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Travelling from the UK to the USA with a criminal record

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by slish66, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Spunky Slug

    You may also have broken the law, cos the ESTA form asks if you are a drug abuser. Answering NO on the ESTA and then admitting to having abused drugs in the past means you have lied on your ESTA...

    No to everything.

    Smile sweetly, be polite and you'll be apples.
     
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  2. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    worked for me ;)
     
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  3. scully87

    scully87 New Member

    Thank you

    Do feel loads better.
     
  4. scully87

    scully87 New Member

    Right.... another ridiculous question but do you think if Donald Trump gets in he will change the law?

    Stupid I know but I have been thinking about it
     
  5. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    are you Muslim?
     
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  6. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever We have an injured rabbit also

    oddly enough if you want to join the coppery / secret service or customs / immigration, they expect you to have *expreimented* with drugs and confess at the interview. Indeed, they are suspicious of you say you have not touched it ever
     
  7. scully87

    scully87 New Member

    Nope
     
  8. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    Should be fine then
    And if they change law prob won't be that quick
     
  9. keybored

    keybored

    Do you think if Donald Trump gets in that anyone would even want to travel there?
     
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  10. scully87

    scully87 New Member

    Well me.... but already booked the trip now! Eeek
     
  11. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Hi guys,

    Quick question, my boyfriend and I are due to fly to New York in March however, he has a criminal record.

    He got into a drunken fight in 2012 and got common assault on his record (nothing else on his record) he paid his compensation, completed his community work and that's all.

    He is due to have his visa meeting in December at the embassy in London, do you think he will be granted a visa?

    Thank tou
     
  12. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Did he win the fight?
     
  13. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Ha, yes but that's irrelevant.
     
  14. keybored

    keybored

    Why does he need a visa?
     
  15. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    people will give you silly answers here. Mostly because your question has been answered 8 times per page on this thread.

    But in short - he will be fine if he lies and just says he has never been in trouble... as long as he hasn't ever told them that he has been in trouble.
    Why is he having a visa meeting? Has he already told them he has been in trouble? If so, have you ever considered going on holiday to Canada?
     
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  16. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Because he has common assault on his criminal record? We were told that he wouldn't be eligible for an etsa, if we went down that route it's just my luck we would be caught out.
    We've got all his ACRO forms etc from the police to detail his record and I guess we just wait until 6th December to find out
     
  17. keybored

    keybored

    Sorry but you should have gone the ESTA route and kept quiet.
     
  18. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Do you think chances are he will be denied?
     
  19. trashpony

    trashpony Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam

    Yes, because he doesn't pass the test to get a visa. You should have read this thread before, not after, you contacted the embassy. I hope you haven't paid for anything
     
  20. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Course we've paid, we've paid for the visa appointment. What do you mean he doesn't pass the test for a visa? What's the point of having the ETSA and then a visa option if he doesn't fit the ETSA if they say no either way
     
  21. trashpony

    trashpony Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam

    I'm sure you can google yourself and I feel disinclined to help as you're rude.
     
  22. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Not being rude trashpony. Just don't understand their system if they allow an ETSA if you lie to them, which I understand people do and get away with it but if you're honest and try to go for the visa(b12 or whatever it is) they still say no
     
  23. keybored

    keybored

    If you've paid for the appointment you have nothing to lose by going I suppose (apart from a wasted trip) but the bottom line is you've been honest and that's seemingly not the best policy when it comes to travelling to The States. They will likely say "No, you have a criminal record/you've been arrested". If he'd just filled in the ESTA and ticked "No" to these questions they would almost certainly have never found out.
     
  24. keybored

    keybored

    Because there are sometimes reasons for not being eligible to use the ESTA program which might not bar you altogether from entry, for which you would have to go to the meeting and get the visa. But I don't think a criminal record is going to be on that list.
     
  25. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Thank you for clarifying. I'll post the outcome after the meeting, I assume he finds out straight away
     
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  26. keybored

    keybored

    Good luck. I have no idea how quickly he'll know the outcome but I did find this which might hold some hope:
    ESTA application denied

     
  27. trashpony

    trashpony Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam

    Because you're not supposed to lie on the ESTA obviously :facepalm:

    keybored has shamed me into being a nicer person and sharing the minute of googling that I did with you:
    so your boyfriend should be alright. Be very contrite and very polite.
     
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  28. keybored

    keybored

    Tell him not to go punching anyone at the embassy either.
     
  29. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Common assault is NOT a crime of moral turpitude so he was eligible for esta and whoever told you contrary was wrong.
     
  30. xsphvns

    xsphvns New Member

    Thanks all, will let you know the outcome! Another story for this forum at least, every cloud :D
     
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