Justin Bieber's Arrest Unlikely to Hurt Immigration Status

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 10:28 PM EDT
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Justin Bieber: From Mild to Wild

Miami-Dade Police

Justin Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami, Florida. The Canadian pop star was taken on suspicion of drag racing and DUI in Miami Beach, police said.

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Pop star Justin Bieber's immigration status likely won't be affected by his arrest in Florida on DUI, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest charges.

According to U.S. immigration law, authorities do not revoke an individual's visa unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or been sentenced to more than one year imprisonment.

Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban says neither driving under the influence nor driving without a license can make an individual eligible for deportation. Nor would either of those offenses keep Bieber from being readmitted into the U.S.

Authorities say the Canadian singer was arrested after police saw him and R&B singer Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street early Thursday.

Judge Joseph P. Farina ordered Bieber held on $2,500 bond in court Thursday afternoon. He posted bond and was released about an hour later.

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