I am currently looking at public sector jobs in London and have an interview next week for a central government/Civil Service role for which the security clearance level required is Security Check (SC). Official UK Gov guidance advises that one should be resident in the UK for a reasonable period in order for meaningful checks to be carried out while most recruitment agencies and other threads I found advise you need to have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years to obtain SC clearance. I have also seen other roles that note not having 5 years UK residency does not mean you are ineligible to apply but that it may mean your SC will take longer and/or not be possible.
If I am successful in my interview and I am offered a role, is it highly unlikely that I could obtain SC clearance given I have never been UK resident? Anyone know if ways around this? I do know that SC can take months and months so it might even go against me if I was successful. FYI it's not a high-level or niche role.
I have queried this with the recruitment team but just want to see if anyone has had any direct experience with it. Thanks for any advice in advance.