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381. Posted by newleaf (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jan '13 05:57

No

382. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 12 Jan '13 10:50

If US CBP is somehow made aware of the dope arrests then yes, you will absolutely be denied entry.

If you've read this thread though you will find many opinions that agree the US/UK databases are not shared, therefore it's a non-issue.

Nothing is guaranteed though...

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

383. Posted by Darwinian003 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jan '13 13:03

To hm1089... You'll be fine. My cousin and i went to the states 3 months ago both with similar circumstances, one of which was worse. We are from australia and none of our databases are shared. Just say no on the ESTA form and you will be sweet. They didnt even want to check my bag because i had declared food coming in. They are looking for serious law breakers based on my experience. Just go and have a good time and make sure you come back when your ticket says to should.

384. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 12 Jan '13 13:39

"... They are looking for serious law breakers..."

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Absolutely not true.

US CBP has deported or denied entrance to LOTS of people with minor infractions and/or convictions that are decades old. The only reason it's not an issue for most foreigners (not all, like Canadians) is because "normal" databases aren't (yet) generally shared.

Cheers,
Terry

385. Posted by hellothere66 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jan '13 17:11

Hey everyone :) i have read through all of this all looks good but i have a slightly worse background i am 23 my last charge was 2 years ago by the time i go to america 3 ,

i have had alot 16 in fact all are for petty things stupid things theft, housebreaking (which i didnt do ) only addmitted so i didnt have to stay in a cell, assualts x2, breach of peace stuff like that - i was never ever put to prison or anything although i was given community service, a fine and
was tagged for a couple months but i was remanded though for 2 weeks

but anyway i want to go to america and was thinking what are my chances if i just go through esta and apply for waiver and say '' no'' to convictions police in uk have my dna and fingerprints

p.s i do regret all of these

i would apply for a visa but dont want to risk getting rejected and knowing i should have just took my chance of ticking no lol

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2013, at 17:18 by hellothere66 ]

386. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 12 Jan '13 20:01

Your situation has been addressed dozens of times throughout this thread. There is no easy black and white answer.

Live with it.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

387. Posted by teddyboy (Budding Member, 5 posts) 12 Jan '13 23:54

Qoute
US CBP has deported or denied entrance to LOTS of people with minor infractions and/or convictions that are decades old. The only reason it's not an issue for most foreigners (not all, like Canadians) is because "normal" databases aren't (yet) generally shared.
If this is the case and people have been denied or deported for minor infractions convictions surely that mean they must have have prior knowledge of convictions etc otherwise why so many being deported refused entry

388. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 13 Jan '13 00:14

"... surely that mean they must have have prior knowledge of convictions etc otherwise why so many being deported refused entry..."

Obviously, yes.

As stated it's an issue that mostly affects Canadians.

Cheers,
Terry

389. Posted by teddyboy (Budding Member, 5 posts) 13 Jan '13 00:59

[quote=CheersT]"... surely that mean they must have have prior knowledge of convictions etc otherwise why so many being deported refused entry..."

Obviously, yes.

As stated it's an issue that mostly affects Canadians.

Cheers,
Thanks Terry very confusing as lots of people have gained access to the USA by not declaring convictions on their ESTA and after reading other posts .it is believed that the UK dont share criminal records with the USA
However you hear a few stories about people being deperted/refused entry to the USA for not declaring convictions and if that is the case then surely the USA do know about the uks criminal convictions

390. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 13 Jan '13 14:30

Agree, there are differing opinions. I've stated mine ad nauseam throughout this thread, others disagree.

Nothing is guaranteed.

Cheers,
Terry

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