to undergo testing for this later in the process.
The Developed Vetting process takes approximately four months to complete, but this can vary depending on individual circumstances. Further details of the vetting process will be available upon application. You may also wish to see the FAQs document to the right of this page for more information.