It’s illegal to drive under the influence of
drugs or alcohol in the United States, but many other countries have similar
laws outlawing drunk and drugged driving. What if you were convicted of
driving while intoxicated (DWI) or a similar offense in your home country, would the DWI on your
record bar you from entering the United States?
Generally, if an immigrant has one DWI conviction on their record, the
DWI will not bar them from entering the U.S. However, if the immigrant
has two or more DWI convictions, or if he or she has a DWI conviction
and other misdemeanor convictions, then the individual may be inadmissible
unless they obtain a
waiver (US Waiver of Inadmissibility) to come to the United States.
Additionally, if an immigrant has a conviction for a “crime of moral turpitude,” then the conviction may prevent the person from entering the U.S.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a crime of
moral turpitude is “an act that is inherently base, vile, or depraved, and contrary
to the accepted rules of morality.”
Examples of crimes of moral turpitude:
While the above “crimes of moral turpitude” can render an immigrant
inadmissible to the United States, as of this writing DWI, simple assault,
disorderly conduct, and breaking and entering are not serious enough offenses
to bar an immigrant from entering the U.S. However, if someone has been
convicted of multiple misdemeanors in another country, the person could
be barred from entering the U.S.
If you have multiple DWI convictions on your record, or multiple misdemeanors
and you are concerned that you’ll have difficulty entering the U.S.,
contact our immigration firm for help. We can answer your questions and
guide you in the right direction.
Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to meet with a Plano