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401. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member 29 posts) 4y

@ Hobbit87

With 5 convictions, even though committed under the age of 18 you may be inadmissible on the VWP, you may have to apply for a visa. However, here is a link to fairly comprehensive document and as you know your situation better than I do you may find the answer here:


402. Posted by n1kki71 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

I have read all the posts, I am planning a visit to Jacksonville via Orlando next August with my son. I have a caution for harrassment (neighbour was 'bullying' my daughter and I gave him a bit of his own medicine!!) which is now over 5 years old. There is a lot of conflicting information on all the websites I have visited and I am more confused than ever. As a caution is not a conviction will I be ok completing the ESTA form? Has anyone who has a caution travelled to the USA and completed the ESTA form, were they ok?? Is it only the ESTA form you need to complete or do I need to compelte the Visa Waiver too or is this what the ESTA is?? Any advice would be welcomed. Thanks :)

403. Posted by Alicart (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

I'm planning a trip in August. My problem is that I have already had a visa, now expired. This was issued before all this nonsense about interviews etc... don't really want to go through all that as I live 6 hours away from London and its an added expense with travel, time off work and accommodation etc. I would like to know this; if I have already had a visa will I be red-flagged if I answer No on the ESTA. I stole from my employer 27 years ago and was fined £75 after appearing in a magistrates court. I was issued a visa in 2001 with no problem after declaring this. However lots of people on here are saying that for similar offences they are being declined. Any advice would be gratefully received.

404. Posted by Lctham (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

Quoting Mjonas2013

Hi, my situation is slightly different. Hope you can provide me with some advice. I have a conviction for shoplifting when I was 19, I didn't receive any fines only a conviction against my name. It has been over 10 years now and my conviction is now spent. However, a few years ago I travelled to Japan twice and declared my conviction on the immigration form. Both times they let me into the country.

Do you think I can still get away with ticking no on the USA form. I don't want to apply for a visa, I would rather change my travel plans and not go to the states at all. By the way I'm Australian.

Appreciate any advice you can offer.:)

Did the japanese arrival card asked about criminal convictions?
And did you have to be pulled aside to be asked questions re. your records?
Thank you.

405. Posted by shaveme (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

hi all.
i have a problem. i was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude when i was 20 ( now im 45 ). no other crimes commited since. i have a feeling that my company will soon send me to the us, and i would like to know your opinions. i am british, but live and work in germany. im pulling my hair out over this. helppppppp

406. Posted by shaveme (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

oh yeah, i did time (4 years sentence, let out after 2 1/2 on parole) it was that long ago i have forgotten the details

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

Your situation has been addressed many times throughout this thread.

To avoid any embarrassment with your company I'd suggest jumping through the bureaucratic hoops and submit an I-192 form:

Since you only have the one conviction and it was so long ago it should be rubber stamped.

Good luck.


408. Posted by esmerelda z (Inactive 2 posts) 4y

Ive been hearing rumours from other forums that uk have now agreed to sharing criminal records with usa. Does anyone know if this is true. Also if a criminal was received 25 years ago but in a different surname, can US immigration still link you to that crime. Thanks in advance

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

Please provide a link to the rumour. Personally I have not heard anything about this and I follow this situation more closely than most people.

Your second question is impossible for anyone to answer accurately.


410. Posted by esmerelda z (Inactive 2 posts) 4y

I'm really sorry, but I cant find the forum it was on. But if you haven't heard that this is true, then I'm sure then that this is the case. May I just confirm then as far as you are aware, UK and USA do not share criminal records other than those on the wanted list, and that finger prints won't flag up for those other than the most wanted.

Thanks again in advance

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