Las Vegas, NV asked in Immigration Law for Nevada

Q: I was detained at the airport, requested asylum and later on granted.

The question is for the Naturalization N-400 Application.

What do I answer to the question: have you ever been arrested?

When I applied for a permanent residency, my formar attorney advised me to answer No to this type of question.

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Matthew Borowski Esq
Matthew Borowski Esq
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Buffalo, NY

A: Did you read the full question?

It says: 23. Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement official (including any immigration official or any official of the U.S. armed forces) for any reason?

You just said that you were detained at the airport. You were probably detained by an immigration official. So the answer is yes.

The question on the I-485 is worded differently. It asks if you've ever been arrested for breaking a law. That would not cover being detained as an asylum seeker at the port of entry.

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