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When I was 14 I was involved in some minor vandalism... I got a letter in the mail today with my initial interview appointment and in the letter it stated that "If you have ever been arrested or detained by any law enforcement officer for any reason, you must bring the following to your adjustment of status interview" The "crime" was about 7 years ago, I was a minor at the time... do I still need to bring in something?? The last bulleted item says "If you have ever had any arrest or conviction vacated, set aside, sealed, expunged or otherwise removed from your record, bring: An original court-ordered certified copy of the court order vacating, setting aside, sealing, expunging, or otherwise removing the arrest of conviction, or any original statement from the court that no record exists of your arrest of conviction."

If I am reading this right I have to contact the court and ask them to prove that the case is sealed or something? I always thought once you turned 18 past crimes or whatever don't follow you so it wouldn't be relevant...

Any help would be greatly appreciated. My appt is Jan 10th so I'd like to get this figured out as soon as possible!!

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I think you would have to go to the courts office and get a dismissal notice, if the case has been dismissed, no criminal record+no conviction=Dismissal notice.

Thanks... I guess I'll call the court and ask them for help. I live in the US right now and haven't been to that town in about 6 years... wonder if they can mail it to me.

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Yes, bring something proving your case was sealed/dismissed/expunged/whatever. Something that is "gone" from everyday life (such as a record that has been expunged) is still accessible to USCIS through their background check. You don't want to NOT bring it and then have it come back to haunt you.


I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.


08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
10.26.2010 - Text/email received - AP approved!
10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
11.10.2010 - EAD received
12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
01.24.2011 - Approved! Card production ordered!


11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
11.08.2012 - Checks cashed
11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
11.23.2012 - Successful early biometrics walk-in

05.03.2013 - Approved! Card production ordered!


Filing in November 2013

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Be honest and provide documents of the case. Leave the decision to an officer. That's all you can do.

09/03/15 - AOS mailed to Chicago

10/05/15 - RFE recvd

10/07/15 - Biometrics done, RFE sent

10/13/15 - Online status changed RFE under review

10/15/15 - 2nd RFE issued and mailed

11/18/15 - RFE response sent

12/03/15 - i765 Approved

12/10/15 - EAD recvd

12/17/15 - Interview is scheduled on Jan 21

01/21/16 - Approved/Card in production

01/28/16 - GC recvd

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