I'm international student holding F1 VISA. And my VISA has expired but my I-20 won't expire by next year.
I was recently arrested for domestic violence due to some misunderstanding, and released the second day, and I'm not charged.
1. Will my expired F1 VISA get revoked? I guess not because it's already expired? However I know DUI arrest without conviction can lead to nonimmigrant VISA revoked, and I really don't wanna have any VISA revocation record, which may lead to problem for my future VISA application.
2. Since I'm not charged or convicted, I guess I could maintain my F1 status until my graduation? I won't be deported?
3. I'll graduate soon and prepare to apply OPT (word authorization for F1 VISA holder), would this arrest have any negative impact on my OPT application?
"I'm not charged." That does not mean you will not be charged. Around Seattle, arrested persons are often released (instead of being held in jail) as the prosecutors want more time to decide whether to charge the persons.
The prosecutors have at least a year to charge criminal law offenses in WA. For a gross misdemeanor, the statute of limitations is 2 years. For a felony, the statute of limitations is at least 3 years.
Aliens convicted of crimes involving domestic violence against certain persons (such as a spouse or a minor child) is subject to deportation.
You should review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
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