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DS-230 Q.33 Dropped out of high school

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Hello everyone, I need help please!

I'm working on DS-230 part 1 and I'm having a problem with filling out question 33.

33. List all educational institutions attended.

Before I start, I have to say what I have done is wrong but I really need your help please.

I went to high school in Japan but dropped out and never gained a high school diploma. Here is what I did and I know this is wrong: I made a fake diploma to enter college in the U.S. and graduated with an AA degree.

My question is this. This is a rare case but is there anyone who has done the same or something similar? If there is, what did you put for the question? I came up with the following 2 ways to fill it out.

1. Put my educational background as it is. Start from elementary school and for high school, put the actual period I attended the high school under From/To and put "none" under Degree or Diploma.

This is honest but I wonder if it won't seem suspicious to graduate from college without a high school diploma. Will I get asked about this at the interview?

2. Just put the college information.

It says "List below all educational institution." so I don't have to lie but I'm not following the instruction.

I'm very worried and don't know what to put. Please someone kindly help me out.

Your answer will be very much appreciated!!! Thank you.

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I only filled out my highest education information which were college and university. I did not fill out any high school information and I had no questions ask.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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moving thread to:

US Embassy and Consulate Discussion

This is the place to post your experiences or questions related to this last step before moving to the US. Topics relating to I-134's, packets sent from consulate and medical & police certificates should be posted here.


YMMV

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Whether you choose to list anything before college or not, be honest. Never intentionally lie about anything on an immigration form, even if it's not a "material fact" that would affect your eligibility.

Now, with that disclaimer out the way...

The US government does not care whether you actually finished high school, and there are many many people in the US who have gotten a college degree without ever obtaining a high school diploma. Even if the college absolutely requires that every student be a high school graduate (which most do), there are alternatives to actually graduating from high school. If you pass the GED test then you would have the equivalent of a high school diploma that would be acceptable at almost any college or university in the US. In California, there's a test called the California High School Proficiency Exam. If you pass this test, then you are admissible in any public college or university in the state. Many other states have similar exams. You don't have to attend any "educational institution" in order to take and pass one of these tests.

The bottom line is that it is not unusual to see someone who has a college degree, but did not finish high school. It won't look suspicious on your DS-230. If it comes up at the interview (which is unlikely) then you'll have to decide how to answer the question. :whistle:


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Japan
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moving thread to:

US Embassy and Consulate Discussion

This is the place to post your experiences or questions related to this last step before moving to the US. Topics relating to I-134's, packets sent from consulate and medical & police certificates should be posted here.

Thank you payxibka. I'm new to this website. Thank you for your help!

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Whether you choose to list anything before college or not, be honest. Never intentionally lie about anything on an immigration form, even if it's not a "material fact" that would affect your eligibility.

Now, with that disclaimer out the way...

The US government does not care whether you actually finished high school, and there are many many people in the US who have gotten a college degree without ever obtaining a high school diploma. Even if the college absolutely requires that every student be a high school graduate (which most do), there are alternatives to actually graduating from high school. If you pass the GED test then you would have the equivalent of a high school diploma that would be acceptable at almost any college or university in the US. In California, there's a test called the California High School Proficiency Exam. If you pass this test, then you are admissible in any public college or university in the state. Many other states have similar exams. You don't have to attend any "educational institution" in order to take and pass one of these tests.

The bottom line is that it is not unusual to see someone who has a college degree, but did not finish high school. It won't look suspicious on your DS-230. If it comes up at the interview (which is unlikely) then you'll have to decide how to answer the question. :whistle:

Thank you Jim for your advice.

I'm thinking of taking the GED test when I go back to the US. But I'm relieved to hear that this is not that unusual and won't look suspicious. I think I'll just put my college info that way at least I don't have to lie. Thank you so much again!

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