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1111. Posted by Anto1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Hi terry

We live in n Ireland and have applied for the visa but because of the amount of Canabis do you think it's worthwhile going ahead with the application?


1112. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

No matter how many times you ask the question the answer will still be the same.

There is no way to predict what will happen, it's a roll of the dice. The official will be considering LOTS of details like the amount of dope involved, other convictions, his employment history, ties to the community, etc.

In any case you've already applied, correct? So it's a moot point, the process has started, right?

Good luck.


1113. Posted by Anto1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Thanks for the advice and yes we are at the final stage of the application so I will let you know what the outcome is 😊

1114. Posted by johnor1991 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Im kinda in the same boat, I was caught with 1 gram of cannabis and given a fine for it when i was 16 (8 years ago) and im on my way to new york and last vegas in march. I know its a roll if the dice but would there be any problems do you think? Just tick the waiver and give it a chance? Will always worry about getting stopped at border control

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Oct-2015, at 01:28 by johnor1991 ]

1115. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

There's no magic bullet, John. Your question has been answered countless times throughout this thread.


[ Edit: Edited on 23-Oct-2015, at 07:55 by CheersT ]

1116. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

To echo Terry - I literally answered this very question about 3 posts ago regarding cannibis convictions...

1117. Posted by Winstone (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

I had posted a comment a couple of months ago.
I received a caution in 2007 for class A possession.
I had no choice but to travel on ESTA.
It was approved.
Flew into LAX last Wednesday, had a two hour queue at Immigration, I had never felt so nervous in my life!
Finally had the call to come over to a desk.
A stern looking guy took my passport, asked me to place my fingers on a scanner.
Despite them shaking he smiled at me, paused...and then said welcome to the USA!
thanks for all the advice/comments guys, especially terry and travelman99, it did help me put my mind at rest a little before my flight!
I would suggest anyone in a similar position risks it, from what i witnessed at Immigration the likelihood of being stopped is very very slim.

1118. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

Thanks Winstone. I really appreciate (as I'm sure does Travelman) that you came back with your follow-up. It helps make all our time/effort on this mess of a thread worthwhile.

Have a fabulous time and all the best to you.


1119. Posted by UStravel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Hi, I was cautioned with possession of a class A In 2001 (half an ecstasy tablet). I had no option but to risk ESTA as it was an urgent trip and had no time to go down the visa route. Waiting to be called by the immigration officer was very nerve wrecking. Once called, he asked a few questions regarding why I was here. He even cracked a few jokes which helped with my nerves. Took my fingerprints and passport and stamped my passport.
I wish I had gone down the visa route as there is a possibility that I will be able to work out there. Suppose I have blown that now by not disclosing the arrest on my esta :-(

1120. Posted by CloudStrife (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

As CheersT said its great to have people come on and speak about their situation after. Everyone asks then doesn't state what happened. The only stories you hear are the bad ones.