In my teens I spent a semester in the US as part of a study abroad program. While I was there I was convicted of underage alcohol consumption. I owned up immediately, went to court, quickly paid all my fines in full, completed a years probation despite returning to Ireland and ensured it was expunged. I still have all the paperwork for the incident and I am just wondering the effect it will have on my application? Also the DS-156 form asks: "Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty or other similar legal action? Have you ever unlawfully distributed or sold a controlled substance(drug), or been a prostitute or procurer for prostitutes?" - Am I right in saying "yes" to this?
If the offense required prof beyond a reasonable doubt, then it is a crime and the answer is yes.
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Correct. Disclose this and any other arrests/convictions. This should not prevent you from being admissible.
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Answer truthfully to all the questions; have certificate of disposition available for the consul to review; you should be ok.
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