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Alcohol and Marijuana Offenses: Potential Impact

International students and scholars might reasonably assume that using marijuana where it's legal in the United States would not impact their immigration status. They might also reasonably presume that simply being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, but not convicted, would not affect their visa eligibility. Reasonable but wrong.

Student and scholar advising is now vastly more complicated due to marijuana legalization and the Department of State's new practice of revoking visas of those arrested for DUI. Well-informed advisers must help students and scholars understand the impact that alcohol and marijuana use or offenses might have on their immigration status and visa eligibility.

Join this live NAFSA e-Learning Seminar to learn from expert presenters, including an immigration attorney and two managers of international student offices.

The presenters will address how the variance of state and federal marijuana laws complicate the issue, and review information advisers can provide to students and scholars concerning the risks of marijuana purchase, use, and transport, even in jurisdictions where it is legal. The presenters will also explain what visa revocation means and explore the implications of DUI-related revocations, including the consular processes involved in future visa applications. The seminar will also provide the legal framework for understanding how criminal offenses, generally, may impact immigration status and visa eligibility.

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