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1421. Posted by Wrighty2183 (Budding Member 6 posts) 30w

My question was answered a while back for my situation. All I'm wondering now is, when I was turned back for a 3 month working visa to the US due a caution for possessing a class A substance ( I was seen taking a small amount of cocaine), I don't know if they would have made a note on my passport or not? Either way my question is if They did make a note on my current passport but I got a new passport with a new passport number would the notes still be attached to me in some way? I'm guessing they would be I'm just wondering

1422. Posted by Wrighty2183 (Budding Member 6 posts) 30w

I'm looking to just travel for a 2 week holiday with my family. The caution was 8 years ago now and I haven't been in any kind of trouble, I have a very good job, own my house and live well. Would this go in my favour of I was to apply for a visa? I'm from the UK

1423. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 30w

There are no notes made on your Passport. It's your record they check. Your name is already in the system, getting a new Passport won't help.

Of course having a clean record since the infraction will help you get a Visa issued. Seeing that you only have the single issue and it was 8 years ago you have a fairly good chance of your application being accepted.

Good luck.


1424. Posted by tommybhoy67 (Budding Member 3 posts) 30w

Hi there, I have read all the posts and was a member before but have not been on for a few years, anyway I can't seem to see a situation similiar to mine, I am a british citizen and want to travel to las vegas in june 2017 with friends, i have travelled to florida in 2004 and 2005 with a criminal record (breach of the peace,) and at the time filled the green card on the flight and said no to all questions and got through no problem, however since then i have a drink driving conviction and received a 3 year 4 month prison sentence for assault, (i am not excusing it was a fight that got out of hand long story), anyway I served 14 months and got released on november 2014, I know in normal circumstances the uk and us do not share criminal convictions and I know there is no chance of me getting accepted for a visa but because I received a significant custodial sentence in september 2013 would that make any difference to me getting through customs if going the esta route as that is the only way I will ever gain entry to the us ever again, would really appreciate anyone's advice on this, thank you,Tommy.

1425. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 30w

Dear Tommy,

Please learn punctuation and when to use periods.

That said, "... I know in normal circumstances the UK and US do not share criminal convictions and I know there is no chance of me getting accepted for a visa..."

Doesn't that answer your entire issue?


PS Learn how to use paragraphs too. All the best to you, sir.

1426. Posted by tommybhoy67 (Budding Member 3 posts) 30w

Dear CheersT

Thank you very much for your sarcastic reply, I didn't come on here for an english lesson, if you had nothing positive or helpful to say (which you did not) then do not reply to people wanting a bit of advice on a forum designed to give people advice, it's not even as if your reply was funny or witty just comes across as petty and boring, thanks again, you are a real charmer, also noticed you have given other people sarcastic answers asking them to read the entire thread, no one forces you to reply so again if you have nothing helpful to say leave it to someone who has, surely you have better things to do than constantly replying to peoples questions even though 9 out of 10 times it's a sarcastic and unhelpful answer.
P.S I have not seen any cases that similar to mine despite reading through hundreds of queries hence why I asked for a simple piece of advice.

1427. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 30w

Dear Tommy,

Visa issues are very complicated. Everything about crossing an international border - especially the crazy US - brings up issues. I've answered countless questions throughout this thread and hundreds of PMs about this topic, so yes, it's a lot nicer/easier to answer a query that has been posted properly.

You're not asking for a travel buddy to get drunk with, you're inquiring about a very serious subject and in my opinion that deserves a little effort on your part. I'm sorry you disagree.

In any case your situation has been addressed countless times, it's nothing special or unique. 1.) Your convictions obviously make it impossible for you to receive a Visa. 2.) You know that the US and UK don't normally share their criminal database. 3.) You've lied before and gained entry.

So what else is there? You're wondering if your significant custodial sentence almost 3 years ago makes any difference? Difference in what? Are you asking if US CBP somehow knows about it?

Good luck.


1428. Posted by tommybhoy67 (Budding Member 3 posts) 30w

Thank you, that reply was more helpful than the first one mocking the fact I never set out the question with the right punctuation, which was petty and uncalled for, as I said if it upset or annoyed you that much you could always have ignored it.
And yes basically the question was relating to the fact I received more than 3 years custodial sentence only 3 years ago as I had seen people on here who had criminal convictions but no prison sentence or only short term ones and others who had served longer prison terms but over 10 years ago so none of these were that similar to my situation, and the reason I asked is that I have heard a few people saying uk and us don't share criminal databases but if it is a significant custodial term then they can and do, I don't know if this is true or not hence the reason I came on here to see if anyone had a similar situation to mines and could shed some light on it, anyway I am not on here for arguments I geniunely wanted some advice and that's what this forum is for, so again thanks for the 2nd reply and you should leave the dry, unhelpful comments out of the forum as you otherwise are helpful and know a lot more than most on this subject, thank you.

1429. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 30w

Tommy - you'll learn that Terry has sage advice when it comes to visa issues, and has been a great help to many people on this thread.

If his sarcasm is cutting, it's only because he's answered the same question circa 300 times already.


[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jun-2016, at 13:04 by travelman99 ]

1430. Posted by CloudStrife (Budding Member 7 posts) 30w

Terry and Travelman. When we flew from Dublin last week my wife's ticket had SS on it. It meant she was checked more at than anyone else. I'm going to assume this was random as she has never has a run in with the law anywhere. But my question is would this check go as far as the US checking her background or just the normal airport staff?