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Could Arrest Hurt Canadian Bieber's Legal Status in US?

<p>Given that the pop star is a Canadian citizen, could his run-in with the law jeopardize his legal status here?</p>
 Pop star Justin Bieber poses for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on Thursday.
Pop star Justin Bieber poses for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on Thursday. Handout / Getty Images

Some have wondered: Could Justin Bieber's run-in with Florida law jeopardize his legal status in the U.S., given that he is a Canadian citizen?

Bieber is in the United States on a visa. Visitors such as him, as a federal statute says, have "an obedience" to observe all U.S. laws.

But experts on immigration law say such visitors can be legally removed only when they are convicted of certain categories of crimes:

– crimes of violence for which the penalty is more than a year in prison

– crimes of "moral turpitude" (which would not include driving under the influence)

– possession of illegal drugs, except for 30 grams or less of marijuana for personal use.

Accordingly, these experts say, it does not appear Bieber would face removal.