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Non-traffic summons and H1B

Discussion in 'Immigration Issues' started by CuriousDefender, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. CuriousDefender

    CuriousDefender Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Please help.
    I received a non-traffic summons for tampering with a fire alarm system. I was trying to prevent a false alarm call to the fire department while I was cooking in my apartment, so I covered the smoke detector. Would a guilty plea affect my chances of getting an H1b visa and further, a green card?
     
  2. Highwayman

    Highwayman Well-Known Member

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    Well, what kind of visa do you have now?
     
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  3. CuriousDefender

    CuriousDefender Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I have an F1 visa now, and just applied for OPT.

    Thank you.
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    An F1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for those wishing to study in the U.S. You must file an F1 visa application if you plan on entering the US to attend a university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, language training program, or other academic institution.

    F1 Visa Stamp Valid for two years. This a one of the frequently asked question after F1 Visa interview when the visa validity is less than five years.
     
  5. CuriousDefender

    CuriousDefender Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you for the information. This means that a guilty plea to the non-traffic citation would be a bad outcome, right?
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    I don't think a summons for an ordinance violation would amount to "moral turpitude".

    My guess is that the immigration authorities would take no notice of such a low level infraction.

    However, it would cost you about 30 minutes of your time to discuss it with a local immigration attorney.

    Most attorneys will meet with prospective clients at no charge to understand the client's concerns and needs.
     
  7. CuriousDefender

    CuriousDefender Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you very much for the response. I will spend some time searching for a good immigration attorney.
     

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