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551. Posted by rijkaard (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

UK residents - have a look at this for any clarity:-

552. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 3y


Since you were convicted of drug trafficking, and not drug possession this works against you.

Also, since you were sentenced to 6 years, I'm presuming this was for some major drug such as cocaine, hashish, morphine (opium) or something similar and not for marijuana or pain pills. This also works against.

For these reasons, I would say your chances of getting a valid visa to visit the US are not good.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2013, at 00:36 by Calcruzer ]

553. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member 29 posts) 3y

No one is alone...

554. Posted by Seizure (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

I had criminal record had been prison for five weeks for fraud is gonna
I'm uk resident I want go to America I have to get visa is gonna be refuse me?

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557. Posted by greeners29 (Budding Member 23 posts) 3y

Well after deciding that a visa was the way to go for me i have gone through all the paperwork and have booked my appointment at the US embassy for three weeks time.

Half way through the process after completing all the forms the US embassy changed the procedure regarding booking appointments which has reduced the time frames slightly.

I would agree with Terry. After going through the process of gathering all the documentation, There is no way the US emigration department will have any information on you for minor crimes and the process of getting it is lengthy and can be complex.

In my case, I have an enhanced CRB for work which they wont accept as evidence. A police certificate shows as "no live trace". We have had to go to the original magistrates court who have had to access their paper archives (literally in the basement) to get the details of the offence. They told me that records prior to 1999 have all been archived... but get this unless you have the date of conviction they cannot trace the record. Records after 1999 are computerised and they can pull them back with a name/DOB... but the police consider these as spent and don't put them on the police certificate.

It is one of the most complex processes I have ever been through for a minor offence 20+ years ago and knowing now what I know unless you tell the embassy they have no idea what you have done. Unless you are really unlucky I now see why people choose the waiver option.

558. Posted by casinoroyale (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y


I obtained the original magistrates record for my appointment, and if memory serves the cost was over £200. The US Embassy approved my VISA without even asking for it.

As you point out the process is extremely complex, and costly, and when your VISA is approved after a quick appointment and very little hassle you may wonder what all the fuss was about.

However I can tell you that all of the fuss and expense is worth it when your application is approved, and your passport is delivered safely back to you with a US VISA inside. The feeling of being able to travel to America safe in the knowledge that you're not running the risk, however small, or being turned back on entry is quite satisfying.

Happy travelling.

559. Posted by greeners29 (Budding Member 23 posts) 3y

Does anybody know what happens if your passport runs out during the the period of your visa (my passport runs out at the end of next year) .

Do you then have to reapply for a visa or does it transfer across?

560. Posted by greeners29 (Budding Member 23 posts) 3y

@ casinoroyale.

I agree about the end result being worth it. If i get my VISA, there will be no nerves or worry on the flight over and i suppose that makes it all worth it (somewhat).

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