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191. Posted by mojoojom (Inactive 3 posts) 2y

Hi, I've read this whole thread and have a different question. If a person has ticked no on the waiver and been approved but prior to that phone the us embassy's information line and give passport number, name, address etc. but did NOT go ahead and make an appointment, would this show up in US airports? Thanks

192. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3540 posts) 2y

183 posts on this topic and we finally get a new question! I wish I knew the answer, but I would guess US IMM. at the airports does not know about your phone call. If you had met with the US Embassy staff, then of course all information about you would be available to US Imm. A phone call should not trigger information sharing IMO.

Your ESTA waiver has been approved and you should be allowed in. But, as you have read in other posts, it is up to the discretion of the IMM official that handles your arrival. Good luck.

193. Posted by mojoojom (Inactive 3 posts) 2y

Thanks for replying. I think the same, so we shall be going for it. Will let you know what happens! Watch this space!

194. Posted by Joanne1989 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

why do the us fingerprint? how do they know if you have a criminal record? hours of reading and still no wiser. so far i have found
1) i could still be sent back if i put no
2) apparently us and uk do not share information
3) i could face jail if i lie

i am getting married this sept in florida and am not sure what to do

bit of help pls

195. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1644 posts) 2y

Joanne, you're giving no info whatsoever to help anyone forward an informed opinion.

Just read the entire thread and make up your own mind. Otherwise, contact a lawyer.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

196. Posted by dacar007 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Quoting Joanne1989

why do the us fingerprint? how do they know if you have a criminal record? hours of reading and still no wiser. so far i have found
1) i could still be sent back if i put no
2) apparently us and uk do not share information
3) i could face jail if i lie

i am getting married this sept in florida and am not sure what to do

bit of help pls

Joanne,

if you have been arrested, fingerprint scanned and convicted and you tick NO on your ESTA form, then most likely you will be turned away at the us border, questioned and sent back eventually. no doubt about it.

contrary to common belief, us and uk don't share any criminal record lists and nothing of that kind pops-up when your passport is scanned.
BUT, us and uk DO SHARE criminal conviction fingerprints through US-VISIT programme. NZ & Australie & Canada is also doing the same. There's loads of documentation around the internet to support. Just do a little research.

Those telling you "just tick NO and you'll be fine" don't know what they're talking about.
Anyone who's ticked NO on ESTA and got through eventually is extremely lucky. It's a 1 in 100 chance. If you decide doing that, it's the same as betting your last money in casino. You have a slim chance of winning, but you can definitely lose.

Trust me, I know it.

197. Posted by Joanne1989 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

Quoting CheersT

Joanne, you're giving no info whatsoever to help anyone forward an informed opinion.

Just read the entire thread and make up your own mind. Otherwise, contact a lawyer.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

Sorry,
It's a shoplifting reprimand from 2005 I was 16 fingerprinted however was incidentally told it wouldn't ever go against me after I was 18 I am now 23. It does show on a enhanced crb however.
I have read through this forum loads and I'm just unsure about the fingerprinting and esta
Thanks

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199. Posted by dacar007 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Quoting Joanne1989

Quoting CheersT

Joanne, you're giving no info whatsoever to help anyone forward an informed opinion.

Just read the entire thread and make up your own mind. Otherwise, contact a lawyer.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

Sorry,
It's a shoplifting reprimand from 2005 I was 16 fingerprinted however was incidentally told it wouldn't ever go against me after I was 18 I am now 23. It does show on a enhanced crb however.
I have read through this forum loads and I'm just unsure about the fingerprinting and esta
Thanks

Joanne,

don't worry about it if it happened when you were 16.

you'll be fine. your records will show "no trace"

200. Posted by scott120186 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Hi

I am probably asking a very similar question. Too whats has been previously but im confussed. When i was 19 in 2005 i was convicted of theft from employer and was sentenced to 80 hours comunity service. I paid back the £495.00 i stole on the spote and masivley regret it. Can i get in by risking the waiver or should i apply for a visa has anyone travelled with a similar conviction? what was the outcome?? I have noticed alot of people ask the questions but very few come back with the outcome so some feedback would be greatly appreciated all i want to do is take my son to disney.

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