I am an international student on a F1 visa I was arrested for DUI in Oct 2015. I hired a DUI lawyer & we are in process of getting the case resolved. (My lawyer recently informed me that he got me a "reckless driving" plea deal but my next court date is in 3 weeks)
Last week I received an unfortunate news of my mother's sudden death for which I had to travel urgently back to my country. I was worried that traveling during a pending case could create problems for immigration hence I got a letter from my school regarding my overall performance and that I need to be back for my finals in 2 weeks. I also got a letter from my lawyer explaining the details of the case and the fact that he would be representing me while I am gone & my mother's death certificate.
Yesterday as I tried to board my flight back to US. I was informed by the airline officials that I do not have clearance to travel to US (My visa might have been revoked) and I should contact US embassy for further information. As it is a weekend I can do very little about that. I am gravely concerned as to what would happen next and how can I get my Visa situation resolved and be back for my exams. My life depends on it.
It is not quite uncommon situation. You will need to reapply for a visa with a consulate and try to convince the consul that you are not inadmissible.
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Recent state department policy is to revoke non-immigrant visas (including HB1 and F1) upon notice of a DUI arrest (not conviction). The theory is that driving under the influence is indicative of a possible Immigration and Naturalization Act §212(a)(1)(A)(iii) ineligibility for a physical or mental disorder associated with harmful behavior. You will most likely be required to have a medical examination certifying that you do not have a substance abuse disorder and reapply for a visa. You should retain US immigration counsel immediately.
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Likely you may need to have a medical examination certifying that you do not have a substance abuse disorder and reapply for a visa.
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