Immigration experts have warned that Prince Harry could be banned from the US and his visa put ‘at risk’ after admitting to illegal drug use.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, confessed to doing cocaine, smoking cannabis and taking hallucinogenic mushrooms in his upcoming memoir.
Typical applicants will be denied visas over their history with illegal substances, but US officials say entry into the country is granted on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.
It is unclear whether Harry, who moved to California with his wife Meghan Markle in 2020, details drug use on his visa application. Immigration experts warn the Duke’s visa could be revoked if he ‘lies’ about his past.
Immigration experts have warned that Prince Harry could be banned from the US and his visa put ‘at risk’ after admitting to illegal drug use. The Duke of Sussex is pictured drinking in Belize in March 2012
Harry (pictured with his wife) moved to California with Meghan Markle in 2020. Most applicants with a history of drug use will be denied a US visa, although immigration decisions are made on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.
In his new autobiography ‘Spare’, Harry revealed he first took cocaine at the age of 17 on a shooting weekend. She did ‘a few more lines’ on other occasions.
A hard-partier admitted to hallucinating during a celebrity-filled event in California and smoking cannabis after his first date with Meghan.
Most applicants with a history of drug use will be denied a US visa, although immigration decisions are made on a ‘case-by-case’ basis, the sunday times Reported.
US immigration rules state a person’s ‘current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities’. , , may make the applicant ineligible for a visa’.
It is not clear what type of US visa Harry holds, but analysts speculate that he either has a spousal visa – sponsored by his US wife – or an O-1 visa that allows people of ‘extraordinary ability’ is given to
If Harry has an O-1 visa, which is often given to celebrities and athletes, it will need to be renewed after three years.
The Sussexes relocated to California in 2020, meaning their visas could expire this year. Her renewal application may be affected by her newly admitted history with drugs.
It is not clear what type of US visa Harry holds, but analysts speculate he either has a spousal visa – sponsored by his US wife – or an O-1 visa which grants ‘extraordinary potential’ It is given to people with
US State Department officials refused to answer questions about Harry’s immigration status
Immigration experts, however, note that if Harry fails to disclose his drug use during the application process he should have been denied residency in the US.
Anyone seeking temporary or permanent residency in the US must answer a series of questions about their criminal and drug history when applying.
‘ he must have been asked [about drug use], If he was truthful in his answers, he should have been refused,’ explained Professor Alberto Benitez, director of the George Washington University Immigration Clinic. wire,
The professor argued that if Harry had not given details of his drug use, he would have been ‘injuring himself on an official US government document’.
He claimed that honesty would have been in the Duke’s ‘best interests’ and noted that he may have had discretion from immigration officials because of his royal status.
“If it wasn’t Prince Harry, if it was ‘Fred Jones’ and he had that kind of background, he would be under a lot more scrutiny and I could certainly see him being denied a green card,” Professor Benitez said.
Immigration experts claim that Harry may have had discretion during the visa application process because of his royal status. He is pictured leaving Public nightclub in London in December 2010 after partying with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
US State Department officials refused to answer the newspaper’s question whether his admission of drug use would cause ‘difficulties’ with his immigration status.
‘Visa records are confidential under US law; Therefore, we cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases. A spokeswoman told the Times: “We cannot speculate as to whether someone may be eligible for a visa.”
‘Whenever an individual applies for a US visa, a consular officer reviews the facts of the case and determines whether the applicant is eligible for that visa based on US law.’
The spokesperson added: ‘All visa applications are decided on a case-by-case basis.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Harry and the US State Department for comment.
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