Security Clearance - Did not realise I had a second nationality

Rheebound01

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Hi All

Recently submitted my Security Clearance form however I only ended up listing one citizenship - New Zealand (NZ citizen by birth) and only today found out that I may in fact have a second nationality - South Korean (The citizenship laws are very iffy and confusing and my family and I did not think I had SK nationality because I was a NZ citizen by birth). I ended up emailing the Security Clearance (NSV) "Contact Us" email to let them know about all this and having not put it on the form as I was unaware about it until today.

I understand that the Royal Marines would not take anyone with a conscription requirement which has been unfulfilled in their home country (South Korea has mandatory conscription) however would I be okay because New Zealand is my home country (Has been my whole life) and as my AFCO requested, I sent off a letter from the New Zealand Defence Force reinforcing that I do not have any service obligations in my home country (NZ)?

I know that the NZDF were happy to give me a high security clearance but just wanted to make sure that I would be okay for the Royal Marines too. The conscription citizen thing is very confusing and we weren't aware about any of it until today and I know that the very initial online questionnaire asks if I am required to do mandatory service in my HOME COUNTRY which is NZ which I correctly said No to.

Any advice on this one? Will I be okay considering I did end up emailing them about having not putting it on the form and the fact that NZ is my home country where I have lived my entire life?
 

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You will proberly need to provide proof from your second nationality that you dont need to complete national service.
 

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@Mikej85 Yeah, I might need to if they ask for it.

Was thinking I might be fine without it because Korea isnt my home country and under their "Second generation" law I'm okay to visit and such for less than 90 days. I provided proof that my home country (NZ) dont require me to do compulsory service as requested by my AFCO though.

Fingers crossed.
 

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You 100% need to let your AFCO know, as if picked up you and a 2nd and not on your forms you will not pass SC simple as that.
 

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Do you hold, or have ever held a S. Korean pasport (including being on a parent's passport when young) ?

If not, then presumably your birth in NZ may have been registered in SK?
 

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Do you hold, or have ever held a S. Korean pasport (including being on a parent's passport when young) ?

If not, then presumably your birth in NZ may have been registered in SK?
I don't even have a S Korean passport, But apparently I am in the Korean registry. I was born in and have lived in NZ my whole life.

So apparently I can visit Korea for less than 90 days unless I want to service.

My family was unaware I even had Korean nationality/citizenship and so did not renounce my Korean nationality because they didnt know it existed (Its too late apparently so I can only visit Korea for 90 days or less until Im 35 or something now unless I want to do conscription)

Reckon I'd be alright? I let the Security vetting people know about my situation.

However the SK M.O.D would NEVER give a letter saying I dont have to serve (They always outright refuse to do these), BUT the law does state that I am classed as a "Second Generation korean" and therefore do not have to serve unless I report a permanent return (90 days or more) or my parents decide to return to Korea which they dont intend to do.
 
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Do you hold, or have ever held a S. Korean pasport (including being on a parent's passport when young) ?

If not, then presumably your birth in NZ may have been registered in SK?
Just got off the phone with the embassy here in NZ and they confirmed that I dont have to do conscription unless I intend to stay in South Korea for more than a consecutive 90 days.

Would that make me alright? Would there be any reason to deny me clearance because I cant return to Korean for 90+ straight days? Korea isnt my home country in any regard and I never intend to live there.

They said they would figure out if they could get a letter stating all this but it is information available on the official Korean websites too that I am classed as a second generation Korean.
 

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