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Apply for a security screening: Step 3. How to apply

For all security screening requests (reliability status, enhanced reliability, secret, or top secret), complete and submit the Personnel screening, consent and authorization form.

Make sure to review What you need before you start. The online application form does not allow you to save information as you go.

Note: if you want to keep a record of your request, print the form before you submit. You may also email after you submit to request a copy of the form.

How long it will take to process your application

For an online application to be successfully submitted to the Personnel Security Screening Unit, it must first be approved by the hiring official identified by the individual. Once an online application is received by the Personnel Security Screening Unit, a security screening file will be created and assigned to an analyst for processing, at which point the below service standards will commence. Applications may be processed in:

  • 20 business days for reliability status
  • 60 business days for secret security clearance
  • 75 business days for top secret security clearance
  • 100 business days for enhanced reliability status plus secret security clearance

Estimated processing times only apply to properly completed applications. When further investigation is required, the estimated processing times no longer apply.

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Contact us

Personnel Security Screening Unit
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

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