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1301. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 42w

UNLOCK's advice is (almost) exactly what I have posted here ad nauseam. I disagree with their assessment of the finer points of how US CBP would legally define the conviction, but that's neither here nor there.

Their comment that US CBP doesn't have access to the "normal" UK criminal database is also something that I've posted dozens and dozens and dozens of times, but the Moderator here changed policy a few days ago and requested that there be no more discussions about data sharing between countries on this forum. I do not agree with that policy, but it's their forum and their rules.

Lastly, the reason why I suggested you simply jump through the bureaucratic hoop is because of two issues:

1.) You were absolutely manic (repeatedly) about the possibility of you being denied entry. Reading your posts I honestly couldn't imagine you being the type of person to tell a white lie on the ESTA form and breeze though US Immigration with a clear conscience and a completely innocent face. You seemed to be a textbook example of someone who under one glance from a US CBP official would crumble and the officer would instantly know you're hiding something.

2.) As I clearly explained your paperwork would be rubber-stamped so you'd be 100% free and clear to enter the US with no hassle.

Congrats on your wedding and have fun in the US.


1302. Posted by Scarlette14 (Inactive 8 posts) 42w

Your observation of me is absolutely correct I'm a very nervous person at the best of times, i feel better for seeking the advice now though. I'm still awaiting my new passport to arrive so I'm still in limbo but not stressing as much as I was. I need to woman up a lot in the next 9 months. thank you for your advice this last weekend you've kept me grounded. I'll keep you posted

1303. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 159 posts) 42w

Unlock has given me some dodgy information in the past - their general guidance is to not tell the US immigration anything unless you absolutely have too.

1304. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 42w

Scarlette, you sound like a great gal, thanks for all the honesty and the chuckles.

Good luck no matter how you decide to handle this. It'll be fine.

Have a gas.


PS Travelman gives top-notch, trustworthy advice too.

1305. Posted by Thedrawinglady (First Time Poster 1 posts) 41w

Hello, I am a little concerned being a UK citizen, the form for ESTA is awefully vague and only says about being arrested or convicted for a "serious" offence/crime.

I have a Conditional Caution from last year, I cant remember the exact offense, something along the lines of theft from workplace, long story short I snapped under pressure, did a stupid, paid back for it under the caution and thats that, I dont even remember most of it to be honest (medical condition effects memory), but I know I was very compliant and it was all handled well, I didnt mean for it to happen, it just did.
The theft was seen as minor as it was just gift cards or an amount below £500 and I only had to pay back what was taken. The caution is now classed as spent.

So on the form, do I say no? Will it effect me going?
I have no immediate plans but id love to go in the near future and worry that this will hinder it, I feel like I should tick no because it wasnt serious, but im worried that if I tick yes, it will decline me purely for ticking yes?

Any insight will be great, thank you.

1306. Posted by happensw (Inactive 1 posts) 41w

organized crime, serious drugs, guns etc...will not allow you to enter the usa.

1307. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 41w

Thedrawinglady @ #1305, your question has been asked/answered countless times on this thread. Just start reading backwards - not from the beginning - and the options will be obvious.

happensw @ 1306, water is wet and the sky is blue too.


1308. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 40w

Hello I need some help, my partner has 3 convictions assault occasioning actual bodily harm he had a suspended sentence 12 months community order and fine, back in 2006, 2 weeks after his 18th birthday, the 2nd conviction was drink driving 2011, 3rd battery just a fine 2014, push a guy on a night out do to a disagreement. He has an appointment at the London embassy 16th June. We are home owners, have paid for the trip to Florida for 17th August 2016, this can be changed to a different holiday if hes denied a visa we want to take our two children to Disneyland. Does it look unlikely he will be excepted the ABH was 10 years ago and wasn't with intent, and the guy had minor injures cut lip and minor bruising. I'm guessing the other two won't be an issue because they don't fall under moral turpitude. Wish I knew about this form before pressing yes on Ester form.

1309. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 40w

"... Wish I knew about this form before pressing yes on Ester form..."

It's too late now. He's in the system, there's nothing you can do.

Pleased let us know how it works out.

Good luck.


1310. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 40w

Thank you Terry, fingers crossed, I will keep people up to date with this process, It's touch and go with an ABH conviction, I'm hopeful because he had the minimum sentence ( 12 month suspended sentence) and the conviction was 10 years ago he is going to Include our paid return flight tickets when attending interview. Do you think the drink driving and battery could go against him too even if they aren't consider moral turpitude :/

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2016, at 06:00 by Lucretia2016 ]