Travelling from the UK to the USA with a criminal record

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

  1. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    I agree with trashpony and 1927 , I have also got a little spent drugs conviction , I clicked no to everything on the ESTA got in no problem at all , enjoy your holiday
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  2. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    i've booked for NY later in the year, is it worth doing my ESTA now then?

    I have 2 cautions from my teenage years - early 90s - and I have had several enhanced DBS/CRB's over the years and they never come up so will ignore those.

    from reading the thread sounds like my Australian wife might be more of the issue, despite her having perm residency here, 2 kids etc.
  3. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    ESTAs last 2 years from acceptance date , so why not? at least you'll know well in advance if you have to apply for a visa
  4. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    will get on it ASAP.

    it's something i always forget as well, had to apply for an Aussie one once while my flight was boarding in Singapore as I forgot to get one. Made it on the plane, just.
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  5. nlp1992

    nlp1992 New Member


    Just looking for a bit of advice regarding ESTA or applying for a visa.

    I took my 3 children to orlando last year all on esta as no criminal record, and were going back september, and have booked to go for a month in november next year and would really like for my partner to join us when we go next november well would be december for him as he would only be coming for a week due to work commitments so will come for the last week to do the cruise and few days at disney.

    He has a criminal record and has spent time in prison a few times, nothing major, well it is major but hes never killed anyone, once was for drugs and other was for making copies of dvds and selling them and another for fighting, his last time spent in jail was only about 2 and half years ago, which was for serious assault (he was jumped and somehow got done with it) he isnt a bad guy even though from this it doesnt look like hes a nice guy, but we know if we apply for a visa hes getting rejected, so have now considered applying for a ESTA and saying no to everything, hes worried that coming through immigration they will question him more ect because he will be alone, as we will already be there, will they turn him away because hes alone, or because hes alone would they look into his record or anything?

    I know some would say that if hes got a criminal record he shouldnt be going ect but hes not a bad guy hes took the wrong choices in his past and has done the time and would love to go as a family even if its just a week together.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  6. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Read the fucking thread!
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  7. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Come on. Read just the last two pages.

    In short. They will only know what you tell them.
  8. nlp1992

    nlp1992 New Member

    wow seriously no need to be a wanker about it!
    thats all you had to say.....bellend
  9. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I gave you the fucking answer you asked for.
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  10. nlp1992

    nlp1992 New Member

    yes sorry i was meaning him above, was suppose to tag him in it, but thank you, fuck this forums a bit mental no wonder everyone has a criminal record ;)
  11. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Or goes out with one!
    Last edited: May 3, 2017
  12. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    I think your children deserve a better bloke as your partner. He sounds like a total shit
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  13. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    He's not a bad bloke tho!!!!
  14. Carter

    Carter New Member

    Right guys, I have trawled though every page of this forum and have found it to be very informative.

    As per all the great advice in here, I have ticked No on every box in the ESTA application and it got accepted with no problems.

    My question is one I don't think i've seen, my mistake if somebody else has posted it. Im aware that the TSA perform a sort of mini interview on you upon entry to the US, and my worry is that the anxiety of knowing that i've lied will cause me to look shifty and therefore make them suspect me.

    Does anybody have any idea what kind of questions I can expect? Or what the general procedure would be? Im hoping to just calm my nerves slightly before my flight in 2 weeks.
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  15. uk benzo

    uk benzo أنا ليس أمريكي

    This is a sweeping generalisation, but if you are not white Anglo Saxon or have stamps in your passport from countries the US does not like, then they will probably ask you probing questions. Otherwise they will just ask you where are you staying and for how long.
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I was visiting NY a lot a while ago and had a couple of mini interviews. Their may concern is whether you intend to work in the country. So long as you have an address you're staying at and a return flight you really should be completely fine.
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  17. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    That's nice, you read the thread, ticked the right boxes on the esta and then asked a question.

    My advice would be to remember that you will just have been travelling all day including a long haul flight, everyone looks a bit shifty when they just want to get the hell away from airportland,they will only ask you things you know the answer to - name, place you are staying, duration of trip etc - it will be fine.
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  18. I always arrive pissed (business or first class flying, dharling!) and so present a bit of a mess to immigration. But as uk benzo mentioned, I am white, middle-aged etc. so not really on their radar anyway. Why are you coming to the US, where are you staying, for how long, have you got funds are the questions they'll ask.

    To the first question I answer, Travel Agent and for the past four or five trips have not been asked any further questions at all!
  19. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    How refreshing!
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  20. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    You might want to avoid pulling that attitude at the US border.
  21. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I think that was beyond kind of you to post. Shouty & rude is shouty & rude whether you've had a shit day, year or life
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  22. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    They ask some combination of what is the purpose of your visit, where are you staying, how long are you staying, have you been here before. Their attitude is nice and surly (joy) and then they end with 'have a nice stay'. It's slightly odd.

    Occasionally they'll throw in a completely left field question, but very rarely. And they are usually things like when did you go to <<country you have a visa stamp from>> which is really annoying as there is a date on the stamp. Just don't be a smart ass about it and you will be absolutely fine. Remember they are mostly bored asking you to look here and put your hand there ;)
  23. Can you imagine it at JFK immigration?

    (When I was 13 was on my own in New York and asked a policeman the time, he kindly replied, "Get a fuckin' watch."
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  24. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Hahaha You could sell tickets.

    I can actually hear the intonation.... I remember moving out there and being told the NYPD 'are not the sort of police you ask directions'
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  25. Purple unicorn

    Purple unicorn New Member

    Hello everyone I have read through this thread and others related numerous of times I haven't come across a scenario like mine so here it goes....... I went on holiday to Spain about 4 years ago while I had a warrant out for my arrest in the UK going everything was fine when I got back the police was waiting for me by border control and had a photocopy of my passport as it's digital I see how this is possible anyway so I was arrested and had to go to court I was told it was classed as spent don't really know what that means and on top of that I have a caution for weed and a caution for assault. I want to go to New York next year but I'm so scared that something will show up on my passport. Please help! Thanks in advance ☺
  26. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Smuggle yourself in and get an even bigger criminal record by ending up in US clink.
  27. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Do you have a warrant out for your arrest in the US?
  28. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    yes you have, it's exactly the same as everyone elses. You have failed the moral turpitude test by having drugs and fighting on your record.

    You either lie on the ESTA and go for it or tell the truth, go down the visa route and get rejected.
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  29. Purple unicorn

    Purple unicorn New Member

    No I'm just worried they have put some kind of marker on my passport
  30. Purple unicorn

    Purple unicorn New Member

    OK thankyou for your response, I'm not being a smart arse just asking. So if you have a criminal record you will get denied a visa fullstop?

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