immigration status

A DUI/DWI conviction is generally not a criminal offense that will lead to deportation of a legal permanent resident (green card holder)—but such a conviction may make it very difficult to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. This is primarily because “good moral character” is a requirement for U.S. citizenship.

And although a DUI/DWI is generally not a deportable offense, a DUI/DWI that (1) is an aggravated felony offense, (2) is related to the illegal use and possession of controlled substances (drugs), or (3) is a crime involving child neglect (which may include a DUI/DWI when there is a child in the vehicle) may be deportable offenses.

And if a person on a student visa—whether an F-1 (academic student) or M-1 (vocational student)—is arrested for DUI/DWI, the temporary, nonimmigrant student visa may be revoked.

State Statutes for the State of Texas

Federal Statutes