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321. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1497 posts) 23 Sep '12 21:40

Good luck, Elsie.

All the best to you.

Cheers,
Terry

322. Posted by john321 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 24 Sep '12 02:10

Hi. Does anybody know what the chip on a British Passport contains?

323. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1497 posts) 24 Sep '12 06:57

Google is your friend.

Cheers,
Terry

324. Posted by john321 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 24 Sep '12 08:17

There is a lot of conflicting information on Google, Terry, hence my forum post. Your sarcasm is unnecessary and perhaps you should reconsider posting if you are unwilling to help.

Is anyone able to answer my query?

Many thanks in advance
John

325. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3526 posts) 24 Sep '12 09:35

Quoting john321

Is anyone able to answer my query?
Many thanks in advance
John

The RFID chip has the same info as the photo page of your passport. It took me 2 minutes on ask.com to find it.

326. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1497 posts) 24 Sep '12 10:05

John @ #309, climb down off your high horse and simply read the link I gave you.

It's the UK Government's own digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services, bringing them all together in one place. It explains exactly what's on the biometric chip. It's accurate information direct from the source.

You're welcome and apology accepted.

Cheers,
Terry

327. Posted by john321 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 25 Sep '12 02:39

Many thanks Terry and VegasMike.

I really appreciate your help

John

328. Posted by bimbango50 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 25 Sep '12 08:13

Hi all
I have waded through all 32 pages of this thread and a lot of it has been very helpful. Apologies (particularly to Terry) if I have missed more on this, but I just wanted to see if anyone had any further experiences of a visa interview with the US embassay off the back of having a caution for Class A possesion (I was cautioned three years ago for possesion of a tiny amount of cocaine at a festival).
I know I have the option of just answering 'no' to the ESTA questions and have a high liklihood of gaining entry to the US when I go, but my issue with this is that I'd like to live and work in the US at some point in the future and so if I gain entry to the country fraudulently this will ruin any chances of that.
I'd be quite happy to apply for a visa at the embassy if I knew it would be accepted (despite the hassle), but if there is a high liklihood of it being rejected (and thus compromising me going to the US in the future) then I'd rather just take my chances with the ESTA.
I know every case is different and nobody can give a definitive answer either way but it woiudl be interesting to hear other people's experiences.
Thanks

329. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1497 posts) 25 Sep '12 09:29

1.) Thanks, John.

2.) bimbango50, first of all congrats for wading through this mess of a thread without your brain turning to mush. Secondly, sorry about your situation but as you must know in your heart there is no definitive answer. A personal anecdote or two is meaningless. It's a crap situation no matter how you look at it. Good luck to you with however you decide to handle it.

Cheers,
Terry

330. Posted by Sally19 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 5 Oct '12 04:39

Hi please will someone help me?
I'm going to Mexico in April but when I was 15 I got a caution for shoplifting(I got in with the wrong crowd and did something stupid) the police sent me home and then later arranged an interview at the police station I recieved a caution and was told it would be cleared off my record when I reached 18, I'm 19 now and was just wondering if this would stop me going to Mexico or if I'd have to get a visa? Since my caution I've been in no trouble with the police.
Thanks

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