How serious is this detention?

tinaina

Active Member
#1
So I have got a job in a city a year ago and I was on asylum pending and f1 status at that time.
The job was in a city next to the Canada border. I had to drive 30 -40 minutes to work and two weeks after I have started the job, one morning I made a mistake and instead of turning to the road to my work I turned 500 feet early and turn to Canada border( they are really the same and easy to mix up).

The moment I turned I realized I made a mistake so I told the officer I want to turn back and go to work.
He told me if I am a citizen or green card holder and I said no.
He said I have to come inside and I parked my car and went inside.
They took my fingerprints and my picture. asked about my asylum case, my opt, my job.
They let me go after an hour and a half and told me that almost 100 people weekly make this mistake and turn to this road instead of the next one.
I went to work and explained to my boss and she even told me she made the same mistake at the start of her job in this new building.
Anyway, I filled for a green card by myself on February and for the question have you ever been detained I answered no because I didn't know that I actually was detained.
I mean no one put anything around my hand and they were kind of normal with me.
But then a couple of weeks ago when my interview letter came I contacted a lawyer and she told me I had to answer yes to this question.
We draft a letter about the event and I want to bring it by myself to interview, and also I bring my lawyer to the interview as well.

But I am a little worried. I answered no to the question have you ever been cited or detained, and I didn't know I was detained and also I had two traffic tickets and I didn't know I should have mentioned that either.

for one of my traffic ticket, the courthouse waived the fee and didn't take points from my driver license but I don't have any document to prove it.
for the second one, I have a bank statement that I paid in full for my other ticket.

I am planning to give the explanation letter about my detention and talk about my traffic tickets in my interview day.
However, my lawyer recommends to not bring up the traffic tickets unless they ask for it. but she wants me to talk about my detention for sure that I will.

How big of a deal are these things?

Should I be worry?
 

Jbuff

Active Member
#2
Bring up the detention before the officer can, explain what happened,make the correction to your application.
I would follow the lawyers advice regarding the traffic ticket.
 

Jbuff

Active Member
#4
Thanks. How serious this is? Is it a big deal?
I am worried about questions they would ask me.
Yes it's a big deal. You should've mentioned it on the app. That's in the past you can't change that. Only thing now you is try to rectify it. You want to mention it before the officer does in the hopes of showing you have nothing to hide and It was an over sight you not mentioning it on your app to begin with.
 

tinaina

Active Member
#5
Just an update.

Had my interview a couple weeks ago.
I gave the officer a letter of explanation about the incident.
She laughed at what happened and told me it can happen to anyone.
She put a yes in front of the question " have you ever been detained " that I previously answered no.

I saw a couple of days ago case status has changed to "my case has been approved". So I guess I got my green card.
 

1AurCitizen

Registered Users (C)
#6
Just an update.

Had my interview a couple weeks ago.
I gave the officer a letter of explanation about the incident.
She laughed at what happened and told me it can happen to anyone.
She put a yes in front of the question " have you ever been detained " that I previously answered no.

I saw a couple of days ago case status has changed to "my case has been approved". So I guess I got my green card.
Congrats on the green card!

Thanks for updating the forum. And for the clarification on USCIS viewing CBP's border fingerprinting and questions as detention.
 
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