Dallas, TX asked in Immigration Law for Texas

Q: if you got a dui 5 years ago can you still apply for a visa?

my friend worked in the us for many years then got deported for a DUI 5 years ago. he's been a full time student Mexico. it was 5 years ago for the dui. can he come here legally to be a student keeping his above 3.5 gpa and then try to get citizenship? can he even get a work visa since he got the dui? he wants to be here legally and work and go to school and be a normal american.

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Lindsay G Gray

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX

A: It may be the deportation more than the DUI that will cause problems. He would want to look into whether he was actually deported or whether he was granted voluntary departure. While a single DUI is usually not a grounds of inadmissibility (thus barring eligibility for a visa), some consulates are now adopting policies about DUIs being evidence of "habitual drunkenness, Cuidad Juarez being one of them. I would recommend he consult with an immigration lawyer about his options. And best of luck to him!

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