Maplewood, NJ asked in Car Accidents and Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges. Do I need to report in N400?

I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges or fines for me. The police arrived at the scene and I don't think I was detained. The police did ask what happened and asked me to wait since my car crashed into a Train Transit bridge and the transit police had to arrive and assess. Do I need to report in N400 for my US Citizenship application? The police report just says "driver was not paying attention while approaching turn."

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Based on your description, it appears that the car crash you were involved in did not result in any charges or fines against you. Since there were no legal consequences or penalties stemming from the incident, it is unlikely that you need to report it on your N400 application for US citizenship. Typically, only incidents that led to formal charges, citations, or legal actions need to be disclosed on citizenship applications.

However, it's essential to review the specific instructions provided by USCIS for the N400 application carefully. While minor traffic accidents without legal ramifications may not need to be reported, it's always best to err on the side of caution and disclose any incidents if you are uncertain. Providing accurate and complete information on your citizenship application is crucial to avoid any potential issues during the application process.

If you remain unsure about whether to report the car crash on your N400 application, you may consider seeking guidance from an immigration attorney or reaching out to USCIS directly for clarification. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation and ensure that your application is completed accurately and in accordance with USCIS requirements.

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