Balance paid off and loan satisfied. Ultimately released by the bank with satisfactory letter. How do I answer questions on N-400 about court citations, shall I answer yes or no? Also, do I have to mention to the immigration officer at time of interview that I had a civil judgment? It is a public record, I am sure they would have that information through background check. Please advise. Thank you.
Civil judgments need not be revealed on form N-400.
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I agree with Counsel Shusterman that civil judgments are not required for disclosure as a part of the criminal background eligibility for N400 purposes. You may explain if asked about any civil cases and provide a proof of the satisfied judgment, however, from the stand point of any criminal citations as narrated you have nothing to reveal.
You are correct that they would be able to obtain this information through a background check, so your best bet as always is to disclose your background truthfully. Answer yes and explain in detail what happened. Then, provide evidence that this issue has been resolved (i.e. copies of pay-off, letter that everything has been paid off, etc.). I doubt it should give you any problems if you can show that since 2007, you have had no problems and that you have taken care of all payments.
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