I am an international student currently in the state of Iowa on a F-1 student visa.
I got arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia a month ago. I was ordered to attend court and the judge ordered me to enter a marijuana diversion program. I am now currently enrolled in the diversion program and from what i know of, i did NOT plead guilty or admitted to any of the charges when i signed the application.
However, the problem that i am worried about is that, i will be heading back to my home country the following week for my summer holidays of 3-months. I am fairly worried that i wouldn't be admissible into the United States once i've left the country. Is that possible? Will my current F-1 visa be affected? Will re-applying for an visa extension be a problem in the future? If i am denied entry, would there be a waiver for that?
Having more or less completed the diversion program, both my possession charges would be dismissed. Having said so, the diversion program stated that they will review my case within 90 days upon completion and giving me a continuance until then and thus, i would stand a good chance of having the charges dismissed before i come back. But the problem still stands, will the immigration officer deny me entry into the United States?
As far as i'm concerned about immigration laws regarding 'conviction', i don't think i was actually convicted and thus, i won't have any immigration issues when i re-enter the country. I've already seen an immigration/criminal lawyer and he said, given the circumstances that i've told him, i wouldn't have any immigration problems, but he also couldn't assure me 100%. Anyone has any advice/thoughts on this matter?