Travelling from the UK to the USA with a criminal record

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

  1. Purple unicorn

    Purple unicorn New Member

    Very helpful
  2. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Pretty much.
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  3. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Am I the only person who feels uneasy about the number of people who make their first post on this thread. And never post again?

    Call me paranoid, but as this thread pops up when you google the right terms is it not possible that US authorities are monitoring the thread? Just a thought!

    I'm not up with technology, but can they trace IP addresses from posts, or compel Ed to give them up?

    Just thinking out loud.

    Not that I have to worry. But some users may.
  4. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    what for :confused:

    do they actually care that much about X who had a fight outside the Black Lion 3 years ago ??

    People don't come back because they cba to, everything went fine, they got their holiday, they forget about here.
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  5. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Or because there is a prison full of them somewhere...
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  6. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Then the server fund should be benefitting from a nice fat referral fee!
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    $100 per perp.
  8. Reekydeeky

    Reekydeeky CrystalXXX

    Anyone know what info the automated passport control (APC) knows? I have travelled to the states before but haven't used the APC..

    Is it safer to wait and go with border security or is APC ok?
  9. lachta

    lachta New Member

    Just back from USA trip. Glad I found this thread before traveling. I have 8 convictions. 2 prison sentences. '
    Now 'clean'. Ticked 'no' to ESTA questions. No problem getting in. My advice, go for it.
  10. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    It just has the details held by US immigration.

    You scan your passport, have your photo taken and answer some question on an touch screen. The questions are related to your personal details and your flight information. You will then get a printout from the machine and go and speak to a boarder control officer and off you go.

    It is there to make life easier for people who frequently travel to the USA, I always use it and have never had a problem.
  11. DRUMNBASS180

    DRUMNBASS180 New Member

    Hi guys,
    Firstly thank you all for your info. Secondly I have 2 x possession (1x class b cannabis. 1x class c diazepam- took the wrap for my mrs)
    1x supply (class b,cannabis)
    From 6/7 years ago.
    Was going to apply for a visa but after reading this thread I'm going to click no and crack on. The only reply I would need is if anyone thinks I'm making a mistake.

    Thanks again.
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  12. kk123

    kk123 New Member

    Hi guys, if applying for a student visa to the US, if I say I have no previous arrest/convictions on the online application, will I still be required to present an ACRO regardless, and are they likely to want to look into my criminal history as it is not a holiday(I'm sorry if this type of question has been answered, however I've gone through at least 10 pages on the thread and its mainly holiday travel)
  13. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I've no idea.
    But I'm keen to find out which crimes you commited.
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  14. kk123

    kk123 New Member

    Theft and fighting over 10 years ago
  15. Mexas

    Mexas Member

    So after 2 years of sweating about it, I visited Vegas :thumbs: I have a caution for Affray so i think i answered correctly on the ESTA (no to everything).

    CPB asked me 3 questions: where i was staying, how much i had and who i was visiting with. That's it, he stamped my passport and i was on my way...
  16. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

  17. theaccountant

    theaccountant New Member

    Hi all

    After booking a holiday and not knowing about this whole ESTA business I have been following this thread almost every day for 9 months.

    It definitely gave me the reassurance I needed and yesterday I arrived in New York!

    I have the say CPB are terrifying. Well the woman we had was anyway. Very stern and scary. Didn't ask us a single question, just stamped and sent us through. Not at all welcoming! I suppose they have a job to do but was a shock, iv only ever been to Europe in the past so totally different. They can't see anything, there are clearly no shared records - though I'm sure there will be one day!!
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  18. Froderick

    Froderick New Member

    Has anybody else been flying on a VWP without declaring thier convictions, then applied for a VISA, failed, and then tried to fly again back on the VWP? I had no idea I wasnt meant to be flying on the VWP and like an idiot applied for a visa where they told me Im not allowed to. So now I failed my visa application, im wondering if ill get collard since the UK US embassy know all about my record now....
  19. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    Nope, think you're fucked
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  20. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    I concur!
  21. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Who told you that you shouldn't be using the VWP? What are your convictions for?
  22. Froderick

    Froderick New Member

    I was arrested and charged with a type of assault in my extreme youth over 10yrs ago. I wasnt given a custodial sentence and I completely forgot about it, no idea it was important as it was ridiculous. When I applied for the VISA the first person I spoke to at the little plastic window said I shouldnt be flying on the VWP with my record. The person who interviewed me asked me "how do you find travelling with your record?" I Was told i'd failed getting the visa due to "ties in the Uk". I asked if I could apply again and what I could do to stand a better chance - they told me I could apply whenever I was ready and gave suggestions for what would help my chances. Didnt say anything about my current travelling status or my record. I was given a print out with the reasoning behind the decision & things to help me & none of it at all relates to my record.
  23. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    Why did you apply for a Visa and not just continue to travel on your ESTA?
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  24. Froderick

    Froderick New Member

    wanted to visit for longer.
  25. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    Ah right - bummer :(

    I don't think they'll let you in if they turned down your visa application. All you can do is put their suggestions into action and reapply I guess.
  26. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    What sort of things did they recommend you did to get in in future as a matter of interest?
  27. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

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  28. Invictus-0x90

    Invictus-0x90 New Member

    Hey guys,
    I've read a fair bit on this thread but I (like many others) still feel like I have unanswered questions.

    Basically I got charged with abh a couple of years ago, I honestly don't think it comes under moral terpitude and I only got the equivalent of community service.

    I panicked and filled out the ds106 and then the other one to book an appointment to London. I then read up on us immigration laws and realised that I genuinely don't think I need a visa and can travel under esta.

    I cancelled the appointment, but my main concern is that I submitted the ds106, is this gunna fuck me?

    The main reasons I feel like I can use esta is, the maximum sentence for my convinction is less than 12 months, and the offence did not cause serious harm to the person, it was literally one punch.
  29. Indnev87

    Indnev87 New Member

    Hi guys. I know this has been done to death and I have honestly searched all over the internet and this forum seems to have the most people who are willing to help.
    Ok,so I have a holiday booked to Disneyland Florida for next September with my partner and daughters. I ticked no to criminal records on both mine and my partners estas,when in fact we do have records.Him- assault and drink driving.Me- shoplifting,criminal damage,possession of a class A drug and assault (please don't judge) none of these are recent.Anyway,after trawling the internet looking for an answer as to what might happen when we arrive at customs,I have made myself so ill with worry in the process,and we don't go for another 14 months :( I know that in reality we needed to apply for a proper visa so please don't say this as I already know and I know that I won't be granted it if we were to go to the embassy.So my question is,what do they actually know? It's crazy how I've read and heard so many conflicting stories. I know my own father got sent back years ago as he had done jail time for drug dealing and not declared it,however we don't speak so I can't ask him the details.So if we don't share records with the US how would they of known his record as well as many other stories I have heard about people being sent back? In equal measures I have heard stories of people who have records and have breezed past customs,with not even a second glance from them. What shows up from your passport and when they fingerprint? Please can someone shed some light and possibly reassure me if possible because I'm driving myself crazy with worry. Is it just a lottery?? I'd just feel so sorry for my kids if we got sent home as well as the amount of money we would lose.Thankyou all in advance x
  30. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    What did you find out when you read the thread?
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