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1611. Posted by cfc1sean (Budding Member 4 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

CheersT,

Lol, I don't know about way past...

However most people have skeletons in the cupboard, if I get knocked back then so be it, but to be honest people that have volunteered their pasts on the ESTA are a safer bet for the states as they have been checked out.

From what i have read, someone with a severe criminal record just needs to lie on the ESTA and providing luck is on their side they walk in.

Any hows will keep you updated following Monday...

Sean

1612. Posted by Florida44 (Budding Member 4 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

Terry out of interest can I ask about your response to me regarding the drug possession. You said no way to visa and I wanted to know is that because there r 2 convictions and because they r recent? Would it have been different if it was only one? Also does this mean travel to us can't happen for a very long time? Thanks again

1613. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

Two recent convictions means automatic refusal, I don't know how you could imagine otherwise.

You either lie and roll the dice, or wait 5 years minimum before submitting the paperwork.

Cheers,
Terry

1614. Posted by Florida44 (Budding Member 4 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

Only getting my head around it since I read this site to be honest as the jargon on their site wasn't easy for me to understand. I guess I wanted a clear yes or no answer so thanks for that it's been giving me sleepless nights.
Easy for someone with no knowledge of this just to want a simple answer terry. So thanks.

1615. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Florida44

Easy for someone with no knowledge of this just to want a simple answer terry. So thanks.

Unfortunately there is no such thing as a simple answer any more when it comes to Immigration/Visa questions, especially when dealing with the US.

There is a minuscule chance that maybe you would have the paperwork approved, stranger things have happened. But it my opinion your chances are statistically irrelevant so it's a waste of time and money.

More and more everything is a crap shoot.

Cheers,
Terry

1616. Posted by cfc1sean (Budding Member 4 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

So, I had my interview on Monday, appointment was for 8.00 however I got there around 6.40 and was the 1st person in the queue 30 mins later and there was queues 50 people deep.

So you can now take mobile phones in with you and I also took my vape.

At reception I was given a number and told to sit and watch the screens until my number is displayed then go to that window. So went to the 1st window where my DS160 was taken, then my ACPO certificate, my passport, and the VCU01 form, I was asked several questions and then my finger prints was taken electronically, I was then asked to sit back down and await my 2nd interview.

2nd interview they rechecked my finger prints to determine I was the person who had just given his prints, they asked about past spent convictions that I had listed on the VCU01 form to which I answered, they asked reason for travel, who I would be travelling with, they then advised me to email ACRO giving consent for ACRO to release data to the embassy to obviously check my declaration on the VCU01 form against what was on my subject access request. They returned my passport and advised I would here regarding my application for a B2 visa via email.

I have to say I found the embassy staff to be polite and helpful, they did not judge me for my previous convictions, and on the whole the experience was no where near as bad as what lots of posts have suggested.

My advice would be arrive early, have all documentation with you on the day, be polite and treat them as you would want to be treated, dress smart, and listen carefully to what they expect of you, if you have questions or are unsure of the process just ask them as they are only trying to do there job.

Since emailing ACRO giving my consent I have been emailed by the embassy and advised my application has gone to an embassy official to be reviewed.

The information on my VCU01 form will match my subject access request so they did advise on the 2nd interview that providing I did not try to conceal information and both match then I should qualify for a visa so hopefully being upfront and honest will pay off.

I will update again when I have confirmation as to if I get the visa or they apply for a waiver.

Good luck people..!

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Mar-2017, at 09:01 by cfc1sean ]

1617. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 20w Star this if you like it!

Fingers crossed for you Sean.

Cheers,
Terry

1618. Posted by beavisbeavis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm amazed by how many people have written on this thread. Anyway my question is slightly different, Can I travel to the USA and Canada if I have a pending charge. I'm from Australia and I'm meant to be travelling in about a week but I got caught with some cannabis last weekend. I haven't received the paper work for the charge or court date. The officers said I can travel and they know all the travel details, he even told me to answer "No" on ESTA to the question about "Have you been arrested or convicted" because I wasn't arrested and I haven't been convicted (yet) but I'm worried about immigration. I haven't received my charge papers or court date yet and I have a lawyer which can attend my court date if it is on while I'm overseas. The lawyer also reckons I'll be fine to travel but he can't guarantee that. The police officer also reckons I'll be fine because he believes the pending charges are just on their records and the papers aren't complete yet. Does anyone know if pending charges come up on the immigration system? I'm guessing from what I have read on here, the pending charges will not come up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been stressing a lot over this. Thank you.

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1620. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 307 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Quoting beavisbeavis

Hi, I'm amazed by how many people have written on this thread. Anyway my question is slightly different, Can I travel to the USA and Canada if I have a pending charge. I'm from Australia and I'm meant to be travelling in about a week but I got caught with some cannabis last weekend. I haven't received the paper work for the charge or court date. The officers said I can travel and they know all the travel details, he even told me to answer "No" on ESTA to the question about "Have you been arrested or convicted" because I wasn't arrested and I haven't been convicted (yet) but I'm worried about immigration. I haven't received my charge papers or court date yet and I have a lawyer which can attend my court date if it is on while I'm overseas. The lawyer also reckons I'll be fine to travel but he can't guarantee that. The police officer also reckons I'll be fine because he believes the pending charges are just on their records and the papers aren't complete yet. Does anyone know if pending charges come up on the immigration system? I'm guessing from what I have read on here, the pending charges will not come up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been stressing a lot over this. Thank you.

Your question has already been answered mate, tick No, and go with the flow.Your Lawyer is basically just covering his own arse because no-one can say categorically you won't get refused but statistically you would be truely unlucky to get refused. This advice i'd give on someone who actually had been formally processed, you haven't, go for it.
Andy.