I was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) a few weeks ago. Just a few days later, I received an eMail message from the U.S. consulate oversees that issued my F-1 visa, saying that my visa was revoked. …

… Even though the message did not contain an explanation for the basis of my visa revocation, I think it was due to the arrest. Does the visa revocation affect my status? Can I apply for OPT when I graduate this semester?


There have been reports of consulates revoking nonimmigrant visas based on DWI arrests, charges, or convictions. This should not invalidate your immigration status in the U.S. Therefore, the revocation of your visa does not require that you leave the U.S. or affect your eligibility to apply for OPT. However, next time you travel outside of the United States, you will need to apply for a new visa. If you travel within 5 years after the incident leading to your arrest, you should expect to be referred to a panel physician for a medical evaluation before a new visa can be issued to you. (12.Feb.2016)

Please refer to this MurthyDotCom NewsBrief: Drunk Driving Arrests Result in Visa Revocations (16.Feb.2016)

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