For any role in MI6, you must meet the following criteria:
You must be a British citizen
You will need to pass security clearance
You will need to be over the age of 21 when you begin
your security vetting
You will have to pass medical and drugs
All candidates should launch their applications via the
website from within the UK. Those based overseas are
advised to wait until they visit the UK before
launching an application. Applying from outside the UK will
impact on our ability to progress your application.
You must be a British citizen. In addition, at least one
of your parents must be (or have been) a British citizen or have
substantial ties with the UK.
British dual nationals may apply but if successful you will
normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship as a
condition of confirmation of appointment in MI6.
You will also need to meet our residency rule. This means
that you will need to have lived in the UK for the majority of
the last 10 years prior to your application. There are
some exceptions to this rule, for example, studying abroad, serving
overseas with HM forces or living overseas with your parents, and
you may still be eligible even if you have not been here for all
If you are interested in applying but are not sure whether you
meet our nationality or residence criteria we suggest that you
apply anyway. We will let you know whether we can take your
The nature of our work is such that our people have access to a
wide amount of sensitive information. Should this information get
into the wrong hands, then national security would be put at risk.
Consequently, we owe it to both our staff and the public at large
to insist on the most stringent Security Clearance
procedures. You'll undergo a process of Developed Vetting, which
will include an in-depth look into your life - including your
finances. It's essential not to conceal or lie about any of the
vetting criteria, or your application will not be taken forward.
This process can take at least three months.
Please be aware that in order to obtain Developed Vetting
Security Clearance, you must be over the age of 21.
For more information on Security Clearance, please click
Medical and drugs tests
You'll need to complete an on-line medical questionnaire which,
depending on your responses, may be followed up by our Occupational
Health team. You'll also be tested for drugs. If you have used
Class A drugs within the last 12 months, or Class B/C drugs in the
last six months, your application will not be taken forward.
We are unable to accept your application if (at the time
of application) you:
- Have used Class A drugs (for example, Ecstasy, Cocaine etc) in
the last 12 months.
- Have used Class B/C drugs (for example, Amphetamines, Cannabis,
Ketamine etc) in the last 6 months.
- Are currently being treated for an addiction (for example to
alcohol or gambling) or have received such treatment in the last 12
- Have ever suffered from manic depression or schizophrenia.
- Are currently bankrupt or the subject of an Individual
Voluntary Agreement (IVA).