Does My Past Drug Abuse & Rehab History Affect K1 & CR1 Visas?

17 Jun 2019

Visa Applicants

If an applicant has drug problems, it could be an issue during the medical exam. One of the things the medical exam is looking for is evidence of drug abuse or addiction. If the drug abuse was in the distant past and there is no recent issue with it, you are more likely to get approved. However, if they are suspicious that it’s an ongoing current problem, you can be denied.

When it comes to immigration, “drug abuse” has a wider definition than normal use. We have had customers denied a visa after simply testing positive for marijuana use in a blood test. If you’re a “casual” drug user, it’s best for your visa’s case if you simply put that hobby to sleep months before your medical exam. The stakes are too high.

Permanent Residents

In a more recent update, the Trump Administration has issued an USCIS policy update denying citizenship to individuals who use marijuana, even if they live in a state where recreational or even medical marijuana is legal. See this article for more information.

Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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