Q: Is it smart for a G4 visa holder to contest a parking ticket (wrongly) issued after 52min in a 1hr parking zone?
Google maps timeline shows me departing 57min after arrival. Obviously it was a mistake by the officer. I wonder what's worse for future visa applications - the parking fine, or whatever records result from contesting and going to court. (In Montgomery County MD contested parking tickets go to trial.) It's $95, so in terms of costs I'm not sure contesting makes sense - especially if the judge were to decline records based on Google maps timeline.
A: Municipal parking infractions do not impact visa or immigration determinations, unless perhaps if you do not pay the fine; however, anyone can challenge a parking ticket by requesting a trial. Paying it, however, will not impact your status or approval of any future application.
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