Have you belonged to, contributed to, or worked for any professional, social or charitable organization?

Asked over 1 year ago - Chicago, IL

On visa forms the above question is asked under the section "Additional Work/Education/Training Information", what does it exactly means?
- Every charity I ever contributed to?
- Every professional society or labor union?
- Does a political organization count as a professional or social organization?

Additional information

What if a person forgot to mention this in a previous visa application form due to not clearly understanding the extent of the question? Can they penalize you for this mistake? e.g. 'contribution' could mean financial but read in the context of 'belonged or worked' it can imply 'volunteering'.

Its hard to remember every single charity one has contributed to in the past.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Alan James Brinkmeier

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Yes.

    Every charity you contributed to.

    Every professional society or labor union.

    A political organization does not count as a professional or social organization.

    List every social or professional organization.

    Good luck.

  2. Jeffrey Anton Collins

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . I agree. Full, even over-disclosure, even if you believe insignificant, is the safe bet.

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  3. Dhenu Mitesh Savla


    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Yes a political organization definitely counts. There will likely be no issues unless one of the charities is found to have terrorist ties, or the like, but definitely disclose all.

    Dhenu Savla, Esq.
    SwagatUSA, LLC

    This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice.

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