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1021. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

I honestly think that at this point every possible query has been answered multipe times.


1022. Posted by CloudStrife (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Well I've just read the whole thread and what a read. Its put my mind at ease. Thanks especially go to Terry for sticking with this thread for so long.

That aside and I already know the answer I'm compelled to write my situation though I know the answer!

Honeymoon booked for the USA next June. I was cautioned for drunk and disorderly behaviour 3 years ago and paid the fine.

I live in the UK. Was born in the UK but hold an Irish passport (Northern Ireland).

I completed my ESTA last night and answered no.

I feel I shouldn't have a problem.

Thanks and good night.

1023. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

Bullseye, CloudStrife.

Have a great holiday.


1024. Posted by CloudStrife (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y


It doesn't help that I lost my previous passport. I'm assuming that my most passport details were reported to the relevant authorities including Interpol. But I'll be using my new one so shouldn't be a problem.

On my ESTA when entering my parents names I entered my mother's surname before she was married as I mistakenly assumed it was her family name. This shouldn't be a problem.

Final question for now. My girlfriend also lost her passport. We were moving home at the time. She lost a British one and applied for an Irish one when I applied for another.

If she cancels her old British passport she won't have to enter that she has citizenship to another country? Simple?

People read the thread but I think it's human nature to still type out your individual case for reassurance.


1025. Posted by Winstone (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

I have read the majority of this thread this evening.
I am due to travel to the US at the end of October (flights and hotels paid for). I received a caution in November 2007 for possesion of a class A substance, my only offence.
Appreciate I am leaving it late to possibly apply for a holiday visa.
Given this caution was received back in 2007 would this likely mean a visa would be offered without a waiver?! (seem to have been a couple of examples on this board) therefore 10 weeks should be enough time to apply?!


1026. Posted by holidaygirl (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y


I'm new to the site & had a query regarding an charge received at age 19 (8 years ago)

my ESTA has been approved, but have been second guessing whether "affray t1" is moral turpitude

No jail time
18 month good behaviour bond
$1,200 fine paid

Thanks in advance


[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2015, at 23:38 by holidaygirl ]

1027. Posted by aussie_87 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y


Apart from being asked on the ETSA form, are there any other stages where you are asked about criminal convictions?

Eg. Is there an additional landing card that asks the question? Or does the immigration officer ask? etc

Thank you.

1028. Posted by Trapeze (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Hi, new to TP and I've read the entire 103 pages discussing this point.

I had served 2 jail sentences before. Once under 18 years of age and another at age 22. Both were for consumption of meth. It's been 12 years since my last offense and am certainly drug free now. I read in this thread about how the U.S. take drug offenses seriously. Can I just roll the dice for the ESTA or apply for visa?

Note that all in all after remissions I served 4 months on the first offense and 12 months on the second.

1029. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

Holiday girl - Affray is moral turpitude.

Aussie - Yes, you're asked again on your landing card. Lying to an immigration agent is a federal offence, and will land you in serious shit. One random check and your f*cked. Although - it's highly unlikely you'll be checked.

Trapeze - Prison Sentence for consumption of drugs? Taking drugs isn't illegal, possession and distributing however Is, and first time possession is normally dealt with a caution. How much did you have on you, and what were you charged with? Either way, you will need to declare this - depending on your employment status and links to the UK (mortgage, family etc) you should be cleared for a waiver. This will take 6 months to process.

1030. Posted by Trapeze (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Travelman, the law is much stricter in Singapore. No drugs found on me and the time I serve were both for consumption of meth.

So I should go ahead and declare or just gamble and say no?