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461. Posted by pink0783 (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

PS You have a record just from an arrest, even if you were never fined or convicted (regardless of the punishment). My husband was only fined and no sentence and has a record. Your wife was convicted and sentenced (presumably in a court?) so she 100% has a record. Could be worth getting her ACRO Police Certificate to see it in black and white.

462. Posted by dragontm (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Thank you for your reply, unfortunatly we have 13 days till we fly, so we are going to risk it.

I will let you all know how we get on, however she never got arrested but as it went to court she must of got a conviction.

If she does get pulled over at boarder controll then we will explain that we never recieved any confirmaration on any conviction for fraud or anyother (I was guessing it would be fraud).

Plus she brest feeds our baby so if they turn her away then they will turn all 8 of us away and they will not benifit from the amount of money we are going to spend whilst there.

I really hope she will be ok and generaly think she will be fine, we did visit Florida in 2009

463. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 3y

dragontm, it's a non issue. Forget it ever happened. Wipe it from your memory bank.

Have a great trip.

Cheers,
Terry

464. Posted by dragontm (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Quoting CheersT

dragontm, it's a non issue. Forget it ever happened. Wipe it from your memory bank.

Have a great trip.

Cheers,
Terry

So you are saying everything should be fine right?

Thanks Terry i know we will have a great time and be £3000 worse off lol

465. Posted by Eyespy (Budding Member 10 posts) 3y

Hi Y'all,

Can anyone comment on the print sharing between the UK BA and the US?
From when and what data if any has been shared? Ink and paper scans or just digital prints?

Please look these documents

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/workingwithus/high-value-data-sharing-protocol/pia.pdf?view=Binary

http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy/PIAs/privacy_pia_usvisit_ident_appendixj_jan2013.pdf

Cheers

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466. Posted by NayNay (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Hello,

Just wanted to share my experience. I have a criminal record and have travelled to miami on three occasions under the visa waiver and everything was fine. Last year I travelled to vegas and I was refused entry for not having the correct visa. Its purely based on luck. Also I think the new chipped passport may have something to do with it, because on those 3 occasion before I had the old style passport, but when I was going to vegas last year, I had just renewed my passport and got the new chip one. Im not sure what it is but that was the only different thing about that journey.

So I can not go to the united states with out a visa and because I was denied entry, it may be harder to get one. I have my interview in July so I will let you know how that goes.

xx

467. Posted by dragontm (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Quoting NayNay

Hello,

Just wanted to share my experience. I have a criminal record and have travelled to miami on three occasions under the visa waiver and everything was fine. Last year I travelled to vegas and I was refused entry for not having the correct visa. Its purely based on luck. Also I think the new chipped passport may have something to do with it, because on those 3 occasion before I had the old style passport, but when I was going to vegas last year, I had just renewed my passport and got the new chip one. Im not sure what it is but that was the only different thing about that journey.

So I can not go to the united states with out a visa and because I was denied entry, it may be harder to get one. I have my interview in July so I will let you know how that goes.

xx

Can i ask on your third trip which you got turned away did you click no on the ESTA form and then they turned you away also what criminal record do you have? the seriousness of it?

468. Posted by pink0783 (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

Hi NayNay

Interesting post. Like dragontm, I'm keen to know whether all four times you ticked 'no' on the ESTA and they just pulled you aside on your fourth trip last year because they did a spot check or they had some kind of info on you from you passport or if you ticked 'yes' and therefore feeding them the info on your conviction and had just been lucky the other three times?

Either way it's made me happier that we have gone down the honest route, my husband will have the new chip passport when (if) we travel next year and would hate to be turned away. We would sooner revisit Thailand.

Look forward to your reply.

469. Posted by dragontm (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

The passport only shows the same information as per the picture page, it does not show any convictions as i understand it, the only thing i can think is that the person clicked no and was convicted for a high risk crime which would add them onto the International boarder control watch hence why it flagged.

Reading this forums and others it seems to back up my thoughts, however another theory is that the person clicked yes, went and got a visa from the embassy in london and they still turned him away at the destination because other information i have read stated even if you was approved a travel visa it is still down to the BC to approve your entry and they can still send you packing.

Be good if this could be cleared up.

470. Posted by Wrighty2183 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Can anyone help please. About 5 years ago I got a caution for possession of a controlled substance. I didn't have anything on me but they said they had seen me on the camera taking it. When I arrived at the police station the top officer came out and gave me two options due to the cells being busy that night. 1.) If I go in and answer a few questions and give my details I walk away in 20 minutes with a caution or 2.) I stay in over night then they start court proceedings. I went for option 1 because I thought it was only a verbal caution and I was a but drunk and wanted to get away. I never received a fine or any paperwork after that night but when I applied for a visa to work as a football coach it came back to bite me. I was refused a visa. Im ashamed of my caution and have grown up massively. Now I have been rejected once for a working visa would I be refused for a holiday one? I'm hoping to go away with my girlfriend and our daughter, can anyone help?

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