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361. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1569 posts) 18 Dec '12 14:25

Sorry Suresh, but you have at least a 5 year wait before being allowed into the US, and even then it's not a sure thing especially on a Work Visa.

Forget about the US for now.

Cheers,
Terry

362. Posted by Steve1120 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 19 Dec '12 02:11

Hi All,

I have a success story so was keen to share with you all. I posted sometime ago (#220).

I have this week received an email from the embassy saying they are issuing a Visa and to send my Passport via DX. I actually postponed my September trip to April next year before knowing so it just goes to show honesty is the best policy.

Cheers,
Steve

363. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 19 Dec '12 05:41

Hi Terry,

Many thanks for your kind advice

Can I go on waiver visa ticking "no" to the questions?
I bet they will find out as soon as I land

Many thanks again,

Suresh

364. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 19 Dec '12 05:49

Sorry me again,

Stupid me the reason I wanted to visit is to see my uncle who met with a serious accident back in august and he is recovering now, my aunt is passed away in the accident, would this make any difference if I re- apply with evidence?

Many thanks

Suresh

365. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 19 Dec '12 05:55

Hi Steve1120 ,

I just wanted to ask you, did you have to pay fine or community service.
Any suspended sentence? were you convicted?

Many thanks,
suresh

366. Posted by bimbango50 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 19 Dec '12 06:04

Hi Steve
That's good to hear, thanks for your update and have a good trip.

367. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1569 posts) 19 Dec '12 15:19

1.) Steve: So happy to hear your Visa came though and that everything is fine now. Remember though, your situation was very straightforward... a couple of convictions as a teenager 13 years ago with no subsequent offences since pretty much put your application in the "rubber stamp" pile - that's a completely different situation than most of the other posters here.

2.) Suresh: The Embassy already has your record in hand. Trying to sneak into the US by lying now could, in my opinion, result with you being deported and thus losing any chance to enter the US again. And no, a family accident means nothing towards assisting your application - not when your conviction is so new and recent.

Cheers,
Terry

368. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 20 Dec '12 09:04

Thanks a million again for the valuable advice, I will forget US for now.
All the best Steve, have a great trip

thanks,
suresh

369. Posted by newleaf (Budding Member, 2 posts) 3 Jan '13 07:08

I'll keep it short and sweet.

Charged with assault in October 2010.
Was 19 at the time.
No other offences, before or since.
Did 200 hours community service and had a 3 month sentence suspended for 12 months.

I want to visit the US later this year. I have been twice before (before the conviction). Should I get in touch with the embassy now or is this one that could slide under the radar if I ticked no on the visa form on the plane?

Thanks.

370. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1569 posts) 3 Jan '13 09:54

No clue what your nationality is, but if you're from the UK your situation has been addressed many, many times throughout this thread.

Short answer: You'll likely be fine, but no guarantees.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

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