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DS160- Arrest Question

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In 2014, there was a warrant issued for my arrest for failure to pay an old traffic ticket. When I got pulled over, the officer saw there was a warrant issued and put me under arrest. He took me to the police station where I had my fingerprints taken, etc. After that I paid off the warrant, and was released right after. 

In the following question of the DS160: "Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other similar action?".... Should I put yes even though it was for a warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket? I'm not sure if this constitutes as an "offense". 

Thank you in advance for your advice!

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10 minutes ago, 2019&beyond said:

In 2014, there was a warrant issued for my arrest for failure to pay an old traffic ticket. When I got pulled over, the officer saw there was a warrant issued and put me under arrest. He took me to the police station where I had my fingerprints taken, etc. After that I paid off the warrant, and was released right after. 

In the following question of the DS160: "Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other similar action?".... Should I put yes even though it was for a warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket? I'm not sure if this constitutes as an "offense". 

Thank you in advance for your advice!

Yes, disclose.  It is better to disclose then not to disclose and if it comes up at the interview you can explain in more detail.    If you were fingerprinted, they will see it for biometrics when you go to adjust status and could cause potential trouble down the road. So when in doubt -- disclose.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, GP1977 said:

Yes, disclose.  It is better to disclose then not to disclose and if it comes up at the interview you can explain in more detail.    If you were fingerprinted, they will see it for biometrics when you go to adjust status and could cause potential trouble down the road. So when in doubt -- disclose.

 

 

True. That's some pretty solid advice right there. Thank you!

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they know everything (or will find out). always be honest, always full disclosure.


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1 hour ago, 2019&beyond said:

True. That's some pretty solid advice right there. Thank you!

Yes, @GP1977 gave good advice. They ask if you have been arrested at anytime. They do not specify that it has to be a big or small violation. Many people assume that since they were not sentenced to prison that they don't have to disclose arrests. They want to know if you have been in handcuffs, in back of a police car, in front of a judge, or sat in jail.


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Ok got it. Btw is it normal to receive an email from the embassy with interview date (that I did not schedule) without receiving anything in the mail yet? I thought I scheduled the interview myself after I receive packet from embassy.

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2 minutes ago, 2019&beyond said:

Ok got it. Btw is it normal to receive an email from the embassy with interview date (that I did not schedule) without receiving anything in the mail yet? I thought I scheduled the interview myself after I receive packet from embassy.

all consulates are different. some you are allowed to schedule, some schedule for you


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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1 hour ago, 2019&beyond said:

Ok got it. Btw is it normal to receive an email from the embassy with interview date (that I did not schedule) without receiving anything in the mail yet? I thought I scheduled the interview myself after I receive packet from embassy.

Without knowing which embassy, it’s hard to answer. Some embassies expect the applicant to select the interview date. Some embassies assign appointments themselves. 


 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, 2019&beyond said:

Ok got it. Btw is it normal to receive an email from the embassy with interview date (that I did not schedule) without receiving anything in the mail yet? I thought I scheduled the interview myself after I receive packet from embassy.

Wow. I sure wish I got one of those emails. 

 

There is an adage about gift horses and looking in their mouths.  

 

Congratulations on getting the interview date.  

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12 hours ago, 2019&beyond said:

Should I put yes even though it was for a warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket?

Yes of course you must say you were arrested. This is your offense right here: failure to pay resulting in a warrant. This is what you will explain to them.

Good luck!


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