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301. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

All the information you require as to how to pursue this has been stated many times throughout this thread.

There's legal hoops to jump through... start jumping...

Good luck.


302. Posted by Tazz229 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Ok I'll keep this simple and quick.

In 1998 I got a 6 month sentence for possession of cannabis and a 6 month sentence for actual supply to run consecutively. I served 4 month inside.

I've never been in trouble since!

What's my chances of going to the US?

303. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Read Reply #269.


304. Posted by ijs64 (Inactive 1 posts) 4y

Hi guys i have an Esta then stupidly ended up in court and pleaded guilty to a very minor i was given a 12month conitional discharge and didnt even pay a fine just £80 court costs !! Does that change my position regaeding the Esta ? I plan to travel to New York in november with my wife !! Many Thanks for your help Ian

305. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Ian, have you read through this thread, especially the last several pages?


306. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Does anyone have any success stories that they can share? I'm sure it will put many people's minds at rest who have wrote in this forum.


307. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

My company has brought hundred and hundreds of Brits into the US and Canada on Work Permits which are scrutinized much closer than entering as a Tourist and many of those entering had criminal records. So everything I have posted is based on direct experience. Honestly, at this point you're beating a dead horse. You've been given the facts and options concerning this matter. It's not complicated.


308. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

What would you do then, Terry?

309. Posted by Elsie-jayla (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Hi, my situation is ongoing and having read through all the threads, thought I'd share mine!

My husband (British citizen) successfully obtained a 10year visa in feb 2001 having declared his convictions that are considered moral turpitude in order to travel to the US. Since then he has travelled to America 6 times. Last year the visa expired but we have planned visit to Florida in 6 weeks time to take our little boy and my parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary! The 3 of us completed the Esta application but as my husband already had the visa previously he had to re-apply to renew it.
The appointment was rescheduled twice by the embassy but he finally got his appointment on Wednesday this week, where he waited for 3 hours to be called to his meeting of 10 mins where they outright denied his application. The interviewer advised that due to the convictions being nearly 20 years ago they could submit the application for a waiver and this has a lead time of 22 weeks!! Unfortunately we had already booked our flights as we didnt expect there to be an issue.
It seems the embassy have a very black & White procedure to follow and it's down to homeland security to filter on a case by case basis - or at least I'm hoping that's the case!
We are told that if the waiver is rejected, then there is still the option to appeal! The original visa was granted 7 months prior to 9/11 and totally understand the country needs to protect itself but how is it possible that someone can be allowed access for 10 years to then be told no after all this time?

I'm assuming that even if it's rejected you could still apply in 'x' years to come or is it so that if you're denied, you're never getting in??

310. Posted by Elsie-jayla (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

So sorry didnt mean to write quite such a long comment!!

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