PUBLIC’S QUESTION: Immigration Interview
I am scheduled for my citizenship interview. When I had an argument with my wife she called the police. The officer came our home and advised us. there was no arrest or other charges.I had mentioned this in N 400. I have a copy of the police report with me. That’s the only thing available. I checked with the courts records office and they don’t have any record of me. My question is a copy of the police report enough or can I get a certified copy. How do I get a certified police report? During the interview Do I have to tell the whole story about it or a brief summary would be enough? thank you
It can sometimes be difficult to obtain the proper copies of the proper paperwork. In order to clarify whether your report is being held at the Sheriff’s Office, the County Clerk, or in some other city or county official’s office, you may have to do some research and thorough calling around. Sometimes, police reports are not public record and thus you may only receive a letter from the police either indicating the authenticity of your own report or stating that the record is not public. You may need an attorney to assist you in this.
As regards the interview process, the USCIS has an express set of guidelines on its interview process. It appears that any conduct or acts which offend the accepted moral character standards of the community in which the applicant resides should be considered, without regard to whether the applicant has been arrested or convicted. The instructions on the N-400 state that you should answer ever question honestly and accurately, and that if you do not, the U.S. may deny your application for lack of good moral character. Each type of alleged offense has differing importance and effect in an interview, so you may not be in considerable risk. You may wish to consult an attorney to further discuss the details of your case.
Most immigration attorneys will provide a consultation free or for a limited fee to discuss your case in more detail.
Best of luck.