Travelling from the UK to the USA with a criminal record

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

  1. River Plate

    River Plate New Member

    Many thanks for the reassurance joustmaster.
  2. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    for someone who claims to have read through the entire thread you haven't learnt much.
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  3. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    aye, well... people spend a thousands on hols, then get a panic on.
  4. River Plate

    River Plate New Member

    Why the negativity? If you have nothing to offer in terms of advice then why not just leave it there?

    The last time I asked a couple of years ago, the trip was in the pipeline. Now it's different, it's been booked and paid for.

    I suppose when you get to that stage the doubts and concerns start to creep in, besides some of the advice on here is not recent and I am not sure how much immigration control has moved on from that point.
  5. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    it pretty mad that u75 became a national resource for this though :D
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  6. River Plate

    River Plate New Member

    I used to read Ex-pats before I stumbled across this forum.

    The views differ but u75 seems pretty consistent with what is likely to happen where there are different views on ex-pats.
  7. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Disregard 1927, he's just a grumpy cunt. Unless you're telling us porky pies you should be fine.

    I was bricking it the first time I went with undeclared moral turpitude weighing on my conscience :hmm: never had a problem, been over several times since.
  8. existentialist

    existentialist There's gonna be moquette!

    The reason for the negativity is that anyone who has followed this thread for any length of time knows the pattern. Which is, I have to say, exactly the pattern that your posts have followed. People get jaundiced. Some are just more or less polite about it, is all.
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  9. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Not a grumpy cunt, just fed up like lots of people are here with giving advice that is constantly ignored or questioned just cos their case is unique, in their eyes.
  10. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    NEW POSTERS TIP: dont, whatever the fuck, provide any detailed itiniery of your trip or provide anything that could identify you.
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  11. Harry Smiles

    Harry Smiles Well-Known Member

    And I don't think anyone's mentioned it, but tick no on the form
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  12. River Plate

    River Plate New Member

    I take it you mean on here not-bono-ever?
  13. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Yep. There have been people seemingly posting under their real name.
  14. River Plate

    River Plate New Member

    Thank feck for that I thought for a minute there he meant to immigration!!

    You don't see an issue with me having booked the flight and hotels with BA then because they'll have a detailed itiniery and all of my personal information?
  15. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Just ignore the thread then because it's always going to be worried people with similar cases posting up similar questions. I don't mind popping in to repeat myself from time to time.
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  16. Isaac Hunt

    Isaac Hunt Don't applaud, I'm a God, not a superstar.

    Slightly off-topic: just out of interest, I got my police certificate sent to me, and it said "No trace"...which is I think is bollocks because I've been in bother before (fined £50 for slapping some cunt that had hit my sister and fined £50 for peeing in the street), so I thought it would come up "No live trace"? Anyone had this?

    For the avoidance of doubt, I am not asking about ESTAs or Visas etc., I'm totally comfortable continuing to tick "No" to all questions...I'm just curious about the certificate, that's all. :thumbs:

    Carry on.
  17. Thebigrooster

    Thebigrooster New Member

    First (and possibly last) post here, but wanted to add my 2 cents.

    I have followed this thread for the last year after booking a trip to the US and realising that my prior criminal convictions may cause problems.

    I have a caution from 4 years ago for possession of an illegal substance. I also have a few cannabis warnings.

    Me and my partner have spent numerous nights worrying about how this will affect our holiday. Needless to say, the advice in this thread is solid gold. To cut a long story short I ticked no to all questions on the ESTA and am now typing this message from my hotel room in Vegas.

    Border patrol was a breeze, albeit nerve wracking. I was asked where I'm staying, how long I'm staying for and how much money I have. They then took my finger prints and retina scan. They clearly have no indication of criminal past.

    For anyone in a similar situation to myself - stop ruining your holiday preparation by stressing. Just tick no and enjoy your holiday like myself and countless others in this thread have.

    Thanks to everyone here for the wealth of information!
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  18. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I like that slapping someone and having a street-piss are the same price.
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  19. Isaac Hunt

    Isaac Hunt Don't applaud, I'm a God, not a superstar.

    That's Scotland for you...
  20. Charlie Manson

    Charlie Manson New Member

    Right here goes, hopefully i can add to the info posted in the best thread i have ever read.

    I have very recently returned from a week in New York, my first visit to the USA.

    I have a couple of convictions (not cautions) from my younger years and one of those is for possession of a controlled substance.

    I crapped myself about trying to pass border control prior to reading this thread.

    I ticked "NO" to all the questions on the ESTA.

    The only form we had to fill in on the flight across to New York was asking us if we were trying to bring any foods/animals or plants with us or if we had been in contact with any certain farm crops etc.

    Me and the Mrs both entered the border control booth at the same time.

    They took our finger prints and retina scans, asked if we were a couple, smiled at us and spoke to us by our first names, then stamped our passports and off we went.

    The rest is history, all i can say is don't worry at all, take the advice,don't read or listen to the scaremongers and just do it, we have probably had one of the best holidays ever and nothing beats that inner smugness you feel as they are stamping your passport.
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  21. Jay1989

    Jay1989 New Member

    Hi all

    This is my first to the site after reading a lot of peoples experiences going through border control with convictions.

    I got into a fight a few months back and during the fight damage was caused to a door and both me and the person I was fighting where arrested and charged with criminal damage. A fine was imposed and I left It at that.

    Its not less than a week until I travel and the fine hasn't been paid so I've gone onto the courts website to arrange some kind of payment plan. I am unable to as it says "we are unable to accept payment on this fine as this fine is subject to an outstanding warrant" does this mean there is a warrant for my arrest? Surely this would cancel out any chance I have of getting into the US when we are due to fly from Dublin - New York this weekend.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  22. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Usual advice. Tick 'no' to everything, enjoy your holiday :)

    US won't know about your court issues unless you tell them. Don't tell them :thumbs:
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  23. Jay1989

    Jay1989 New Member

    Even if there has been a bench warrant issued in Scotland for an unpaid fine?

    I was bricking it for a while then came across this forum last night. Set my mind at ease big time. Then today this warrant being issued has put me right back to the start

    Thanks for the reply
  24. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I wouldn't have thought they're bothered warning the US about your uninteresting crime :thumbs:
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  25. Jay1989

    Jay1989 New Member

    I love when information or advice from a complete stranger sets the mind at ease! :thumbs::thumbs:
  26. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Deny everything, you'll be absolutely fine
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  27. Charlie Manson

    Charlie Manson New Member

    They will only know if you tell them at passport control, they don't know anything!! say nothing, keep smiling and have a superb holiday.
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  28. Jay1989

    Jay1989 New Member

    Well just thought I would come back with an update. Sitting havinvg a beer in New York and can only stress what you have all already said

    Admit nothing and enjoy your holiday.

    Thanks to all for the reassurance before I got here!!
  29. existentialist

    existentialist There's gonna be moquette!

    It's nice when people come back with feedback.
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  30. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Yeah. Nice to know they don't all end up in Guantanamo :thumbs:
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