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1591. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 167 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Absolutely!! The whole scenario is just a massive hypocrisy... you have the juxtaposition of the “land of the free”, with the ultra brutal immigration laws, and to your point, the US being the home of capitalism yet no way to throw money at the VISA situation.

1592. Posted by Gwenna (Budding Member 13 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Oh well, massive lesson learnt here. I can tell you that on the train jeorney home Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump and Homeland Security's ears must have gone into meltdown the expletives uttered from this "lady" we're not for the faint hearted.

All the best

1593. Posted by xymmot (Budding Member 2 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Quoting martymoose

Hi I know this might be an old thread but its something Im interested in also.
Can anyone tell me if the customs have direct access to your records?. can they access your uk police record from usa customs?
I dont personally see how they can but Im very interested in this.

Thanks for replies in advance

Depends on how bad you were,, if real bad, you be in a no fly list like I was by mistake. It took years before the correction came and I had to carry a paper " to whom it may concern" from USA govt. to set me free if caught in the web.. I doubt they have any UK records unless you were a ax murderer

1594. Posted by xymmot (Budding Member 2 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Yikes, you have to be bad to the bone before they check your records

1595. Posted by delideo03 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Afternoon all,

Despite having been to the USA a number of times previous I still get jittery about visiting the USA after having a caution for criminal damage given to me in 1994/5 (I damaged a car whilst drunk walking home from a pub). I recently discovered this transcript of a webchat at the London Embassy in 2000 which states that a criminal damage caution is not a CIMT. Hope its of some use to folk out there;

London Embassy Webchat from 2000

Thanks

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Feb-2017, at 05:22 by delideo03 ]

1596. Posted by grafix (First Time Poster 1 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Hi all, need to travel to the States for a fortnight but curious about the new 'extreme vetting' procedures, as this is a new policy.

Unfortunately, being a complete idiotix tw*t in my youth, I have quite a long and varied criminal record with 2 CIMT's and a few other minor offences. Received a 3.5 year jail term in 2001 and turned my life round after that. Though my last offense was 16 years ago, I would in no way risk a full visa application as the GBH section 18 and Burglary automatically bar me entry, I know that.

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1598. Posted by bigdave39 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Background: I have one simple caution, two counts. For possession of Class A (MDMA) and Class C (Ketamine, B now but was C at the time). 1 caution, 2 counts as I was in possession of both at the same time.

My first question relates to the intricacies of the above. Has anyone been in a situation where 2 drugs were caught in possession at the same time and as a result has caused confusion or issues at the visa offices given the presence of 2 and the officer potentially thinking it is 2 offences which majorly alters the way in which the offence would be treated?

My second question relates to applying for an H1B visa for non-immigrant temporary work in the US. Has anyone had experience of applying for this and what the process looks like. I have read online that it can actually be quite a lot quicker that the "non-VWP".

Additionally, if you have already had a visa granted for business purposes or travel do you simply have to go through the same process (potentially months) when you reapply for the second visa. This would seem a little bit crazy (which of course this whole process is).

To clarify in another situation, say you have had a 5 year visa granted can you reapply for that when you still have your old visa so that there is no time in which you are not able to go to the US. Or do you have to wait and face a period of months where you are unable to enter the US before the second one is granted?

Thanks.

Dave

1599. Posted by 20784 (Budding Member 2 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

I'm from ghana i got 1 year prison sentence in UK for deception 12 years ago and was deported to SA, they UK police and immigration took my fingerprints and dna but i told them fake name and date of birth as my details. Now am in europe and i have legal resident with my correct name & date of birth and my fingerprints never show here am so happy for that, but now i have US visa appointment coming up in few weeks but am scared, will US consular officer find out i went to prison in UK with fake name and date of birth? Is it dangerous to tick No to have u ever been convicted before?

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2017, at 06:33 by 20784 ]

1600. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 719 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

Quoting 20784

I'm from ghana i got 1 year prison sentence in UK for deception 12 years ago and was deported to SA, they UK police and immigration took my fingerprints and dna but i told them fake name and date of birth as my details. Now am in europe and i have legal resident with my correct name & date of birth and my fingerprints never show here am so happy for that, but now i have US visa appointment coming up in few weeks but am scared, will US consular officer find out i went to prison in UK with fake name and date of birth? Is it dangerous to tick No to have u ever been convicted before?

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