An interim clearance is granted on a temporary basis, after minimum investigative requirements have been met by the applicant. Most applicants find that they are granted an interim clearance relatively quick. However, an interim clearance can be revoked or denied at any time pending the completion of the full background investigation. Generally interim clearances are denied in instances where the government has discovered unfavorable information either on the SF 86 Form or at any time throughout the investigation.

Caveat: An applicant is not afforded the same due process rights as an interim clearance holder. This means, the government does not have to provide you a reason for denial of the interim clearance or allow you an opportunity to defend the unfavorable information. This is why it is so important to seek advice if you have any questions with respect to filling out your SF-86.