I am planning to renew my F-1 visa next week in India. My issue is that I have to answer "yes" on the question about ever being arrested. My charges were dismissed but I understand I still have to say yes. In order to support my "dismissal" I am taking a certificate of disposition and also a state criminal record check. However I just figured out that FBI criminal record check is separate and it takes 3-4 weeks to process; so clearly I won't have it in person when I am at the US consulate next week.
My questions are: a) Will a "yes" on that question, in spite of the dismissal, most likely go to a rejection?? b) If not, then will the lack of an FBI criminal record statement delay my visa and will it be automatically sent for background check in Washington?
My classes for Fall start in the end of August and I'm afraid a background check / security clearance will delay me bigtime.
Please help so that I can better prepare myself mentally and otherwise as well. Thanks much in advance.