Woodside, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: How to answer?«Have you EVER given any U.S. Gvt officials any information or documentation that was false, .. »? on N400

I am applying for citizenship - during the green card process in 2013 I forgot to disclose a citation for littering (dating back from 2006) on the initial application form. I filed an amendment with a lawyer after realizing the overlook and provided proof that i paid the $75 fine in court and a detailed explanation for the mistake. I was granted my green card without interview but i have no way to know if my amendment made it before or after my green card got approved because i received it about a week after filing the amendment. On form N400 should i answer « yes » or « no » to the question: « Have you EVER given any U.S. Government officials any information or documentation that was false, fraudulent, or misleading? »

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Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in New York

A: I would suggest you explain, on your N-400 application, that you didn't disclose that info on your I-485, and that you did file an amendment. Just be sure to DISCLOSE all the facts and you should be fine. Don't assume it wasn't important enough since it probably had nothing to do with your eligibility for PR. Also on the N-400, be cautious and answer those questions about being "arrested or cited" and "convicted" and "penalty" all in the affirmative. The USCIS officer may or may not care about speeding tickets, littering tickets, etc. but the form is ambiguous so I always handle those questions with extreme care.

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