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291. Posted by Steve1120 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 3 Sep '12 08:52

Hi All,

Advice please asap guys! I have been to the embassy some months ago who, under section 221(g) advised me my case needed "Administrative Processing" and I was given a handout at the interview. The lady who interviewed me said I stood a good chance on the basis my offence was in 1999 and I've not been in any trouble since. The problem is, prior to me visit to the embassy I had already booked a trip to NY. I then found out about the potential Vias issue and alas went through the process. The administrive processing I mention above takes at least 90 days but could take upto 6 months!

My question is now that the embassy have all my details am I more likely to be stopped at customs/boarder control. I dare say my case, given the sheer volume may not have even been opened.

Has anyone had a similar experinece? My trip is booked late September..

Thanks

292. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1545 posts) 3 Sep '12 09:37

Steve, when posting questions like this stating your nationality, what Passport you hold and which country you're travelling from is the very basic information required for anyone to venture an opinion.

That said, even assuming you're from the UK it's still impossible for anyone to give you any kind of reassurance because no can can guess what's happening with your paperwork at the Embassy.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

293. Posted by lukeshea19 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 4 Sep '12 02:34

Hi,
I do apologise for posting on this once again as I have been reading for hours but I just can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

I'm 21 and I have a criminal record for GBH without intent which happened in 2009 but I don;t think I was charge until 2010/11. I have done a lot of research and gone back and forth and it seems to be so much more confusing than it needs to be, both on bloggs and the embassy site. I have a Wavier Visa by answering NO to the question about drugs and mortal turpitude. I'm taking my girlfriend to Las Vegas for her 21st and like an idiot I didn't think about my criminal record when I paid the big chunk of a non-refundable deposit off. I am due to fly in November and don't really have the time or the money to apply for the full Visa that I should really have to travel. I know people have said just to say no and I should get through but it just seems a little to easy to get into the most under-threat country in the world.

Any specific personal advice would be brilliant and I would really appreciate it. My girlfriend doesn't want to travel thinking the whole flight that I may not get in after spending a huge amount of money on the holiday.

Can anybody help ????????

Thanks,
Lucas

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2012, at 02:37 by lukeshea19 ]

294. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1545 posts) 4 Sep '12 09:34

Lucas, in your own words you don't have the time or the money to apply for a Visa, so what kind of help are you expecting?

There are no magical answers here. You have one option and one option only: Roll the dice.

What other possible answer could there be?

Cheers,
Terry

295. Posted by lukeshea19 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 4 Sep '12 23:33

Yes Terry this is very true. I was thinking about applying for 1 with some luck of getting it quicker but I doubt that this is possible.

Thanks for the help.

Lucas

296. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member, 8 posts) 6 Sep '12 08:42

Is a brief warning for an offence even worth worrying about?

Or is it generally if you have been charged with an offence when you need to worry?

I'm so confused by everyones comments!

Terry, what is your opinion?

Thanks,

Louise

297. Posted by muppet07 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 6 Sep '12 10:30

steve,

i would be really interested to find out how you get on , could you post on here when you get back ??

thanks

tony

298. Posted by muppet07 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 6 Sep '12 10:38

Sorry , i should have said , i too have a similar problem to Steve , i paid the MRV fee and sent a data form and police cert and then..............i found out about the wait !!!!!! so i think im going to try and travel on a esta in the hope that they don't have my details , i didn't book the interview and i did read somewhere that the info would be deleted after 30 days ?????
ive no idea how true this is or what will happen when i get there but i have no choice as the holiday is booked for early November , booked and paid for , just wish i had used these forums beforehand !!!!!!!!!!

if anyone has any advice or similar experiences a bit of piece of mind would great , although i know that in the end the choice to go and take the risk will be mine !!!!

299. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1545 posts) 6 Sep '12 11:36

Louise @ #282... Your question(s) have been answered multiple times now. Re-asking yet again will not change anything.

Cheers,
Terry

300. Posted by Preston38 (, 0 posts) 7 Sep '12 06:38

Ok so here's the thing...

10 years ago aged 20 I was still very immature but always been good and honest, knowing right from wrong and treated people with respect. Sadly I made the worst error of my life and slept with a girl aged only 14. I hate myself for it and everyday from that day till the day I die I will punish myself. There was no malice or anything, we were friends and it went too far. The police got involved, I was arrested and I fully co-operated, I never got charged but received a caution and had to spend 5 years on the SOR.

I have never been in trouble since and have rebuilt my life, have a mortgage and a fiancé that is fully aware of my past. She really really wants to do Disney land florida but I don't think I will ever be able to travel to america, was hoping for people's advise and hopefully people will understand mistakes can be made and lessons learnt and people won't judge me.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Sep-2012, at 06:39 by Preston38 ]

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