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Global Entry - left a question blank that's not required

Old Jan 3, 20, 8:33 am
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Global Entry - left a question blank that's not required

I completed my Global Entry application today (I am a UK citizen) but slightly worried I have screwed up as I left the "Have you ever been arrested" question blank instead of writing "No". I thought it was strange that it had a textbox there instead of a YES/NO and given it didn't have a red asterisk * I left it blank.

Am I overthinking this or could that fact I have left it blank lead to questions? Just to clarify, I have never been arrested!


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Old Jan 3, 20, 9:47 am
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I think that you have vastly complicated something very simple.

Presumably your UK criminal history will show up as :"clean" and CBP will check US records. But, the blank leaves open the question of whether there is some third country where you have a record.

Presuming that you otherwise make it to the conditional approval stage, at your interview, you should expect to be asked and should be prepared to provide an unequivocal "no"
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Old Jan 8, 20, 9:20 am
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You only put anything in the box if the answer to the arrest question is 'yes'.

If you havn't been arrested etc then leave the box blank.

I left that box blank (as I have never been arrested etc) and it caused no issue not even being raised by the CBP officer at my interview. I certainly would not expect to be asked about it.

During my interview I was only asked to confirm that everything on my application was true (it was) and if I needed to add or change any info (I didn't). They don't go through every question on the form with you trying to catch you out.
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Old Jan 8, 20, 9:31 am
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You only put anything in the box if the answer to the arrest question is 'yes'.

If you havn't been arrested etc then leave the box blank.

I left that box blank (as I have never been arrested etc) and it caused no issue not even being raised by the CBP officer at my interview. I certainly would not expect to be asked about it.

During my interview I was only asked to confirm that everything on my application was true (it was) and if I needed to add or change any info (I didn't). They don't go through every question on the form with you trying to catch you out.
Thanks for the reassurance.
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Old Jan 9, 20, 10:40 am
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Agree it's oddly formatted. Unless your answer should be yes, I wouldn't worry about leaving it blank vs. typing "no". The purpose for the box is to alert people who have had charges expunged to disclose those - as the long thread on how to deal with charges that were expunged, deleted, pardoned, etc. shows is an issue for a number of applicants.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 5:31 pm
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Left it blank. They didn't even mention it in the interview and I was approved before I left the room. CA took about a day so it didn't effect that either.
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