I came in the US a year and a half ago (summer of 2013) with an F1 Visa, but right before that, I was convicted with a DUI in Romania (my native country), and just recently the case was over and I got a pretty big fine, but no penal record. I want to apply for an H1b visa. Should I respond with yes or no for "Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or similar action?" in the DS-160 form? Does it matter that it was not in the US? Thank you!
your criminal history anywhere in the world matters. Best to be truthful on the form.
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I must advise you to disclose the conviction. Better yet, bring a complete Court certified disposition of the criminal Court matter, translated into English along with a copy of the Section of the Penal or Motor Vehicle Code involved. The good news is that , absent a serious accident or personal injury, DUI's are not yet grounds of inadmissibility to the USA. However, failure to disclose the exsistence of the conviction is a serious omission.
I must be direct: Why are you asking this question.
Yes is yes.
You can not hide your fact.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is the ONLY way to deal with the US government.
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