I am working in the US with a L1-B visa and unfortunately got a DUI, and now I know that would need to renew my visa to be able to travel outside the US (requirement for my job).
In average from what you have seen how much time does it take the whole process to do the interview at the consulate - get medical clearance and my visa stamped?
If they determine you are barred based on alcoholism, it could take a full year. Check how they handle it at your US consulate.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
You will be referred to the US consulate's "panel physician" who will examine you in order to determine whether you are an alcoholic or not.
If successfully pass the tests, then with all other things being equal, should be issued the visa. Otherwise could easily take a year or more.
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Should you be referred to a panel physician processing time can be 6-12 months.
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