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1411. Posted by makkypink (Budding Member 3 posts) 14w

Hello

Yesterday I talked with the official who was looking my husband case, he said the report was filed and NFA... when I ask about ESTA and other records he laught at me!!!

No conviction, bail, charge not criminal record.

Arrested = NO CRIMINAL RÉCORD

he said he cant look at the case once is filed... and if he cant USA VISA BORDER can't do it without a good reason (interpol reasons)

ABH is the same as battery so not a Moral Turpintude crime so relax.

He also said the arrest is never going to appear in an criminal record report (ACRO) Because is not a crime

Hope this helps.

1412. Posted by amenicycinema (Budding Member 22 posts) 14w

got an email this morning asking for my passport to be sent in for visa issuance :) it's been a long wait as I initially applied in February last year and apparently missed the email the last time (100% sure I never got it and evidently the embassy were having system problems around that time as quite a few people were in the same situation). managed to get them to re-submit everything for me so I didn't have to attend again, and have just been approved. I'll update when I get the visa back with timeline and how long I have been granted a waiver for!

1413. Posted by YunaAngelz (Budding Member 4 posts) 14w

Hello Everyone,
In 2011 my ex husband and I got into a fight and since he told them a different story that I pushed him away when I had feared he was going to hit me as he was less then a few feet away from me (which I forgot to tell them about) then bit one of my fingers as I slapped him

He told them I pushed him then slapped him so we both got brought in were finger printed in different rooms charged with Assult ((Don't remember the excat charge they used)) and had restraining orders put into place.

Edit: The Assult charge was stayed

The Restraining Orders came off on there own we never broke it or anything like that, Now I have a few questions that I am going post below:

1) Could I be denied entry into the USA because of this charge back in 2011?

2) Taking the Grey Hound Crossing the Border being Unemployed on Social Assistance what could I expect as far as question's?

3) How long can I stay in the USA for to visit?

4) I plan to Travel by Grey Hound and they require I have proof of means to travel back but as like below I have a sick Grandma and I would like to be there as long as possible so how do I provide this proof?

5) I have a sick Grandma in the USA and I believe the max stay is 3 months I would like to be there when she dies now if she dies say the 3rd month I am there and the funeral is not for another month or so would I get departed or be required to go back?

I would love to stay for the funeral if she does pass while I am there, Anyone that can help me out with this it would be really appreciated.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2016, at 01:41 by YunaAngelz ]

1414. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2421 posts) 14w

1.) Yes, absolutely.

2.) US CBP can ask you anything. Nothing is off limits.

3.) For simple questions like this always go directly to the source. https://ca.usembassy.gov/visas/do-i-need-a-visa/ As you'll see Canadians can generally stay for 6 months but this is determined at point of entry.

4.) Your chances of being asked for proof of funds is very unlikely... but if you look like a bum then you will have to give proof that you can support yourself. Credit cards, bank statements and extended medical insurance might be required.

5.) Never overstay the amount of time that you granted upon entry.

Cheers,
Terry

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1416. Posted by YunaAngelz (Budding Member 4 posts) 14w

Quoting CheersT

1.) Yes, absolutely.

4.) Your chances of being asked for proof of funds is very unlikely... but if you look like a bum then you will have to give proof that you can support yourself. Credit cards, bank statements and extended medical insurance might be required.

Cheers,
Terry

1) I could get denied Entry into the USA cause of a Stayed Assault charge back in 2011? If so is there a cheaper way to get rid of it then a Pardon I can't afford $600.00 on a pardon.

Cause when I called my Local Police Station they pulled up my file when I asked "Would I have any problems crossing the border with this to visit my grandma" they said Quote "I shouldn't have any problem's but I may want to check with the border first"

4) I don't have any Credit Cards, I do have bank statements though and in Canada Health care is free so I'm unsure about how to provide those one's

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2016, at 20:34 by YunaAngelz ]

1417. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2421 posts) 14w

Getting a Pardon is meaningless. US CBP does not recognize Canadian Pardons.

Your local police are 100% clueless about Immigration matters.

Your Canadian Health Care is almost completely useless for international travel. A medical emergency in the US could have devastating financial repercussions, that's why if there's any questions about your ability to afford your visit then CBP will sometime play the health insurance card.

Cheers,
Terry

1418. Posted by YunaAngelz (Budding Member 4 posts) 14w

Quoting CheersT

Getting a Pardon is meaningless. US CBP does not recognize Canadian Pardons.

Your local police are 100% clueless about Immigration matters.

Your Canadian Health Care is almost completely useless for international travel. A medical emergency in the US could have devastating financial repercussions, that's why if there's any questions about your ability to afford your visit then CBP will sometime play the health insurance card.

Cheers,
Terry

Okay so how do I get across the border with the "Stayed" Assault charge?

With my bank account statements showing that I get over $700.00 a month from Social Assistance I highly doubt that's going be a problem paying for health care and that I be having USA Cash one me as well.

Edit: Plus I could apply for a green card to work in the USA correct after so long?

Plus I been across the Border in 2004 before I had this Stayed Assault charge nothing was asked about Medical care as I was going on a Royal Caribbean Cruise line if anything they should been worried about health care going from different places then just to one place

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2016, at 21:27 by YunaAngelz ]

1419. Posted by YunaAngelz (Budding Member 4 posts) 14w

Just found this on there website

The list of crimes of moral turpitude that are reasons for exclusion from the U.S. is also quite detailed. The most common types of crimes involving moral turpitude that would make you inadmissible are murder, manslaughter, rape, theft, bribery, forgery, aggravated battery, prostitution, and fraud. At this time, driving under the influence, breaking and entering, disorderly conduct and ****simple assault******are not considered crimes that make a person inadmissible to the U.S., although if there are multiple convictions and or other misdemeanors, you could be denied entry.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/760/~/entry-into-the-u.s.---canadian-with-criminal-record-or-overstay,-waiver

The one in 2011 was my only charge I asked her if I had anything else as far as charges she could see she said "No not at all other then this there is nothing"

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2016, at 22:06 by YunaAngelz ]

1420. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2421 posts) 14w

You're not reading my answers correctly. You're asking general questions and I'm giving you general answers so you can be prepared for all possible outcomes. NOTHING is written in stone at the border, all I am trying to do is to alert you some of the many, many nuances of US Immigration.

If you present yourself at the border in a manner that raises no red flags then you'll slide right through. If the CBP officer thinks that you'll be a drain on their society, or that you can't support yourself, or that you're not going to return home in the allotted time, or that you're going to try to work, etc. etc. etc. then you can be denied entry for no stated reason whatsoever.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry