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Criminal record,case dismissed,applying for citizenship.

Discussion in 'US Citizenship' started by forex_dealer, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. forex_dealer

    forex_dealer Registered Users (C)

    OK,I posted this question in another thread but since it was Atlanta tracker,I didn't get a lot of input so I decided to start another thread in hopes to get more feedback.Bob,thanks for your tips.
    I have been arrested about 2-2.5 months ago for Simple Battery and had a court date for December 19,08.My case has been dismissed and no charges were brought against me,I have a letter from court confirming this.
    I sent my application in this month and have my FP appointment in Jan.6, 2009.
    I know that my arrest will show up and I know that my case has been dismissed but I am still worried about this.
    Will the IO ask for the arrest warrant papers and all?Should I just show IO my court disposition and not bring arrest warrant? I was falsely accused and arrest warrant has all this stupid story that was made up against me and I would hate for the IO to see it and have second thoughts about this case.
    What do you guys think about it? I do have a clean record and never been arrested,everything is good apart from this recent arrest.
    thanks everyone for any feedback.
  2. ganjik

    ganjik Registered Users (C)

    this is exactly my case too. i would love to know various opinions ...
  3. Bobsmyth

    Bobsmyth Volunteer Moderator

    The IO may ask for arrest record and court documents so bring both to interview. If you weren't convicted and the evidence shows this you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
  4. Jackolantern

    Jackolantern Registered Users (C)

    This is what it says on page 25 of the Guide to Naturalization. They mention the arrest report, not the arrest warrant.

  5. JohnnyCash

    JohnnyCash Volunteer Moderator

    No wonder why you would LOVEEEEE to know various opinions on this situation.
  6. forex_dealer

    forex_dealer Registered Users (C)

    Thanks guys,I am not sure what an arrest report is.I do have a court disposition that says that my case has been dismissed and no formal charges have ever been brought against me.This letter doesn't have all the details about arrest.
    However,I think USCIS may have access to arrest records since they do FBI name check and your arrest information is usually entered into FBI database at the time of arrest,right?
  7. Avalon

    Avalon Registered Users (C)

    5 Year Rule

    forex_dealer,

    I think you should be fine. Just take whatever the court papers that you have. I am sure you have disclosed about your arrest in the N-400. Officer will ask you and say yes. Tell him that you were released and all charges were dropped. Show the court papers. Beyond this point, DO NOT volunteer and tell anything else UNLESS specifically asked. Answer up to the point and do not give any answer that will pose another question. Be brief but truthful. Never lie.

    It is unfortunate that this happened in last 3 months. However, my guess is that you should have clean record for last 5 years. I am not sure how much this arrest will carry a weight. You MAY get rejected. Anyone has a different opinion?

    local_dealer.
  8. forex_dealer

    forex_dealer Registered Users (C)


    Thanks for feedback,I do have a clean record for the past 5 years.I don't see how they can reject my case,I haven't been convicted and my case has been dropped,it would be ridiculous to reject somebody's case on this basis.For all they know,I might have been falsely arrested and completely innocent.
  9. needhelp11

    needhelp11 New Member

    Hi...Can you please advise what happened at the interview?? Thanks!!
  10. pleasehelp08

    pleasehelp08 Registered Users (C)

    You don't have to worry about it since there is no conviction. IO may or may not ask for charge sheet but take it to the interview. if this is the only issue, USCIS cannot deny you since there is no conviction.

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