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11. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 648 posts) 1y

I understood the OP to be concerned about a fraud which didn't involve visas, US or otherwise. The way I'm reading the wording that Terry quoted is that the only crimes they're asking to be disclosed are 1) serious harm to property or people, 2) drugs, 3) terrorism, 4) visa fraud.

The use of so many "or"s doesn't help and means the actual meaning depends on how accurately the commas have been placed.

Terry, are you saying you think the question is interested in all frauds or just visa frauds?

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 1y

US CBP is interested in ALL arrests and convictions, period. In this case the type of fraud is immaterial, even the type of charge/arrest/conviction is immaterial. One simple shoplifting charge from decades ago can be enough of an excuse for US CBP to deny you entry.

Point #1 is a VERY sweeping statement: Have you ever been arrested or convicted for a crime that resulted in serious damage to property, or serious harm to another person or government authority. That covers just about every arrest imaginable.

This all comes down to a very simple decision that is accurately detailed in my Reply #4. It's as simple as that.


13. Posted by mod18 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Hi does any one actually know of some one that has been denied entry to the usa or have been stopped them self's for having a criminal record when having fingerprints taking? Has anyone recently travelled there with a criminal record as well? Thanks

14. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 1y

Read the link in Reply #2.


15. Posted by Fido1978 (Budding Member 6 posts) 27w

Hi All

I wanted to come back and update you as I know from researching for my sister there did not seem to be many people coming back with updates.

Following on from your kind advice she bit the bullet and travelled. She applied for the Estas and ticked no to all questions. She was having real nightmares about being turned away at immigration however she said upon arrival she had assistamce booked for her daughter so bypasses the large que and was seen more or less straight away bya gentleman sat in what she described as a small cubile, she handed over the families passports and was asked the purpose of their visit. She then had her finger print taken all the while the immigration officer was whistling a merry tune.

When done he stanped their passports and she asked what now and he said now you go and enjoy your vacation! The immigration officers she described were not stoney faced as you often read about - the complete oppositw in fact.

I do not lnow what she thought would happen but the process was far easier than she thought. They returned after a dream holiday and loved every minute of it however she has said she would unlikley take the risk again as the panic she felt in the build up was unbearable.

I hope this helps anyone else in a similar situation.

Take care

16. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 27w

What happened to your sister is exactly what I stated in Reply #4, Point #2.

It works 99% of the time, but nothing is ever guaranteed... there can always be a hitch.

Glad she had a great time.


17. Posted by Fido1978 (Budding Member 6 posts) 27w

Hi Terry

It was your advice that persuaded her to roll the dice for that we are all extremley grateful - her children enjoyed a dream holiday and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Many thanks again

18. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 27w

I remember your situation now. That's fantastic and thanks so much for the update. I appreciate it.

All the best to you.


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