when I filed the I--485 I answered the following question NO
Have you EVER, in or outside the United state:
Been arrested, cited, charged, indicted, convicted, fined, or imprisoned for breaking or violating any law or ordinance, excluding traffic violations?
One month before the interview I remembered that I had case 9 years ago in my home country. in that case, someone accused me with hit and run. The Judge found me not guilty and dismiss the case. During the interview, I gave the officer a copy of case document and Certificate of Non-Conviction and I ask him to make correction for that question, the officer didn't make the correction because I never been to jail for this case. is this laying on the form? should I send correction letter? will it be a problem when I file for citizenship
Hello, the best thing would be to have a short consultation with an Immigration Attorney to make sure no important details are missing from your story. Yes, in some cases it is a good idea to add a letter of explanation, but in other cases, it is better to wait until you are being asked for a specific document or explanation
Your question appears to say that you notified the officer of the correction at the time of your interview and you provided documentation to the officer including the disposition showing that you were found not-guilty and the case was dismissed.
Since you notified the officer at the time of the interview you actually did correct the record, and you asked for the record to be corrected. The only problem you may have ---- you did not have an attorney with you I presume, so you did not have someone representing you to witness that you gave them this documentation. You could have provided a cover letter, or something showing that you are providing them these documents and to amend your I-485 and an attorney would have done that for you.
Since your case was approved (as you say) it does not appear the officer had any issues with your criminal disposition. Still if you do not get your actual green card in the next 90 days be sure to go see a competent AILA attorney and they can follow up. They can also memorialize for the record what you told the officer and provide a cover letter for you. Also be sure to consult an AILA attorney prior to filing your N400.
As you were honest in your interview and provided them will full information you should not have any issues.
However, it is always best to consult with an immigration attorney on these matters. Depending on the specifics of your situation an attorney may advise you to submit a formal, written correction/addendum.
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