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Student Visa, criminal record

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I have a record from about 6 years ago for a small shoplifting offence in South Africa.

Since that time I have earned my bachelor's degree in South Africa and am going to Finland to do my masters degree.

I have the option to do a semester on exchange and one of the options is the USA.

I know each case is separate and the interviewer can use their discretion whether to issue a visa or not.

I would just like to know from anyone in the know what the chances of getting a visa as an exchange student for 5 months or so based on the record and what I have education I have received since?

Appreciate the advice

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I doubt you would be able to obtain a non-immigrant visa with criminal record existed. You can try it won't hurt (fees only) As you said, it depends on IO discretion.


12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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