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A question about a question on the I-485 form (“Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status”)

Has any spy, saboteur, terrorist, or party with similar ill intent ever answered this question truthfully?

Excerpt from 'Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status', showing question 5: 'Do you intend to engage in the United States in: a. Espionage? [Yes] [No] / b. Any activity a purpose of which is opposition to, or the control or overthrow of, the Government of the United States, by force, violence, or other unlawful means? [Yes] [No] / c. Any activity to violate or evade any law prohibiting the export from the United States of goods, technology, or sensitive information? [Yes] [No]

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3 replies on “A question about a question on the I-485 form (“Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status”)”

I remember filling that out – I was shocked by how many Nazi-related questions were on there.

And congrats! I-485! You’re on the home stretch!

The purpose of the question isn’t to get people to admit to their anti-government beliefs but to create paperwork that would allow the government to deport them when and if they are caught committing a deportable crime.

Thane: I know, but I still wonder who, if anyone, has ever answered “yes”.

A more everyday example is the “no jeans” rule that a number of bars and dance clubs have. It’s enforced only in cases where someone’s acting rowdy or causing trouble in some way — it gives the establishment a clear-cut reason to eject a problem patron.

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