How will consumer debt affect my reurning to the US?

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How will consumer debt affect my reurning to the US?

I lived in the US on a student visa, and then on my OPT, for 2 years (that was 6 years ago). In that time I ran up unpaid credit card debt of approximately $30,000 (over many cards0. I also had $1000 in unpaid speeding tickets, which I paid 2 years ago from India. However, I was unable to pay the credit card debt. Now I would like to travel as a tourist to the US. When I apply for my visa will the visa officer have record of my credit and will that have any bearing on my visa decision? Suppose I am granted a visa – will I be stopped at immigration due to unpaid credit card debt? Also, if I’m granted a visa, will I be arrested for late payment of speeding tickets?

Asked on June 18, 2013 under Immigration Law, Virginia

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. Please do your best to obtain full information on the debt and then contact a private attorney who will be happy to help you. You may phone my law firm on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weekdays. Immigration and Visa law is federal law, so any knowledgeable licensed attorney may assist you. This website provides general information and general principles of law and does not provide private legal advice. Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The immigration and credit card debt is not necessarily connected but I would strongly suggest that you contact the credit card company and find out what the penalty is at the moment and what actions they can take against you once you are in the US.  Having that information will inform you and allow you to make a decision.


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