DUI’s may result in visa revocations

There is a relatively new Department of State policy regarding visa revocations for individuals already in the U.S. with nonimmigrant visas. The Visa Office has instructed consular officers worldwide to prudentially revoke the visas of those with a DUI arrest that has occurred within the past 5 years, unless that arrest has already been addressed within the context of a previous visa application. This basically means that if you are arrested for DUI once you are here in the U.S. (after your nonimmigrant visa has been issued by the U.S. Consulate), your visa stamp is likely to be revoked and you will need to apply for a new visa stamp (and required to go through a medical examination) if you travel outside the United States and hope to return to the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa such as E, L, H-1B, etc. This is just one of the many reasons why you should not drink and drive! If you are arrested for DUI, please understand that there could be major immigration implications and you should consult immediately with a criminal attorney and/or immigration attorney as the potential consequences are now much more severe.

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