If I’m an international student here in the US and got caught shoplifting, how will it afffect me?

I was recently arrested for shoplifting, and went to court. They had me pay a fine and put me on a 6 months probation, and enrolled me in a program to have that taken of my record since this was my first crime and I’m 19 years old. I am planning to leave the country to go on vacation before the probation ends, my PO said he could issue me a letter allowing me to leave the country but I’m concerned if they will deny my re-entry back into the US. What should I do?

Asked on November 8, 2012 under Immigration Law, Michigan

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country if you are here on an American visa and are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude such as theft even if such is not a felony but is rather a misdemeanor you could be deported from this country under its immigration laws.

As such, I suggest that you consult further with an immigration attorney with respect to the matter that you are writing about with respect to your options.


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