Is accepting a crime even if the police did not press charge me, an automatic denial under immigration?

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Is accepting a crime even if the police did not press charge me, an automatic denial under immigration?

I had a complaint against me 4 months back by my wife when I pushed her but was not arrested or any charges pressed on me. I am going to apply for the citizenship. I got a copy of the police report and it states that I had accepted that I had pushed her. Since I did commit I have to say yes but when I answer good moral character, “Yes” will my application be denied even though I had no charges on me? Do I have to keep of the police report with the application form?

Asked on October 21, 2011 under Immigration Law, Florida

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Without knowing specifically what happened when the police got involved, it is difficult to say what you will need to acknowledge and what you do not need to admit.  You can admit whatever you admitted on the police report but that, in and of itself, should not prevent you from getting any immigration benefits if there were never any charges pressed against you, if you were never arrested or convicted.  You can have a copy of the report with you at the time of the interview so that you can show it to the officer, in case you are questioned about it.  I would not worry too much about it since it does not appear that there is any record of this other than the police report.


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