Q: Can a traffic moving violation affect a H1B application?

Dear Lawyer, good morning.

I have a question that might seem a silly one.

Last summer in Miami, while in standstill traffic, I got distracted for a second and hit the car in front of me ( speed was very low, bumbers got a little bit damaged, but nobody got injured ).I called the police myself as I had a rental car and needed the report. This resulted in a "careless driving" ticket with no related misdemeanor.

I decided take the online 4 hours BDI course and pay 186$ in fees and this led to a withheld adjudication ( nolo contendere plea ) without any points taken from my driving license.

I am about to apply for an H1B visa this coming April, so my question is: Can that affect in any way the H1B application?

I would like to thank you in advance for your help.

Thank you.

2 Lawyer Answers

Allen C. Ladd

  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC

A: Thank you for your very thoughtful and courteous question! I don't see any problem at all with the H-1B process. It's when driving and alcohol mix that there are serious serious consequences. Piacere!

Peter N. Munsing

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: You should be OK. It's when you have a criminal charge that you get into trouble.

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