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541. Posted by Eyespy (Budding Member, 10 posts) 27 Jul '13 04:35

I had conviction of fraud, so MT, and drugs, so no Waiver for me ever!
But i took my chances, and look at my posts and reply from FOI request. No CRB or Biometric Data shared apart from Current Asylum and Immigration data from UKBA.
Unless your randomly picked out or they suspect you and they investigate!
Safe Travels!

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543. Posted by Eyespy (Budding Member, 10 posts) 27 Jul '13 08:14

Put other, that you wish to find out your own report.
3000 checks per annum; 8 per day at all Borders by all transport; For anything other than work or to emigrate to the USA, then in my opinion, you should just go for it!

ACPO (ACRO) is a public office and will reply to your request. Do not be concerned.
I thought there was more concern, for me, being paranoid, being part of this forum!!

Good Luck.

[ Edit: removed username on user's request ]

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545. Posted by Slinkius1 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 2 Aug '13 04:34

Hi all, I'm going to New York in December, now after looking at the esta form, I have a minor conviction from nearly 20 years ago, I think the charge was obstructing a police office, basically trying to stop my mate getting arrested outside a nightclub, foolish I know. That is the only run in I have had with the police, I went to the local magistrates court and was fined £80. My question is, would I get in under the visa waiver form as I don't believe my crime comes under moral turpitude as the US words it.
Thanks.

546. Posted by dcamp (Budding Member, 7 posts) 4 Aug '13 09:51

eyespy, I beleive that you have to then get an appointment at the visa office once you get your ACRO report, Thats what my son had to do but he was going for a student visa. I think the esta is only for non convictions

547. Posted by charlie_123 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 6 Aug '13 01:26

Hi Terry
Apologies if you think this has already been covered in the thread, but I think I've got a slightly different predicament.

I want to go to New York for a wedding later this year.
I'm from the UK but have lived in Australia since 2006. I got caught with 15 pills at a festival in Melbourne in 2010. Although they were personal, there were too many and so I was charged with supply. I was given a suspended sentence of 15 months.

Do you know if there's any more likelihood of an Aussie criminal record being shared with the US? Or does the same advice apply that you've given before, that they won't know unless I tell them?

Once again, apologies if you think this has been directly addressed previously.

Cheers

548. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1341 posts) 6 Aug '13 09:54

I'm not experienced with how Australia handles things Charlie, sorry.

Good luck with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

549. Posted by bimbango50 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 7 Aug '13 06:48

I wanted to share my experience in a bid to give some hope to people. I was cautioned for possession of a small amount of a class A substance at a music festival just over four years ago and feared it would ruin my chances of ever going back to the States. I know people who have been in a similar situation and lied on their ESTA and got in on multiple occasions with no problems but I would like to work over there at some point and didn't want to potentially put that at risk by going down that route. So I eventually bit the bullet and went through the correct channels by applying for my ACPO certificate and arranging an appointment at the embassy. Through all the reading I had done I was resigned to the fact that I probably wouldn't qualify for a visa and would have to be put forward for a waiver of ineligibility, with the fear that I could be rejected altogether. On the day of my appointment last month, after an almost 5 hour wait at the embassy, i eventually had my interview with a very fair and good natured immigration officer. I was asked to explain the incident and to confirm it was a one off and not part of my normal behaviour. She then asked questions to confirm I had a full time job and had stable living arrangements in the UK to make sure I had no intention of over-staying any potential visa. And then she told me she would put me forward for a 10 year visa - the maximum they give out - which was a massive relief. There was no mention of me being ineligible for a visa because of what happened or having to go for a waiver of ineligibility. I paid the money for my documents to be couriered back to me and a few days later a standard visa arrived. I am so glad I went through the official channels and would just say to people that you haven't ruined your chances of going to the States by mucking up in the past. My experience of my interview was that the officer just wanted to be sure that it was a one off mistake and that I was truly sorry for what had happened. I am still resigned to the fact that I could be challenged at US immigration when I fly in as to why I need a visa and am not on the ESTA and may have to answer some further questions although I'm hoping there shouldn't be any problems. If anybody has experienced this then I'd love to hear what happened. Thanks

550. Posted by ancene (Budding Member, 2 posts) 8 Aug '13 12:23

Sorry to bring this up again. Didn`t find similar case as mine. I`m latvian, but I have been convicted for drug trafficking in UK in 2009. Sentence was 6 yrs, spent 2yrs and 4 months in prison. Do you think I have got any chance to go to the USA for holiday?
Thank you.

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