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371. Posted by Jamboree (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Hi Terry

I believe it's worth taking the risk in my situation. Travelling to the US on business in March this year. Some stupid things when younger but nothing too serious. What do you think?

When 17 got arrested for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and got reprimand (now 29), sure this is not at risk from previous advice.

At 19 got convicted of drink driving and banned for 9 months

21 - caution for theft from employer and 'street caution' for possession of cannabis

Then 9 points on licence for speeding since - 6 have expired

Therefore my only actual criminal conviction would be drink driving. Would really appreciate your advice. Is this the sort of thing the US authorities may know about?

Thanks a lot

372. Posted by Jamboree (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

UK citizen by the way

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

The US couldn't care less about a drunk driving conviction - it's not a crime of moral turpitude therefore it's not bases for denial of entry.

Canada is the exact opposite.


PS It's too bad this sprawling 358 reply thread couldn't be edited down to the 20 or 30 replies that contain accurate information...

374. Posted by Craig41210 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Hi all,

This has probably already been covered, but here it goes anyway:
I'm hoping to visit new York next December with my girlfriend (both UK nationals). However, she has 2 theft convictions from 2010 (one small fine, one community service). She was also arrested but found not guilty of a 3rd offence. (she was in early stages of pregnancy at the time & made some big mistakes)

However, is it more likely to be an issue as there is more than 1 offence? Or would we still more than likely be ok getting through? I was looking at using Dublin as a port of entry.

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

Your situation has been covered many, many times throughout this thread.


376. Posted by mammyovtwins (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Hi i am wanting advise as i want to take my family to florida. I have concerns though and cant seem to find my situation posted. My boyfriend was arrested last year for assaulting a police officer which i think is more major than other posts i have seen so if anyone can give me any adice i would be very great full

i have no intensions of getting a visa i would perfer not to get one and risk it at the airpost than give them that money to get a visa when i know he would get one.

What i really want to know is has someone been refused entry of something of the same kind or not as major.

Should i go and risk it and have the holiday of a life time or just stay at home and dwel on it?

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

As has been mentioned many times no one can offer any advice when you give no clue as to your nationality or as to the specifics of the situation - you say he was arrested but give zero details regarding a conviction or whether a conviction even happened.

Bottom line, if you're from the UK your general situation has already been covered many times throughout this thread.


378. Posted by lotsohuggin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

hi, im wondering if anyone can help, hyperthetically if someone had served a prison sentence under a different date of birth and name than those that are on their passport would the finger print scanning pick up that they had a conviction, uk citizen. thanks

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

1.) Your post assumes that UK criminal databases are connected with US Customs & Border Protection. Read this thread for other opinions.

2.) No one can accurately answer the hypothetical Name/DOB mix-up question. That's a data entry query that not even a UK official could be sure about.


380. Posted by hm1089 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Hi this question has probably already been asked on here several times but have looked through around 30 pages now and haven't found an answer!
I am from the UK and i got caught with marijuana 3 years ago and got a caution. i was caught again around 2 years ago and they fined me £60. Will this prevent access for me to the United States? Thanks

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