Visas and Rescinded Acceptences

<p>I visited Mcgill this past weekend and was excited to be sending in my deposit later this week.</p>

<p>however, i made a big mistake tonight and will probably end up with a misdemeanor charge..hopefully suspended license and fines, im under 18 so i think this kind of thing can be banish from my record after the above are cleard up and some community service and probabation.</p>

<p>dealing with my parents is bad enough, plus the money i have to pay (but i plan on taking responsibility), just wondering whether i will still be able to obtain my student visa, or even attend in the fall. do they ask specifically about misdemeanor charges? canada has a much more lax drug enforcement policy than the US, but i have no idea whether there government will still punish me and not accept my visa until this has been cleared up, even though ive been accepted to McGill.</p>

<p>please, dont give me a ton of was a completely idiotic mistake that only happened a few hours ago. its not going to happen just sosos worried that my record and ultimately my career and university attendence for next year will be affected. i was so excited, too.</p>

<p>Peanut Butter you need to hire an attorney promptly. It seems from your post you are facing drug related charges and your concern should not only be the university but customs as well. I am an attorney and I have had clients who lost jobs that required travel to Canada because of drinking and driving convictions. I don't recall if the response is the same if it is drugs rather than alcohol. Hopefully they have first time offender programs where after a probationary period the case is dismissed and you do not get a misdemenor conviction.I would speak with an attorney in the community where this happened as soon as possible. good luck</p>

<p>Everything I'm about to say comes from drawn conclusion, and not explicit fact.</p>

<p>Misdemeanor charges get expunged once you legally become an adult. If your state views 17 as the adult age, then your drug rap might not ever leave. </p>

<p>You have two things you should do:</p>

<p>1) call an attorney/someone who can give you legal counsel and find out if your misdemeanors stick.</p>

<p>If they do:</p>

<p>2) call mcgill and see whether you have to report misdemeanors/how that'll affect your visa application. </p>

<p>If they don't stick:</p>

<p>don't worry about it. </p>

<p>I had a handful of misdemeanors as a youth (someone under the legal age of adult prosecution), never reported them on my visa application, and am here no problem. </p>

<p>basically, I second bsali's advice.</p>

<p>I would emphasize that my major concern would be immigration not allowing you into the country with a misdemenor conviction. I am assuming you have not gotten to the point of conviction so you need to be pro-active. You need to look at this from the prospective of criminal law and immigration law. Do not rely just on what McGill tells you as to what immigration may or may not do. Have an attorney confirm it for you, or confirm it with immigration yourself. Hopefully you can get this matter dismissed before a few months go by and resolve the problem.</p>

<p>If this makes you feel better, Mcgill provides a phone number to its students so they can locate safe drugs, not that you will do that of course, but it shows you they are much more progressive in this regard than US. Also, if you are still a minor, under 18, your record will be cleared once you turn 18. The more important question you need to ask, is are you ready to attend McGill. It is a very difficult school, you have to work really hard to get decent grades, so keep that in mind. Good luck.</p>

<p>Thanks guys. I apologize for that whole rant, I had gotten home and was freaking out because I didnt want it to affect my record and ultimately career and college choice. Also, the cops tried to scare me and my friends and make examples of us, so when I got home I had no idea how harsh my punishment would be from what they were saying at the time. </p>

<p>I really dont involve myself with weed often, and try to be very careful when I do. I wholly believe I am ready to attend McGill because I am able to work hard and havent been the type to lose it over drugs/alcohol. Basically, I do the typically teenager thing, but not often or excessively, and I am in no way physically and psychologically addicted. However, I was the result of an unlucky and unfortunate situation because of my actions. My behavior really wasnt that intense or out of character, and I have sincerely learned my lesson and will not land my self in these situations, therefore I still think I am still of the maturity level to handle McGill or any other school. </p>

<p>I have since received a citation for disorderly conduct, and will find out next week how much money I have to pay. My license isnt suspended, I dont have to go to court, shouldnt be on my record since im a minor but I still need to make sure. i certainly learned my lesson.</p>

<p>PB3: I do not think a citation will give you any problem, but please
see a lawyer as soon as you can. You can find out if a citation for possession will stay on your record or if it will be a problem in entrance to Quebec or Canada. If it is going to be an issue, an attorney may be able to get your
citation reduced to community service or community diversion. Many law enforcement people will work with lawyers if this is your first time and you are genuinely remorseful. (That depends where you live.)</p>

<p>But, the key is telling your folks and getting a lawyer.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>