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Old Oct 5th 2017, 12:15 pm   #1
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Hi all,

I have finally had notification of approval for my H1-B petition and am about to complete DS-160. I realise I will need to declare an arrest which happened 13 years ago (when I was a minor, 16 years old). I have obtained a Police Certificate and Subject Access Report - the certificate shows 'No Trace' and the SAR shows the arrest with NFA (No Further Action). The record is completely clean since then.

The incident was related to a fire in a bin at the local park, but the offence is listed as 'Arson'. I was arrested for questioning as I was in the park at the time, but had absolutely nothing to do with the incident itself. I was not charged with anything, in all likelihood I think the police were trying to scare us kids

Do you think this is likely to cause any problems at interview? It was so long ago for me, I had almost forgotten about it but having done some reading it is a bit concerning.

Any advice or experiences would be appreciated!
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 12:30 pm   #2
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Hi all,

I have finally had notification of approval for my H1-B petition and am about to complete DS-160. I realise I will need to declare an arrest which happened 13 years ago (when I was a minor, 16 years old). I have obtained a Police Certificate and Subject Access Report - the certificate shows 'No Trace' and the SAR shows the arrest with NFA (No Further Action). The record is completely clean since then.

The incident was related to a fire in a bin at the local park, but the offence is listed as 'Arson'. I was arrested for questioning as I was in the park at the time, but had absolutely nothing to do with the incident itself. I was not charged with anything, in all likelihood I think the police were trying to scare us kids

Do you think this is likely to cause any problems at interview? It was so long ago for me, I had almost forgotten about it but having done some reading it is a bit concerning.

Any advice or experiences would be appreciated!
It is unlikely to cause you any problems. You were a juvenile and there was no conviction. Good luck with your application.
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 5:04 pm   #3
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Agreed, shouldn't impact anything. You weren't even charged so it's pretty immaterial to the outcome of your visa.
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Old Oct 12th 2017, 12:32 pm   #4
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Just updating for others interested, this was not a problem. Visa approved!
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Just updating for others interested, this was not a problem. Visa approved!
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Old Oct 12th 2017, 3:04 pm   #6
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