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1451. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 12w

Broken record time... As usual with so many queries on this thread you fail to mention the single most important piece of information: Your nationality.

That said, unless you're Canadian your question has been addressed and discussed ad nauseum.

You've left it very late to apply for a Visa, but if you can make an appointment at whatever US Embassy/Consulate is closest to you then your application should be rubber stamped.

Good luck.


1452. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2434 posts) 12w

Quoting Saintadjg

We want to go on holiday for our anniversary December 2017.

Whoops, I misread this as 2016.

For a holiday 16 months from now just get the Visa and forget about any worries.


1453. Posted by AdiBecker (Inactive 13 posts) 12w

I think you can go where ever you want to.Even in US or Asia. Its just only a minor offence in UK And the was three years ago. And try to open up to your partner about your past. If she really love you. She will accept everything.

1454. Posted by Hummac (Budding Member 3 posts) 12w

My husband was convicted of theft from employer in June 2012, fined £500 and completed 60 hours community service. This was his first and only offence.

When applying for an Esta it states "have you ever been arrested or convicted for serious damage to property etc?". I believe he can honestly answer "no".

Anyone been in a similar situation please? Does he require a visa or not?

Thank you.

1455. Posted by Westlife666 (Budding Member 7 posts) 11w

Hummac, what did your husband steal/how much?

My brother was in a similar situation and when reading the esta, it seems you can honesty answer no. If you went to the embassy however they'd tell you that you need to apply for a visa for any conviction.

As cheersT says, this has been addressed many times. In all likelihood he will be fine. I hope you enjoy your holiday

1456. Posted by Hummac (Budding Member 3 posts) 11w

He took some stock from his job he worked in to the value of £500 (he was fined the value of them). Ironically he paid for them and had a receipt but the way he went about it was wrong (long story) and as he was being bullied at work and very unwell at the time of the hearing he pleaded guilty as he wanted an end to it all.

I'm so cross (still) that he has a criminal record for this and we are desperate to return to the USA.

What was your brother's situation?

1457. Posted by Hummac (Budding Member 3 posts) 11w

Should add that after he was convicted he got a pay out from his job after being bullied - crazy!!!

1458. Posted by Westlife666 (Budding Member 7 posts) 11w

He took some money from the till when he worked in retail. Think it was in and around £100.
Holiday hasnt come around yet.
There are people getting in on esta with multiple convictions for drugs etc- which they really do not stand for! That being said of course there's always a possibility but in all likelihood your husband will be fine. They have no access to our criminal records unless you're on Interpol etc. You're simply not what they're interested in

Enjoy the holiday and don't worry

1459. Posted by simonm1984 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w

i'm 32 male from south wales UK. i have a record from around 11 years ago which was drugs *extacy* i have very poor eyesight and when i was younger was very easily led astray and caught with 45 pills. i have known allot of american people over the years who are always asking me to go visit them where ever it is in the states they are from, mainly Michigan

i didn't do no jail time and had a community service order and probation ( 2 years probation and 60 hours CS

i have not been in trouble with the police since,

i have read allot of forums all over the internet,. and have found lot's of negativity and responses that are basically telling me i have more chance of kicking crap into space than getting a visa. and as a poor student (who cannot get a job due to health and safety issues because of my eye condition
i kinda gave up hope until i come across this forum that has actively been running for 10 years

i am now 32 the incidence in question was when i was 19

would they maybe ask for to have a medical? i just don;t really like the fact that u could pay for a assessment at the embassy for them to tell me to go away and laugh in my face i really cannot afford to do that

any help/information would be greatly appreciated

thanks in advance

sorry about my grammar, my speech package on my PC is on the fritz :(



1460. Posted by Westlife666 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10w

Simon, your question has been addressed so many times in this forum. Tick no on the esta and you'll more than likely be fine as they don't have access to our criminal records. In saying that of course nothing is 100%. by all means try at the embassy if you don't feel like taking the tisk but it is an expensive and long procedure.

I did a data protection course today at work and it again and in support of what people are saying on here, outside of Europe, they have to have really good reasons to request information about you.