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1. Posted by Curtislee1994 (Budding Member 3 posts) 50w

Hello.

I have booked a holiday to america (California) In march for 89 days.

I did alott of research and found that you could acquire a Visa Waiver program! So i went ahead and purchased the ticket.
Today i was just snooping around double checking things (i worry too much) and noticed that if you have a criminal record/Traffic offence, You are not eligable!

At this point im worrying... I read up about getting a visa and now im completely mind blown and dont know what to do! So i searched all the forums etc but not getting the answer im looking for as all other forums seem to be about Other convictions not driving/traffic convictions!

My first thought is to not tell them i have the driving convictions (yes two) My first when i was 16 a friend asked me to move a (uninsured vehicle) to a friends a few blocks down the road, This ended with me being pulled over, i stopped straight away, went to court and pleeded guilty. (this was 2010) i got a fine and 6 points. (also at this age i had no licence)

The second was 2 years ago (2013), i had a car with learner insurance (had all correct documents and licence) and one night a friend goes missing, So me being me, i go out to find them (on my own, no mentor at the side of me) this lead to a small 5 min chase (i was scared to loose the car) nothing bad happened, i eventually stopped and let them arrest me. This lead to a court hearing and i pleaded guilty! all i got was a £200+ fine and 42 day ban....

Anyway what i want to know is... Can i apply for a ESTA (visa waiver) without telling them about my conviction? yes this is wrong and i shouldn't but it seems the easiest option? Can they check on my police records? or in that case will they even bother?

Do port officers check all persons records?

I tried everywere for answers and i have probably made no sense, But help would be really appreciated as i have 0 idea after reading all the forums...

Thank you in advance :)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 50w

Read the last couple of dozen pages on this thread:

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

Bottom line: Forget the traffic violations ever happened. Wipe them from your memory banks.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Curtislee1994 (Budding Member 3 posts) 50w

Quoting CheersT

Read the last couple of dozen pages on this thread:

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

Bottom line: Forget the traffic violations ever happened. Wipe them from your memory banks.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

I read around 25 pages, Im still a little unsure on what my option is... I see nearly all the people on there have just 'winged it' and just gone for a ESTA and was successful.
So should i wing it too? sorry that im bothering you, but im very worried on what to do!

If i can wing it and them not check anything then i will go for it.

But i do also plan to marry and immigrate over there in the coming years.. Will this bounce back on me?

Cheers, Curtis

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 50w

No one can give you absolute guarantees. It's up to you to read the reasonable, rational opinions expressed and make your own decision.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by Curtislee1994 (Budding Member 3 posts) 50w

I read this Terry, http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=75643

So as the british say (Ill risk it for a choci buiscuit) And hope that in the future i dont get effected :) thank you for the support

6. Posted by Porpa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 45w

Hi there good thread thanks everyone.

I have been asked to travel to the US for work. I see that NZ has recently signed

"Agreement on enhancing cooperation in preventing and combating crime"

Which seems to state that NZ/US are now sharing biometric data freely for those persons with convictions of a year or more.

I have since traveled all around south america and europe, ticked the 'no' box and although having sweaty palms on the odd occasion, never had any problem.

Does this new piece of legislation change this when travelling in the US and would it be better to follow the advice online and apply for a temporary Visa waiver? The risk of being turned down if applying does not make it an attractive option. However getting turned away at the border on a flight paid for by our associates is even less attractive!

If anyone had any knowledge of how far along this is or any experience travelling NZ to US would appreciate your comments.

Cheers.

7. Posted by rob853 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 44w

I have convictions that led to a custodial sentence in 1987 for theft and burglary, i was homeles , young dum and selfish i was 17, i have since never offended and gone on to travel and study, i am now 48 and these marred years of my life are returning and haunting me, i have led a very mispent wild young life but have blossomed into a modest gent rspectful and honest.
I am keen to visit my brother in Boston USA will i be declined entry ?