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Old 01-05-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: LA, US / Malmo, SWE
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I was wondering if there is any chance that I will be denied a VISA for entering the U.S. since I've been punished in my european country for possession of narcotics.

Heard that it's pretty hard if you have had anything to do with "controlled substances".

Any help?
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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yes I believe it will be difficult, I know they do a full fbi background check (or at least they did 18 years ago). It would also probably depend on what level of crime it was. In the US for possession you could get a non-criminal charge, misdemeanor or felony. Are you trying to get a student visa, working visa or permanent resident?
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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For an immigrant or non-immigrant visa, you are asked if you've been convicted of anything and have to provide documentation of it. The question they ask you is "Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more; or been controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?"

If it's considered a crime of moral turpitude it is grounds for being barred from the US. In other cases there may be leeway, but I think rarely in the case of drugs. The US is very, very anti-drug with very harsh drug penalties.
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