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I have had my i601 approved and went down medical today (i

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hi, so i have had my i601 approved and went down for my medical today (i am currently living in england and my medical was down in london). when the dr asked if i have ever done drugs i confessed to smoking cannabis about 10 years ago when in amsterdam.
she then said i will have to take a drug test. i gave a urine sample which i know will be fine however will it go against me that i once smoked cannabis?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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The cannabis from 10 years ago is not going to show up in your system. The physician gave you a UA (urine analysis test) to see if you will come up positive for more recent times. Assuming you do not, then the physician is not likely going to even mention that you admitted to drugs 10 years ago, and would only go off whatever the result is.

In the unlikely scenario that the physician does mention that you smoked cannabis 10 years ago on their report, then USCIS has discretion whether or not to approve the visa. Under Sec. 212 (8 U.S.C.1182) you are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States if you "voluntarily admit to having committed a crime involving moral turpitude." Smoking cannabis falls into this, regardless of WHEN the smoking occurred. However USCIS has relaxed in the last few years about this since marijuana is becoming more and more tolerated. In addition, one can ask for a WAIVER to be let in even if denied based on the admission of smoking, and again, it would be at USCIS's discretion.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i saw her writing this info down as i told her. was that the report?
i also mentioned that it was when i was in amsterdam where doing this was legal.
i will pass the urine test. but worried about me being honest in the first place!!
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.


I note that you have had your I-601 approved. If so, then the marijuana admission falls under this waiver. It is up to USCIS to determine whether to grant it or not.

I do not know where she wrote this down - whether it was on the form or not. So, I cannot say. It does not matter WHERE it was smoked, I am afraid.

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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi yes, one quick question, now I have submitted my medical when will the embassy invite me for the interview? I've been told usually around 6 weeks later? Also how do I rate you??
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for your follow up. Every consulate/embassy is different, but it normally takes about 6 weeks to 4 months or so for them to respond. So that is the ESTIMATED time frame, but again, it depends on the consulate/embassy, and how busy they are.

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