As an expert in security clearance and background screening, I'm often asked how long a Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) authorization lasts. The answer is that it depends on the individual's circumstances. For UK citizens, the BPSS check is valid for 10 years and employers must re-check the immigration status of employees not born in the UK every 12 months to ensure they continue to have the right to work in the UK. Generally, BPSS checks can take 5 to 10 business days to complete.
Officially, a BPSS check for UK citizens never expires and can be maintained continuously as long as the person remains employed in the same company. This is true even if a person leaves their job and then returns after a year. When employees change organizations, the new employer may, in some cases, accept an existing BPSS along with their own recommended checks. However, since employers are legally required to carry out most of the elements, such as verifying the right to work, a responsible organization should re-carry out the entire process to mitigate the risk. No, there are no expiration dates for the BPSS controls and no requirement to renew the BPSS once they are finished.
However, it's important to note that checks are instantaneous and that ongoing security management is crucial to identifying any changes. If a candidate has the right to work in the UK for a limited time, in order not to be subject to a civil penalty, he must re-check whether the applicant has the right to work. It's important to note that a BPSS authorization would not be considered sufficient for someone working in a position where they could gain a full understanding of a SECRET strategy, program, or project. Once finished, you must record the checks and results of the BPSS in the person's personal file, known as the BPSS verification record. The BPSS is also the basis for the national security background check (NSV) and is a requirement for anyone applying for this level of authorization. At a high level, the authorization of the BPSS also serves to strengthen and maintain national security, as it protects the nation and its citizens from undesirable threats that could endanger law and order and the general welfare. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) can help you verify all four elements of the BPSS and provide you with a final BPSS report.
Due to the growing number of people who have access to networks connected to the Public Services Network (PSN), as well as to government intranets (wide area networks (WAN)), authorization of the BPSS has become vital for contracting government services. People who need a security clearance (SC) must also successfully complete the BPSS. To adopt a robust and effective approach to selection, a BPSS authorization or a parallel approach could be an essential part of background screening process to mitigate risks and ensure that those hired are right for their positions. In conclusion, while there are no expiration dates for BPSS checks, employers must re-check immigration status every 12 months and should re-carry out full checks when employees change organizations. It's also important to note that a BPSS authorization would not be considered sufficient for someone working in a position where they could gain access to SECRET strategies or projects.