I was detained over at Macy's after checkout because of tag switching(value of $310). Then LP guy took my ID, asked for my information and took a picture of me and he said it will be just between me and Macy's and it will not be seen on background checks. He didn't call the police, I wasn't give any court date, so I wasn't arrested. He gave me some papers to sign. One saying that I would not come into Macy again or I will be arrested. The other was probably about confession of shoplifting. I don't remember and they didn't give me any copies. I wasn't told I have to pay civil fee that I've been reading about which is $500. I have no prior record. I'm on F-1 right now and my employer will apply for my H1-B soon. Would it be obstacle during the process? What are the possible outcomes?
Have your foreign student adviser give you the name of a local attorney that can request a copy of what you signed.
After you have done your 'homework' you will be able to make better/informed decisions.
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I agree with my colleague. You need to get a copy of what you signed. It is hard to tell how it will affect you until you know exactly what it is.
In addition to what you sign, you may be questioned regarding the incident by a Consulate Officer. Ideally you should discuss this with an immigration attorney before you make the visa application.
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