I posted here a few months ago that I was visiting the USA. Went through preclearance in Dublin without a hitch. I was arrested for drunk and disorderly. The officer was very nice as well. I know I had no need to worry but I did and felt a huge relief once through. Just letting others know.
Glad you had a smooth trip.
I just need some opinions on my issue. I am planning to visit the US in 77 days and have only just read up about criminal records and ESTA. I applied for the ESTA in April and was accepted because I answered no to all including the serious harm question. Now I have an extensive if not petty record, most of which was committed 8/10 years or more ago. I don't think I have the time to apply for a visa and because I am visiting my girlfriend, I don't want to mess up my plans. Is there any realistic chance the cbp can access my record through my passport if I continue with the ESTA? Any help/reassurance on this matter would be appreciated.
Just to add: My convictions include Drunk and disorderly, theft, obtaining services by deception, criminal damage and a caution for battery. I am a British citizen
Kopidol: Your situation has been addressed countless times. Read the last couple of dozen pages of this thread.
I have spent the last two days reading every single post. I am Australian on an Australian passport. Recently was charged for fare evasion/travelling without correct fare and possession of 1.2gm ice. I am due in court soon and expect to have no conviction recorded as the police located the drugs in the slats of a bench I was told to sit on ( by the transport police), and not on me. Obviously once I go to court I will know more but I am going to have to apply for a visa/waiver of visa inadmissability as my husband and two children are American citizens and at some point we'd like to move over there, so lying won't help . I have travelled and worked there before. But I guess my questions are now, for those who have been to the interviews: does having family links to the us work for or against you? And 5 yrs would be an appropriate time to wait before first applying? I am actually devastated and paralyzed at the thought I might never get to see my nephews and nieces and even my silly old father in law again. I'm also assuming fare evasion on it's own wouldn't matter but coupled with drug charge, even if no conviction will maybe be glasses as a moral turpitude fail. I should add I guess that I'm 39.
I am due in court soon and expect to have no conviction recorded...
If you won't have a criminal record then what are you worried about?
I am worried because down the line we will be applying for a spousal visa to live there for a few years and the way I'm reading they view even an arrest as an admission of guilt. If it was just a one off holiday I'd not be worried so much but I'm looking to make multiple trips and a semi permanent move there
No - being arrested isn't admitting guilt.
I don think it's an admission of guilt either but I have to declare it, so surely they view it that way? It's going to be a long 5 yrs unless they change the rules a little