Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is always a bad idea.  You could face jail time, heavy fines, and the loss of your driving license, among other penalties.  Did you also  know that it could  jeopardize your time in the United States?

If you are arrested for driving under the influence or any related charges such as driving while intoxicated while in the United States, your arrest will be reported to the Department of State.  The Department of State will then revoke your visa.

When your visa is revoked, you must apply for a new visa before you can enter the United States again.   If you are found to be a credible applicant, you will need clearance from a doctor before any further visas will be issued.

If you are arrested for driving under the influence or while intoxicated, your visa will be revoked even if you are not ultimately convicted of the charge.  If your spouse and/or children are dependents of your visa status, their visas will also be revoked.  Public transportation, taxis, and ride-sharing services are common in the United States, so please make sure you drink responsibly and don’t put other individuals, your work, education, or holiday at risk.