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  • What to answer on lie to immigration officer.

    Experts please answer the following scenario:

    I was coming from India and my mother has packed some guavas to eat during my flight. Somehow she packed those in my check in bags. I completely forgot about those during my flight. When I filled my immigration form where it asks that, Are you bringing any fruits etc? I marked as NO. I passed the immigration and came to baggage claim, I could smell the guavas. I went to screening counter and admitted to them that some guavas are still in my bag. The officer screened the bag and confirmed about the fruits. I open the bag and threw the guavas. The officer told me that since you confirmed that you have guavas, there is no citation, or penalty etc. I did not receive anything officially from officer. I did not paid any fine etc and do not have any document to attach with N-400.

    Now the question is that, should I answer ‘YES’ or “NO” to the question, have you ever lied to any government official to gain entry or admission to United States?

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    Originally posted by andy505 View Post
    Experts please answer the following scenario:

    I was coming from India and my mother has packed some guavas to eat during my flight. Somehow she packed those in my check in bags. I completely forgot about those during my flight. When I filled my immigration form where it asks that, Are you bringing any fruits etc? I marked as NO. I passed the immigration and came to baggage claim, I could smell the guavas. I went to screening counter and admitted to them that some guavas are still in my bag. The officer screened the bag and confirmed about the fruits. I open the bag and threw the guavas. The officer told me that since you confirmed that you have guavas, there is no citation, or penalty etc. I did not receive anything officially from officer. I did not paid any fine etc and do not have any document to attach with N-400.

    Now the question is that, should I answer ‘YES’ or “NO” to the question, have you ever lied to any government official to gain entry or admission to United States?
    Since this is a duplicate post and the OP posted the same question in another thread, I am locking it.
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    DO: Newark, NJ
    N-400 mailed to Lewisville, TX: 5/22/09
    N-400 received: 5/26/09
    NOA mailed: 5/26/09 (received two identical NOAs)
    PD: 5/26/09
    Check cashed: 5/28/09
    FP Notice received: 6/8/09
    FP Walk-in completed: 6/16/09
    FP Appointment: 6/26/09
    CFR Yellow Letter received: 8/10/09 (dated 8/5/09)
    Received IL: 8/17/09
    ID: 10/5/09 at 9 am

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