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261. Posted by creedance (Budding Member, 8 posts) 3 Jul '12 01:54

@UKNZtraveller. That's really good news, be sure to let us know how you get on in August.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jul-2012, at 01:57 by creedance ]

262. Posted by usa.traveller (Inactive, 4 posts) 3 Jul '12 03:09

The UK will never share their criminal records with any country due to the data protection act....

263. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member, 28 posts) 5 Jul '12 02:08

Perhaps the only real answer is for the US border control to accept that people who were not convicted are in fact innocent and adjust the ESTA rules accordingly. Innocent until proven guilty, and never anything else.

264. Posted by creedance (Budding Member, 8 posts) 5 Jul '12 02:12

hey Tightrope pigs will fly. You're talking about the usa, did you forget they make the rules?

265. Posted by sticklerhomes (Budding Member, 7 posts) 8 Jul '12 15:41

If you are looking for an answer:

I was convicted in 2006 of moral turpitude - I stole $126,000 from my employer and was sentenced to 300 hours of periodic detention and 1 year probation supervision. My brother was convicted of possession and selling of a class b drug in 2006 also and was sentenced to 250 periodic detention and 1 year probation. We just went to america landing in San Francisco first. We both said no on the ESTA to any criminal convictions. When we went up to customs for our finger printing and photograph the customs officer was asking us questions about the government and what we do for a living, what brought us to America and what we plan on doing here. We both stayed calm, I started to feel a bit nervous and could feel myself start sweating, my brother asked what the finger printing was for (he was brave) the customs officer said it was purely to know who has entered America and for immigration databases as people from 911 were traveling all over America before they attacked and they believe if they were in some system they could have been followed and questioned as to why they were travel long all around the country for so long. Then he wished us happy travels and let us go. We went on to las Vegas, new York, L.A and Hawaii.

Hope this helps.

266. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3527 posts) 8 Jul '12 17:28

Thanks for posting this and being honest with your convictions. I do suggest you refrain from using your real name!

Now Cheers Terry can say: READ POST #254!!. Perhaps we will not get many more UK citizens wondering if their arrest and or conviction will keep them from visiting the US on ESTA.

267. Posted by Smiler23 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 15 Jul '12 12:08

Hi my boyfriend was convicted of abh about 4 years ago and went to prison for around 9 months. Does anyone know if it will be a struggle to get into America with this sort of conviction as we're planning to go to new York sometime next year for a few weeks.. If anyone can help me out with this I would really appreciate it as haven't managed to find much info about it while searching through the net. Thankyou! :) Xx

268. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 15 Jul '12 12:53

"... haven't managed to find much info about it while searching through the net..."

Start by reading this thread.

Cheers,
Terry

269. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3527 posts) 15 Jul '12 17:28

Cheers Terry,
I guess I was being a bit optimistic with our UK members. Well, I will stand in for you, just this once! READ POST 254!!.

270. Posted by act1980 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 19 Jul '12 10:20

Hi everyone,

About 4 years ago my Mum was arrested for drink driving. We are looking to travel to Florida next year but I am concerned that she will be denied entry on the ESTA.

I know that some of you who have criminal records have just taken your chances and not had any problems, I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks for your help!

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