To preface, I currently live in the USA. I read that the student visas don't ask about criminal record, but it would help to find out in advanced. All of the post I've seen on the topic of student visas don't mention a background check ever being asked about. I recall one person mentioning that they only ask you if you "committed a crime" which you had to pay a fine for or a greater penalty, but do not require an actual background check from the state of origin.
I'd been planning to move to NL for several years now to study at University, however recently I ended up getting in some mistaken legal trouble and was arrested and charged with some pretty severe drug crimes. However, there is no evidence to the crimes I was charged with and my lawyer insist it will be getting dropped, however that could take years, and it may not ever disappear from my FBI background check. As of right now I am still considered innocent, though I am afraid the false arrest will haunt me and prevent me from being able to go study in Europe.
I know I would technically be able to enter Europe but I do not really want to be forced to go to Uni by staying beyond the allowed 90-day's of schengen access. Would renting an apartment and getting accepted by the Uni before applying for the student Visa give me leverage? I also have proof of funds to sustain myself throughout the time of the visa/education.
Does anyone have any advice or experience handling this sort of situation?