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421. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1574 posts) 18 Mar '13 14:18

Dear dan2013 & ppdon,

Neither of your situations are unique and they've been addressed dozens and dozens of times throughout this thread.

Start reading at Reply #22.

Safe travels.

Cheers,
Terry

422. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member, 28 posts) 18 Mar '13 16:27

@Dan2013,

You say you were'nt arrested. Fill in the ESTA you'll likely find that you will be authorised to travel.

@ppdon,

Your situation isn't so black n white, having travelled three times using the ESTA but without, as you say, knowledge of the system due to leaving it to your partner to carry out the travel admin you might find yourself having to answer some awkward questions in the embassy, it's my guess, and only a guess that the officer won't take to lightly to you having travelled before with previous convictions not disclosed. However every situation is unique and they have also been know to appreciate honesty. Mind you there is some comfort in knowing that you have not been declined for travel before where your partner has used the ESTA on your behalf. Your convictions are almost certainly spent and this will be recognised in the UK, unfortunately the USA does not recognise the Rehabilition of Offenders Act 1974 so effectively to the US authorities once a criminal always a criminal. Mind you as I have said before, how on earth you can be compared to a fruit loop maniac on a sick mission to kill innocent Americans I'll never know.

423. Posted by thatgirlfi (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 19 Mar '13 08:26

Hey ive applied for a j1 visa and i am currently filling out the DS-160 form.

For this question...

"Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other similar action?"

Do i out yes or no under these circumstances?... i was issued a reprimand in 2004 i was 14 for disorderly behaviour (rumour of a haunted house, went to investigate whilst i was in school). I had to do a statement at my house however i was never arrested, sent to the police station or had finger prints taken. I have no idea what to put.. is a reprimand even classed as a conviction???

424. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1574 posts) 19 Mar '13 21:05

"... however i was never arrested..."

You just answered your own question.

Cheers,
Terry

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2013, at 21:05 by CheersT ]

425. Posted by jenght (Budding Member, 2 posts) 20 Mar '13 23:12

Hi , i was going threw this for hours this whole peoples stories and opinions. There were good answers, but I wanted ask and if i could get your opinion on my situation.

I have 3 DUI convictions, latest one were last year Apr. I have received my sentence last month doing community work of 150hrs which i am finishing this weekend. I have nothing else on my criminal record. ( one in 2002, 2005 and last year .DUI).

I have already done the ESTA 2weeks ago and got authorized.
I travelling next month to usa to visit my fiance for a month.

I am a Korean born currently living in NZ for last 23 years with NZ citizenship.

Your opinion would be so much appreciated.

Thank u

426. Posted by jenght (Budding Member, 2 posts) 21 Mar '13 00:25

Quoting 2ky

Hi , i was going threw this for hours, there were great opinions, but I wanted ask and if i could get your opinion on my situation.

I have 3 DUI convictions, latest one were last year Apr. I have received my sentence last month doing community work of 150hrs which i am finishing this weekend (was in Korea, for couple months) I have nothing else on my criminal record. (All DUI sentenced, one in 2002 : fines , 2005 community work and last year )

I have already done the ESTA 2weeks ago and received a authorization.
Iam travelling next month to usa to visit my fiance for a month and staying at her place.

I am a Korean born currently living in NZ for last 23 years with NZ citizenship (currently 31)

Your opinion would be so much appreciated.

Thank u

427. Posted by Blightyite (Budding Member, 2 posts) 21 Mar '13 05:02

Hi everyone.

First post on here and didn't want to start a new thread, but thought this was the best place to ask.

I've just booked flights to USA. The travel agent I used recommended they apply for my ESTA for a fee of £35. I was under the impression I could fill out a form at the airport. Can I do this or do I have to apply for the ESTA online or via the travel agent ?

Excuse my naivety on the subject but I'm 46 and have only ever been to Europe by boat and I've not left the UK since 1985 as I have really bad fear of flying.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

428. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 21 Mar '13 05:13

Quoting Blightyite

I've just booked flights to USA. The travel agent I used recommended they apply for my ESTA for a fee of £35. I was under the impression I could fill out a form at the airport. Can I do this or do Ihave to apply for the ESTA online or via the travel agent ?

You can apply for the ESTA yourself on the Customs & Border Protection website.

It looks like there are 2 small fees attached to this - a US$4 processing fee (payable by everyone), and a US$10 fee (payable by those who are authorized). So presuming your ESTA application is successful, doing it yourself would cost a total of US$14 (or approx. £10) - decide for yourself if you want to spend $14 or the £35 to the travel agent for the same thing. I know which way I would go!

429. Posted by Blightyite (Budding Member, 2 posts) 21 Mar '13 09:28

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Blightyite

I've just booked flights to USA. The travel agent I used recommended they apply for my ESTA for a fee of £35. I was under the impression I could fill out a form at the airport. Can I do this or do Ihave to apply for the ESTA online or via the travel agent ?

You can apply for the ESTA yourself on the Customs & Border Protection website.

It looks like there are 2 small fees attached to this - a US$4 processing fee (payable by everyone), and a US$10 fee (payable by those who are authorized). So presuming your ESTA application is successful, doing it yourself would cost a total of US$14 (or approx. £10) - decide for yourself if you want to spend $14 or the £35 to the travel agent for the same thing. I know which way I would go!

Thank for the prompt reply. I've just done it online via the link you provided.

Just need to pluck up the courage and get on the plane now.

430. Posted by Whiggler13 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 30 Mar '13 14:49

I was arrested in Jan 2010 but the whole thing was NFA'd, no caution, no reprimand, no court, nothing, do I still need to apply for a visa to visit USA?

Cheers

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