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1461. Posted by losangelessam (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


I have been reading this thread for the last hour and would love to have my query cleared up.

I and New Zealand citizen with a New Zealand passport.

My partner and I are travelling to the United States in October.

I haven't been but he has.

When I was under 17 I did some stupid shit I have 100% learned from and have totally changed and become a productive member of New Zealand society.

What I would like to know is does New Zealand share criminal record history with US CBP.

I was with a mate and we stole a car, I got sent to my dads in the middle of no where and have not offended again since. I was never sentenced to prison or juvenile prison or anything.

I am now 25 years old and wondering if this will show up when I head through immigration. I already have the ESTA approved and our trip is all pretty much paid for and booked in advance.

Thanks, sorry if I didn't include any information needed to help assist with my query.

1462. Posted by losangelessam (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

In regards to my above post:

I did have fingerprints taken and I know NZ and the US share biometric data but I am of the understanding this is for immigration purposes only e.g people trying to gain asylum etc. in the US/NZ

I have also requested a copy of my criminal record from our ministry of justice which has come back with no convictions

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2016, at 05:16 by losangelessam ]

1463. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 167 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You've answered your own question - no convictions. I'm sure New Zealand has some "clean slate" policy on very old conviction anyway.

1464. Posted by losangelessam (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yes but because I have been arrested will they see this info from scanning my passport ?

Yes ,here in New Zealand we do have a clean slate policy on crimes committed over 7 years ago and good behaviour since then. I believe I fall under this category but from my research, the United States doesn't accept this policy

1465. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2570 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

There is no criminal record data on any Passport. How in the world would it be updated? That would be impossible to maintain. A simple Google search will confirm this.

Your Passport contains lots of identification data, as it should, since it only has one purpose: To prove who you are.


1466. Posted by Dexter67 (Budding Member 7 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Hello all

I have read all the posts on this thread and learned a lot. However I would still like to post my situation and would greatly appreciate some advice.

About to start a new job that will at some stage almost certainly involve travel to the US.

I will be travelling from the UK and I have 2 convictions in the UK.

The first was committed when I was 15 and convicted when 16 for ABH. I'm now in my 40s. I'm really ashamed of this but I basically hit another kid a few times who I didn't get on with.

The second offence was for criminal damage when I was 21. A year prior to this offence I was set upon by a group and badley beaten. One day I saw one of the group on his own in a car I wanted to have it out with him, but he wouldn't get out of the car and wound the window up, out of frustration I hit the window and it smashed. The car actually belonged to a lady, who brought it over to my house the next day and I put a new window in for her. But I was still charged and convicted.

I think because I'll need to do short visits for work I'll need to get a visa. Given one of my convictions was as a juvenile (ABH) and the other I don't think is serious and therefore not moral turpitude is it likely I would I get a visa?

Or is there much chance of the waver of inexcessability?

Also it would great if someone could tell me if criminal damage is morale turpitude.

There other question I have is about immigration traveling by ship, I assume if you get off the ship you go through immigration the same as an airport and all the normal rules apply. However, what happens if you stay on the ship and don't set foot on us soil? Will your passport be checked? Will you even be seen by cpb?

Also slightly off topic, but can you be sacked for not mentioning spent convictions to your employer?

Thanks in advance

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2016, at 03:51 by Dexter67 ]

1467. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2570 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Relieve a lot of stress by simply jumping through the bureaucratic hoops and doing the paperwork.

The US Consulate in the UK will have no issues with your past convictions, they are ancient history and will not be a hassle. You'll be able to travel with a clear conscience and no worries.

Good luck.


1468. Posted by jhr032888 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Hi all, wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or add to this so here goes. I have recently plead guilty to an assault charge and was fined, it was in self defense but unfortunately for me the police arrived when I slapped someone and did not see a gang of people assault me so I got charged, I'm still so annoyed by this but was wondering would I need to tick the box if I was to travel to America? Or anywhere to be honest, I'm going to see my lawyer soon as tbh I wasn't even told how long it would be on my record or anything I think I got the shit end of the deal! Many thanks all :)

1469. Posted by Dexter67 (Budding Member 7 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Terry I appreciate the reply!

I'll go the visa route and let you all know how it goes.

1470. Posted by losangelessam (Budding Member 4 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Terry and travelman99, really appreciate your help :) This thread has been so helpful