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311. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1883 posts) 2y

Stupid attitude by the US in this case--but typical.

Terry's the expert on here though, not me--so let's see what he has to say.

312. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1666 posts) 2y

1.) "... What would you do then, Terry?..." I would follow the advice that has been given to you lou_harris, and stop beating this dead horse.

2.) You said it Calcruzer, incredibly stupid attitude by the US but it is what it is... no way to change it. It's a ridiculous situation by any measure. Welcome to the insanity that is the US Customs & Border Protection, Homeland Security, etc...

Cheers,
Terry

313. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Quoting Elsie-jayla

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??

Out of interest, what was he convicted of? Roughly!

314. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1666 posts) 2y

Once again Lou you're fixating on completely irrelevant personal details that have nothing whatsoever to do with the discussion.

The details of his convictions are utterly meaningless and none of your business - all that's important is that they're considered crimes of moral turpitude by the US. Period.

Cheers,
Terry

315. Posted by sandyv115 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi all, This is a great forum, I’ve just recently discovered you can ask for help here..

I am looking to travel to the USA in Feb13 for around 4 days for a wedding, only problem is I have a criminal record of no fault of mine, unfortunately I was sentenced to 18 months in prison, spend 4 months in prison and 4 months on Home Detention Curfew, this all happened in Nov 09. My question are:

1) Should I declare my criminal conviction

2) What are the chances I will get refused entry if I was to apply

3) What is the best place to start my research and does anyone know the link to apply online.

Many thanks in advance. Sandy

316. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1666 posts) 2y

Read this thread, especially the last several pages. Your questions have been answered many times.

Cheers,
Terry

317. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Terry, not only are people writing on the forum to get some information about the subject, they are also looking for a little reassurance and perhaps a second opinion on their personal circumstances.

Your flippant attitude is neither helpful or reassuring.

318. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1666 posts) 2y

I'm not flippant in the slightest, Lou. This thread is up to 300+ posts now because of people like you who refuse to accept the simple truth and continue to seek some "special" (nonexistent) inside knowledge about situations that are not complicated.

Honestly, get over it.

Cheers,
Terry

319. Posted by Elsie-jayla (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

In response to Lou-Harris, my husbands convictions were dangerous driving (ie. Speeding) and affray (ie. A brawl) 18 years ago. Albeit serious offenses however nothing like murder, rape or armed robbery which to me would suggest crimes that would bring someones character into question in terms of being a threat to national security.
My issue (although I have no power to change it) is that 10 years ago he was accepted and this far down the line with no further brushes with the law, having married with children and worked to a director position, how much more of an example of a reformed character can you get??
This brings me back to my previous comment where moral turpitude is a black & White box to be ticked, like terry says previously.
We have 4 weeks till our holiday, so hoping an acceptance comes through else It's pin the tail on the world map!!
Has anyone heard of the visa waivers coming coming through before 6 months, out of interest?

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