Q: What issues am I likely to face ay the port of entry ?
I was arrested for possession of THC edibles in Sierra Blanca Texas. The charges were dropped and dismissed since the edibles weren't mine; The arrest constitutes to a felony. How would this affect me in renewing my student visa, applying for a different visa or re-entrying the US ?
A: One of the requirements for naturalization is good moral character (GMC). An applicant for naturalization must show that he or she has been, and continues to be, a person of good moral character. In general, the applicant must show GMC during the five-year period immediately preceding his or her application for naturalization and up to the time of the Oath of Allegiance. Conduct prior to the five-year period may also impact whether the applicant meets the requirement. 
C. Definition of Conviction
1. Statutory Definition of Conviction for Immigration Purposes
Most of the criminal offenses that preclude a finding of GMC require a conviction for the disqualifying offense or arrest. A “conviction” for immigration purposes means a formal judgment of guilt entered by the court. A conviction for immigration purposes also exists in cases where the adjudication of guilt is withheld if the following conditions are met:
•A judge or jury has found the alien guilty or the alien entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere  or has admitted sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt; and
•The judge has ordered some form of punishment, penalty, or imposed a restraint on the alien’s liberty. 
It is not always clear if the outcome of the arrest resulted in a conviction. Various states have provisions for diminishing the effects of a conviction. In some states, adjudication may be deferred upon a finding or confession of guilt. Some states have a pretrial diversion program whereby the case is removed from the normal criminal proceedings. This way the person may enter into a counseling or treatment program and potentially avoid criminal prosecution.
If the accused is directed to attend a pre-trial diversion or intervention program, where no admission or finding of guilt is required, the order may not count as a conviction for immigration purposes. [10
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