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I'm currently an international student in the united states on an F-1 visa and this summer I'll be going back home to apply for another f-1 since I will be switching universities.
However, this year I was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol and given a citation to appear before court.

I got a lawyer and he told me to just do 15 hours of community service and he will get the judge to dismiss the case without a diversion program or anything.

So when I reapply for an F-1 visa will that cause any problems? What about when I am in the airport re-entering the US next year, will they bring it up? ( I haven't told my parents so I don't want them to find out through the officer at the airport asking about it ).

Thanks in advance

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Ok, keep in mind that no one has a "right" to a visa, it is a discretionary benefit. Also keep in mind that only U.S. Citizens have a "right" to enter and not even the U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident spouses of U.S. Citizens have such a right. With that in mind, you always have to understand that your entry into the U.S. is at the discretion of the U.S.


That being said, your crime is a very minor one. Especially if it is dismissed, it should not cause you to be prevented entry into the U.S. However, you should carry with you when you travel, certified copies of the police report and the court disposition to prove what happened and that it was dismissed. Your parents don't need to find out, but you should carry those documents with you to have the fastest and easiest time of entry into the U.S.


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