H-1B Visa Extension Criminal Case


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Wanted to share my experience so that it can help others in similar situations. 

In 2017 I was arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution. I was not fingerprinted and eventually my case was dismissed by the judge. 

In 2018, I sealed my arrest record and last month my company filed for my H-1B extension and it was approved without any RFE. I was very concerned with getting RFE. 

Will keep everyone posted when I go for stamping.  

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Sealing the record was a very bad idea. You should've consulted an immigration attorney before doing that. What's gonna happen is the consulate will ask you for all the documents about the arrest. You may have a hard time obtaining those because you sealed the record. Only US citizens can benefit from sealing of any criminal records. For non-citizens it could be a disaster. 

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