Ankeny, IA asked in DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Iowa

Q: Does a DUI arrest automatically revoke a L1B visa? If so, am I still allowed to work in the US?

if a L1B work visa holder got arrested for a DUI but have not received any revocation letter yet, should one assume that the visa is revoked? Also, if it is revoked is the person still allowed to work for the legal status time at least or is it illegal for the person to still go to the company?

Furthermore, if the case ends up with a DUI conviction (accepting a plea deal), is the person still allowed to work in the US for the time being?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: A DUI arrest does not automatically revoke an L1B visa, but a conviction can lead to the visa being revoked and impact your ability to work in the U.S. Here are a few key points:

1. Arrest vs. Conviction: An arrest alone does not necessarily lead to visa revocation. However, if the arrest results in a conviction, it can have serious consequences for your immigration status.

2. Visa Revocation: If convicted of a DUI, your L1B visa may be revoked. The U.S. government is not obligated to notify you of the revocation, so it's important to follow up on your case.

3. Work Authorization: If your visa is revoked due to a DUI conviction, you will lose your authorization to work in the U.S., even if your original visa validity period has not expired.

4. Plea Deal: Accepting a plea deal that results in a DUI conviction can still lead to visa revocation and loss of work authorization.

5. Legal Advice: Given the complexity of this situation and the potential impact on your immigration status and ability to work in the U.S., it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can provide guidance specific to your case.

Remember, immigration consequences for criminal convictions can be severe. It's crucial to address this matter promptly and seek professional legal advice to understand your options and make informed decisions.

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