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1371. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 27w

Henry, post your question here:

http://forum.wordtravels.com/categories/visa-and-passport

Cheers,
Terry

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1375. Posted by Meilor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 27w

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone could help me!
I am from Australia, I was convicted of shoplifting just under 10 years ago. A stupid, stupid out of character mistake. The amount was under $50, but in my police records it is simply stated as "under $2000", a larceny conviction.
I have not been in any form of trouble with the law before or since.
I was wondering if US and Australia share criminal records like this- do I have to disclose my record when applying for ESTA? if I apply for a working visa etc. in the future, will the US consulate know?

1376. Posted by Springys15 (Budding Member 6 posts) 27w

Hi if somebody could help me or give me any sort of idea I'd be extremely greatful! I'm 30 years old from the Uk and plan on travelling to the USA in August in the last 10 years I've received 3 police cautions battery, handling stolen goods and trespassing! My last caution for battery was 3 years ago I understand I sound a right thug I can only assure you I'm not. What are my chances of been accepted for a visa at the embassy? I've been advised just to risk the esta but it's not something I want to try really! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

1377. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 150 posts) 27w

Hi

No judgement - Check the US consulate website to
See if your cautions fall under "moral turpitude", if they don't, you can use the ESTA guilt free.

Remember, a caution isn't a conviction. The US don't even class the caution as a conviction, so it's very much a grey area.

Cheers

1378. Posted by Springys15 (Budding Member 6 posts) 27w

Thanks very much for your speedy reply do you have a link to the site I've tried to find information on US and cautions but am struggling to find anything.

1379. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 150 posts) 27w

This is a good guide - http://hub.unlock.org.uk//travelling-to-the-usa-the-esta-form-and-moral-turpitude/

As a footnote - at this stage you probably wouldn't get an interview in time at the embassy, let alone a waiver if you were found inadmissable.

1380. Posted by Springys15 (Budding Member 6 posts) 27w

Thank you again in a bit of a situation as to wether I should attempt the e waiver and click no! Given my chances are limited and the time is against me!