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1441. Posted by amenicycinema (Budding Member 22 posts) 16w

wow 10 year waiver is amazing, I wasn't sure they still had those! it gives me hope that mine might be for more than 1 year this time - finally sent passport in for visa issue yesterday after over a year of hassles with applying for my second waiver. too bad the exchange rate is now so terrible but want to travel asap anyway because we've waited so long already!

1442. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 16w

he wasn't denied a visa for his convictions just told he needed to complete a medical because he had two drink related offences, once medical was approved, he's application was renewed and successful so normal 10 visa. Which I think is the norm

1443. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 16w

My partners convictions where ABH 10 years ago held at the magistrates no prison sentence, just community service and fine, he was 18 at the time. He had a drink driving conviction 6 years ago held at magistrates resolved with a fine, he then had a recent battery 2years ago very minor, a small fine. They where more concerned with his recent one as it was only 2 years, and because that was drink related and the driving was a drink related offence is the reason he needed a medical. If you have more then one drink related offence you will be sent for a medical costing £305 so save some money :)

1444. Posted by ThumperJumper (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15w

Yet another question on this subject, I'm afraid! Although mine is more a question of 'Do you think these crimes involved moral turpitude?'.

So we are due to travel to Orlando in August, there's a group of 16 of us going (mostly children) and one member of our party - my brother in law - has a criminal record. On his criminal record it states he was fined for 'having a bladed article in a public place'. He was in the army and due to go to Belize for jungle training, he was travelling home for a week's leave before deploying and was stopped for a routine traffic stop. Unfortunately he had his army issued machete in the car. The offence was 10 years ago.

Secondly he has a caution for assault from 4 years ago. Basically, a group of teenagers who were drunk approached him and asked him to buy alcohol for them, he said no and they started threatening him. One of the lads got very close and 'in his face' so he pushed him back. Unfortunately a witness only saw him pushing a teenager, not what happened previously. The police were called, the lad claimed he did nothing wrong and because there were no witnesses to say different, brother in law was cautioned.

So like I said, what would you do and would you consider these incidents involved moral turpitude?

Thanks in advance.

1445. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 15w

Are you going this August because he has no choice but to select no on the Esta, he will not have enough time to apply for a visa. I wouldn't worry about his condivictions loads of people with worse have gone through customs

1446. Posted by ThumperJumper (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15w

Sorry, I missed off the 2017 part! We are going next August. I think he's concerned that as he's travelled to a few weird and wonderful places with the army, they'll stop and question him about that and then look into his criminal record (if that makes sense?). This is all very stressful!

1447. Posted by Lucretia2016 (Inactive 14 posts) 15w

You have a year, so if your going visa route do it now lest if he's deined he could be eligible for wavier and hopefully all in time for hoilday because he 's in the army, that will work in his favour, as Americans honour people who have worked in the army :)

1448. Posted by isabellapotts (Inactive 12 posts) 14w

Just I gone a wonderful UK trip in last month. I wouldn't risk anymore because luck is not fever all time. Various types of criminal record are view in many sides. Desperately avoid it. Always contact with police. They are always with you.

1449. Posted by Trapeze (Budding Member 6 posts) 14w


And your point is?

1450. Posted by Saintadjg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w

Broken record time..
Here goes.i have a conviction when I was 18 for theft with violence. Basically a mugging. I only played a minor part but i was there and duly sentenced to 21mths served 7.pretty sure I was 17 when I committed the now only conviction. Though I was arrested without charge due to a passenger in my car having a few ounces of cannabis after he put it under seat (he admitted it was his as soon as it was found), this must've been 10yrs or so ago.
We want to go on holiday for our anniversary December 2017.
Looking for any advice .
My heart says don't say anything my head says declare apply for visa and hope for the best. Fortunately my wife is aware of my situation. And she'll need a visa too as she Filipino but that's irrelevant to my situation.
Thanks in advance