I am an Australian citizen who entered Germany in 2019 on a 3-month tourist visa, and I ended up overstaying by one day (accidentally by miscalculation).
I was taken to the police station within the airport and signed made to sign a few forms. I was given the forms but later threw them away, when moving house (they were bad reminders of a stressful time - I know this wasn't smart).
I don't really remember what the forms said. I think Form 1 was along the lines of "do you understand why you are being detained?" I think Forms 2 was along the lines of "do you give permission to share data". And Form 3 was along the lines of "you admit to an offense".
I asked what the consequences of this were and the officer said "no consequences" and then I was allowed to board my flight.
Flash forward to 2022 and I'm now being hired at a US university, and they want to know about any previous crimes and also this will involve a visa. I want to know three things:
- Did I commit a crime (I suppose a misdemeanour?)
- If so, what was the exact crime, and what would have those forms been?
- Should I inform my employer about this incident (am I required to), and should I note it on the visa forms?