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Visa's to the USA. HELP REQUESTED

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1. Posted by JeniO (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi,

I have been reading some of the older post here about travelling to the USA and Visa's that are required. I have applied for a ESTA visa for both myself and my husband and have been accepted.
We will be in Miami for one night before going on a cruise to the Caribbean then returning to Miami & flying straight back to the UK.
The question I have is my husband has a conviction for possession, with intent to supply (spent for 3 years). Happened in 2002. He has also changed his first name by deed poll about 2010. Is there anyway that customs can find out this information and what information is on his new passport? I'm quiet anxious about it, as I lied, completing the forms but also not being allowed into the US and no cruise!!!

I also wonder if anyone could help me with a question for my friend. He was convicted and served a prison sentence for racially aggravated crime in his teens about 4 to 5 years ago. He has completely turned his life around but the family were hoping to go to Disney World in Florida. If he went to get a visa from the embassy, would that automatically be a no no or if he completed a ESTA and he got it, Is it worth the risk? These crimes are taken very seriously in the UK as they should be. :)

Looking forward to some advice

J xx

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 1y

Your questions have been asked/answered dozens of times in this thread. Just read the last dozen pages:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22639

Bottom line: The UK does not share normal databases with the US so under normal circumstances you'll be okay, but nothing is ever guaranteed.

Good luck and have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by JeniO (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Thanks Terry,
I will read it all and glad you answered ;)

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 1y

Don't read the whole thing, your brain will melt/rot/explode. It's a long, rambling thread filled with useless and inaccurate info.

Just read the last dozen pages with particular attention to posts from travelman99 and myself, as well as the few kind individuals who posted their follow-up direct experience.

As I stated above though, the situation is simple... The UK does not share "normal" criminal databases with the US so under normal circumstances you'll be okay because the US Customs & Border Protection (Immigration) can't access your info.

That said, nothing is ever guaranteed at an international border, especially entering the bloody US...

Cheers,
Terry