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1631. Posted by Garlo61 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Just thought I would add my story as I've read all the posts and opted for the embassy route.

Conviction for possession of controlled substance, although I've actually never taken drugs (story in itself that). 20 years ago btw.

1st February applied for my ACRO
16th February filled in the forms DC-160
23rd February made an appointment - scheduled for 13th April
13th April arrived at the embassy for 0715 - I was about 10th in the queue, I was let in at 0745 and by this time the queue was massive - get there early

Happens exactly as Dave says - my only issue was I didn't have a 'I'm rehabilitated' story as I got caught in possession the very first time I purchased. The guy just wasn't having it... we chatted for a while and I put my case over an over. In the end he told me I was inadmissible to the US - he would however recommend me for the waiver- phew!
I left the embassy at 0915... pays to get there early.

Just got to wait now - holiday booked for October so may just make it (providing homeland believe me).
I'd been honest all the way through as I believe it's the best policy - but is it? I've been questioning myself all night!!!

1632. Posted by Davethebrave (Budding Member 7 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I can't imagine that you won't be given a visa. My offence was possession with intent, which is worse, and was 5 years sooner than yours - obviously you won't know until you hear back but I'd be very surprised if you didn't get it.

Best of luck though and keep us posted!

1633. Posted by Mike1990 (Budding Member 15 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone.

Just a quick question. I've recently received a 5 year visa. This was the 2nd visa I've acquired as the first one only lasted 1 year. The process seemed a lot quicker for the 2nd visa. Only took 4 months to get approved as aposed to the 1st visa which took around 7 months.

Anyway. Me and my fiancée are wanting to get married in Vegas next year. We're both british citizens so it's not to gain a green card or anything like that. Would the interviewer on immigration look at this and question my entry into the US? Just don't want to book the wedding and all the excursions and then get denied at entry.

Thanks in advance, Mike.

1634. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Sorry Mike, your question is confusing.

You have a 5 year Visa in hand right now. Your chances of being allowed into the US are excellent, but no, it's never guaranteed. The US CBP official could deny you for any reason irregardless of having the Visa.

Is that what you're asking?

Cheers,
Terry

1635. Posted by CH26 (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Good morning to everyone,
Just a quick update on my application for entry in the United States of America. I was granted my WVP after my application was pending for all of 15 minutes. If you have been arrested, but not cautioned I wouldn't worry unless it was something serious.
Can't wait to be on the plane in October :P

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Apr-2017, at 16:11 by CH26 ]

1636. Posted by Mike1990 (Budding Member 15 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Sorry for the confusion Terry and thanks for your reply.

I visited America last year with my 1 year visa and had to wait at immigration for around 3 hours for an interview before being let in. They asked me what my intentions were in the US and what I was planning on doing.

My question is.. if, when I arrive in America and they question me again, I tell them that I'm there to get married. Are they then less likely to let me in rather than if I just told them I'm there for a holiday?

1637. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Mike1990

My question is.. if, when I arrive in America and they question me again, I tell them that I'm there to get married. Are they then less likely to let me in rather than if I just told them I'm there for a holiday?

Impossible to guess. It sounds like there's already something that's sending up a red flag of sorts, otherwise you wouldn't have been held up for so long last time.

In any case you have no options here. You must be honest and your fiance will be right with you. I think having all your wedding plans and return flights pre-paid with that documentation in hand would help considerably.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

1638. Posted by Fitzy4205 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

So I've been reading this thread from page 1 to the current page for some time now. I'd just like to add some feed back of a story I know.
A friend of mine was given a 2.5yr prison sentence for selling drugs. He and his mates have just got back from Vegas.
This of course promted another friend of mine to go to new York. He was given 2.5yr prison sentence for abh and gbh. He had a lovley week in new york. He was also ssss at Manchester airport. Advanced security screening and still was ok at new York immigration.
Roll the dice

1639. Posted by GavinL (Budding Member 4 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Ok new here having read the last 8 years worth of threads, I'm from the UK, I have a conviction of assault by battery on my record I received 80 hours community service and a suspended sentence, I applied for an esta ticked no as I was under the impression it wasn't a crime of moral turpitude which I still believe, my question is am I likely to encounter any problems up in arrival? My partner 2 kids and I travel beginning of June
Regards

1640. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 11 posts) 15w 1 Star this if you like it!

No you will be fine!