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341. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1533 posts) 16 Oct '12 14:42

If US CBP stops you and starts asking questions I'd suggest you throw yourself at their mercy and answer everything honestly. They have a fair amount of discretion - especially if it's only one offence - so you could either be allowed in or find yourself in a detention cell awaiting deportation.

As stated ad nauseam there is no way to accurately predict what will happen.

Cheers,
Terry

342. Posted by Lionfriend (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 16 Oct '12 16:04

It does not matter because you do not apply for immigrant visa. Your UK passport allows you to travel to the USA. Have a good trip!

343. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1533 posts) 16 Oct '12 16:11

Lionfriend, there are hundreds of inaccurate and misleading posts on this thread, but you're Top 10.

Congrats.

Cheers,
Terry

344. Posted by muppet07 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 17 Oct '12 10:00

thanks Terry , to quote an earlier post im just gonna have to "roll the dice " , im just worried about the whole thing , dont want the kids to get upset , but fingers crossed !!!!!!!

heres hoping

thanks for the advice

wish i looked into my visa application sooner !!!!!!!:(

345. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1533 posts) 17 Oct '12 10:27

US Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security and the myriad of other security agencies involved make entering the US a complete pain in the ass. If everyone actually followed the regulations to the letter and made full and complete disclosures about everything that ever happened in the lives the Americans would be facing even greater mountains of paperwork or turning back airplane loads of people.

Relax, go with the flow...

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

346. Posted by muppet07 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 17 Oct '12 13:25

thanks again Terry

cheers

347. Posted by Odesk1211 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 17 Oct '12 14:30

Thanks for sharing a nice information in this topic it really helps me a lot in my next trip thanksīŠ

348. Posted by zarik (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 18 Oct '12 10:02

ok

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Oct-2012, at 10:03 by zarik ]

349. Posted by RandomGuy (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 24 Oct '12 08:59

I have had 2 incidents with the police:

1. Reprimand, possession of class B (cannabis), 2002 (17 years old)
2. Fixed penalty notice, non-conviction, "use disorderly behaviour or threatening/abusive/insulting words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress", 2005 (20 years old, arrested for swearing in public!)

Both of these show up in full on recent ACPO Subject Access Request.

I would like to go to USA in next few years. Have nothing booked yet. My problem is that I would like to keep the possibility of working/living in the US in the future open. If I lie on Visa Waiver now then that isn't going to happen. I was wondering if anybody could offer advice on the likelihood of me being granted a VISA? And any advice on increasing the likelihood of being granted one? My arrests are petty and a while ago, but the possession of Class B doesn't look good. Any feedback appreciated. Cheers!

350. Posted by disneyprincess1 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 24 Oct '12 15:56

Hi Terry,
I would just like to say i think you are doing wonders on this forum. You have put my mind at ease. I shall be rolling the dice in December myself for a family holiday. I so hope we will get in as i have spent thousands.

I would like to hear from all the other people travelling before december, how they got on at customs.

Mine was a recent conviction for drink driving, resulting in a driving ban. I am British.

I was even considering going back to my birth name on my passport due to never having committed an offense in that name. But i do not know what info passport holds. i.e will it hold info of my name now if i changed it back.
:):):):):):):)

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