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It’s important to answer all questions truthfully

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014    

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Question: I was arrested when I was very young but the charges were dropped. Question 38 of the visa application form asks if I have ever been arrested or convicted of any offence or crime. Do I have to answer yes to this question, even though the charges were dropped?

A: Yes. Even if the charges were dropped and your record was expunged, it is important that you answer the question truthfully. The consular officer can then discuss with you the nature of the offence and whether itaffects your eligibility for a US visa. If you have court documents relating to your arrest and the disposition of your case, you may wish to bring those with you to your visa interview.

It is especially important to answer the question truthfully because, even though an arrest or conviction might not make you ineligible for a visa, concealing information on the application or during the interview can make you permanently ineligible for a visa.

You can find more information about how to travel to the US on our website, www.kingston.usembassy.gov. Keep on top of Embassy news on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Embassy-Jamaica and by following USEmbassyJA on Twitter. We also answer general visa questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Embassy staff in Kingston will answer questions you may have regarding the US Mission, including consular law, regulations and/or practice. In order to respect privacy, staff will not answer questions about specific visa applications. The embassy employs a visa appointment system, so it is only necessary for visa applicants to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

Send your questions to: editorial@jamaicaobserver. com and we will send them to the embassy.

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