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Should I answer 'yes' on visa application for conviction of a crime? If I have a infraction -- Evasion of fare.

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Filed under: F-1 visa for students

I am a F-1 visa student. I am in the US now. I forgot my student ID with free transportation pass on it and got caught. I was charged and the case is closed. They don't have any of my ID number nor my scanned fingerprint. I plan to leave the US in July and come back in Aug. I am wondering if this infraction will affect my visa? And if I might be rejected to enter in the airport? I know I may clear my record according to the court website. But is it necessary?Thank you!!

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  1. Infractions in California do not count as convictions for immigration purposes. You can safely answer no to this question on your visa application as long as you don't have any other convictions on your record. I'll attach a great document explaining this. Good luck. - Disclaimer: This a general answer to your legal question. Unless you have a signed engagement letter with me, you should not consider this information to be legal advice.

  2. Although I tend to follow the theory that it doesn't hurt to say yes ... because telling the 'whole' truth is always the best policy ... I will defer to Ms. Gasson's answer.

    By the way, records can not be 'cleared' from an immigration perspective.

    Get a full certified copy of the court file before attempting to clear things.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Also, keep in mind that this is an INTERNET BLOG. You should not rely on anything you read here to make decisions which impact on your life. Meet with an attorney, via Skype, or in person, to obtain competent personal and professional guidance.

  3. I agree with my colleague.

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