No no you guys misunderstood, clearly I was not clear. What I meant was I was happy your friend was able to come because I do not consider him a risk. My comment was in regard to others with more serious convictions who may be able to get in if it was this easy for your friend.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Nov-2015, at 14:26 by DaveinMD ]
I think we are also concerned with terrorists who may have had no convictions, but who are on "watch llists" but still get in. Or, as in the case of one of the Paris bombers, who sneak in with refugees seeking asylum.
If they are on the "watch list" they won't get in. It will be flagged immediately as soon as their passport is scanned.
The US are taking tiny amounts of refugees compared to European countries, so I wouldn't worry about that either. Please do not also forget that the US is made up of refugees and criminals fleeing the UK and other countries all those years ago. If I were you, I'd be much more concerned by being shot by my own countrymen - more American's are killed by American's than anyone else, fact.
Just thought I would share my experience.
Myself and partner booked to go to New York, flying into JFK. Both uk citizens, uk passports.
Partner has previous cautions for drug possession. Ticked 'No' on the ESTA form.
Just returned from our trip, no problems.
I made a mistake and told the US of my convictions, they banned me from entry permanently.
I need to travel, but will not try that route again as it cost me dearly.
Does the US share the information I provided to them at the US Embassy is London? Am I on any red flags?
Is the info attached to my passport number?
I am UK passport, and now scared to travel anywhere and get rejected at other airports such as Canada, South Africa or any where else that the US may inform.
Obviously impossible to apply to each country beforehand
They banned you without the possibility of a waiver? They only do this if the crime happened very recently or falls under something they deem inexcusable. What were your convictions?
You also have the right to apply again.
I don't know if they share the information, I doubt it - there isn't a unified system that flags these things, bar Interpol, but Interpol covers wanted criminals or terrorists.
I have a question.
I went to the US in 2013 under the waiver. I went to the embassy in London as I was worried my conviction for moral turpitude (fraud) many years before (it's spent here in the UK) would deter my entry. Anyway long story short the visa was granted for 1 year and off I went.
My question is, maybe a daft one but having paid and gone through the process would I need to repeat it if I wanted to go again?
Yes you would - normally one will get a 1 year visa on their first waiver. You'll then get longer waivers as you apply again. Someone people apply again 5 months into their first visa and waiting times are like 6 months at the moment.
Longest they will now offer is 5 years for people with convictions.
Hi i received a police caution for possession of a small amount of cocaine recently (4 months ago) and 15 years ago i got a conviction for dangerous driving. What are my chances of getting a visa for the US? I am not sure my driving conviction will even show up on my Acro report as it isnt a criminal conviction but an road traffic offence. What are your thoughts?
Your question has been answered ad nauseam throughout this thread. Just read the last 20 pages or so.