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1431. Posted by Angela maria (Budding Member 4 posts) 36w

Will you lot stop panicking,I've just come back from NYC I have a record.bought one visa got a 10 year one it ran out,So would not pay anymore money out,so got an esta no problem.MASSIVE QUEUE AT JFK customs and immigration so RUDE AND BORED LOOKING.TOTAL TWATS.

1432. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 35w

Quoting CloudStrife

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?


There's no way to know for sure what was checked, but since your wife has never had a run-in with the law it's immaterial. Don't waste one second worrying about this.

Enjoy your trip.


1433. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 35w

SS or SSSS does not mean Interpol checks, is simply means extra back screening, enhanced pat downs and extra questions or proof of trave required.

Interpol backchecks are not routine, and will usually only be carried out if you've been arrested whilst in the US.

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1435. Posted by Henry14 (Budding Member 7 posts) 34w

Terry, what do you think about this

1436. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 34w

Henry - Firstly have you seen the date this was written? Secondly, if you click on the link, it goes to a dead page on the home office website.

This was obviously something that never took off, or, is bullshit. Even so, it stated that finger prints would only cause alarm if they matched up with another country. i.e, someone got arrested in the states using a stolen passport, and then tried to enter another country where they are also wanted.

1437. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 34w

Hi guys me again my partner got a 10 year visa arrived yesterday.

1438. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 34w

That's great news, Lucretia.

Have a great trip.


1439. Posted by loveitbeauty (Budding Member 6 posts) 34w

Wow that's great that he got issued a 10 year visa Lucretia, it's reassuring to hear although I'm still worried that we are going to be denied. We are still waiting to hear back, although our interview was only in May so will update here to let you all know the outcome :)

1440. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 34w

Lucretia - Thanks so much for coming back and telling us. Please remind us of the conviction/caution was again, and how long ago it was, and also how long it took to process.