I am an IT professional with specialization in DevOps. I am offered a permanent position in a German software firm at their Berlin office. They are willing to sponsor my VISA and relocation along with my family.
Now the problem is my criminal history. I am convicted of drunk driving in India around 16 months ago. This was the biggest mistake on my part to drive after drinking and I was caught at a routine checkpoint. My BAC was 0.38 whereas limit in India is 0.3. DUI is a criminal offence in India. I don't have a any other issues and I must say that I've learnt big lesson to not take law of land lightly.
I am not able to find much information around Germany's stand on immigrants with DUI. Can someone please help me understand the possibility of my VISA coming through. In case chances are very low, I'll probably save company's money by rejecting the offer and letting them know that problem is at my part.163AshuTashu
I think you mean BAC=0.038% or 0.38‰.
Germany in general doesn't care what might be a criminal offense in another country. Hell, there are countries out there where certain kinds of consensual sex are a criminal offense. – What's important is what is a criminal offense in Germany.
Being drunk at BAC<0.5‰ without driving carelessly or causing an accident isn't even a misdemeanor in Germany. Caveat: if you are under 21 or have your license for less than two years, it's a fineable misdemeanor. Though, both don't affect your visa application.
You still have to tell about your conviction in India so they could check if this was an offense in Germany, too.
Germany (and to an extend the whole Schengen area) only cares for crimes that are a serious threat to public safety or security. That means terrorism, drug trafficking, child abuse, being part of a foreign militia or actively hostile army, things like that.
A single DUI, while certainly a crime, is nothing that should stop you.
Looking at it from a European perspective: I have friends whose whole lifestyle would be a long, consecutive record of criminal activities in more conservative and religious countries. I don't care what other countries consider a "crime" under their law. As long as you aren't a danger to the European way of life (see above), we'll judge you by what you do under our law.
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