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511. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y

So u think I should just go for it then?! I will get my esta tomorrow...
I know you've talked about whether they have access to uk records but some answers are unclear.....


512. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

Of course it's unclear. There is NO such thing as a certainty when dealing with the myriad of paranoid, illogical and unpredictable security agencies in the US. You roll the dice and you take your chances.

In your case the chances are very, very good - in my opinion.


513. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y

I kno I kno, just you know.

I thought that my conviction fell under moral whatever its called but think I will just risk it anway.

I went to do my esta form but it asked where im staying so I backed out as I've not booked my accom yet.

514. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

Yes, theft is a crime of moral turpitude and can be reason for denial of entry into the US. If it wasn't this discussion would be moot.

Good luck.


515. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y

Ah ok - so this is why im getting confused. You are telling me that you think my chances are good..? if it falls into their category of MT then how come you think my chances will be good?

516. Posted by dcamp (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

I posted in (49) can anyone have any thoughts
My son wants to study in the usa but has a criminal conviction when he was 14, 4.5 years ago for battery and using offensive language, it is bad as he was not guilty but the solicitor told him if he pleads guilty he wont get a record. it's clearly on the ACRO report. However looking at the USA document it appears in the 'c' category of seriousness which is the lowest does anyone know how he will stand we are waiting for his appointment now. I feel he will be ok but you never know thank you anyone for your comments

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

dcamp. If it was before he was 18 then he is fine.

SarahDocherty - This is the thing. If you lie on the ESTA form you will get your Visa but the risk is when you get to immigration, there is a chance that you might get pulled to the side. I know people and spoken to people this has happened to and for no reason and then immigration can do a single background check. If they do and they find you have a criminal record for Moral Turpitude, you will be sent back to the UK at your own expense.

A lot of people on this site will tell you to risk it but if you're not one to take chances then do the honest thing, apply for a Visa and if that fails, hope they refer you for a Waiver of Ineligibility.

It's your money and your holiday you're risking, personally, I couldn't do it but a lot of people have and got away with it but remember the odd few who didn't, you could fall into that small percentage or you might not, no one knows the answer to that.

Good luck.

518. Posted by dcamp (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Hi Pink thank you for reassurance I a=have read lots and lots of threads about this and driven myself mad and stumbled across a document that they go by and as he was under 15 they say they dont take into account and as the crime was minor. But you never know do you. His interview is tomorrow so I will let you know how he gets on god willing it goes fine. Like you I couldnt chance telling lies and them finding out and him getting a ban from the USA its best to be honest sometimes thank you

519. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y

Thanks very much pink.

So, the only risk I take is a small random check? There's NO other way it will be highlighted to them..?

520. Posted by SarahDocherty (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y

Don't suppose anyone fancies guessing the percentages - i.e 90% chance getting in?

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