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No convictions anywhere in the world.
The incident in question was 4 years ago.
I do not recall admitting anything to the police, but they may have extracted information that I was not aware of. I did not sign any confession or otherwise explicitly admit to guilt. I had to appear in court some months later and my mother showed up and told the prosecutor that she would not testify, the charges were dropped. The prosecutor had pictures of my mother's bruises and my mother's original complaint on file.
(not sure if this reply made it to you - resending)
I take it from your response that almost any police record (even with charges dropped) is likely to result in a denial of citizenship. Why then do they have an entire section that allows for explanations of extenuating circumstances? Is this just a practical way to flush out admissions so that finding police reports is easier for them? I am trying to understand the percentage of people with police records who apply for and receive citizenship - is it a very low percentage?
Also, can you please expand on the difference between applying for an extension to my green card vs. applying for citizenship in terms of background and biometric checks as it pertains to police reports? Not sure if it is relevant, but I have misplaced my green card and would have to apply for a replacement, as I was hoping to travel later this year. This is what prompted me to consider citizenship, since the Chicago USCIS office confirmed that I can apply for citizenship with a misplaced green card as long as I have a photocopy.
Hi, Your reply states that immigration does not keep statistics, however you do not mention your personal experience in working 10 years as an immigration lawyer.How many immigration cases with police reports (no convictions) have you personally been involved in and what percentage resulted in denial of citizenship? Immi
Now I am truly confused ...
Your original response seemed to imply that I will likely be denied (ie. most similar cases will be denied), but your personal recollection suggests only one case where convictions were involved being denied - this is a huge variance between two extremes. I am not asking for definitive statistics, but you must at least have some sense of whether or not similar cases in your personal experience have been mostly denied or mostly approved (or even equally split between denied/approved)
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