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571. Posted by peterthomas58 (Inactive 1 posts) 3y

I think US government is now become more strict. I think you need to take suggestion from travel agent. They have all information about visa and they also have knowledge about such cases.

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

Travel Agents are generally clueless about any complications a criminal record brings regarding international travel.


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

Sorry, I have no clue what you're trying to say.

Bottom line: Travel Agents are in general a horrible resource for dealing with Visa issues that are complicated by criminal activity.


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

Have just had my appointment and was issued with a ten year visa. Left home at four this morning and was outside the embassy at seven.

Various checkpoints later, five minute chat and visa issued.

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

I'm happy to hear it finally worked out. What a relief.

Have fun.


578. Posted by Jonell (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y

Quoting Jennywren959

Hi, hoping Terry will see this one.....

Travelling to Miami from uk at end of November for our honeymoon.
Husband has german passport (in his birth surname) was adopted in uk and uses his new name here through deed poll.
Esta gotten (denied his caution which was for a small posession of m.j about 5/6 years ago)
Happy to roll the dice after reading this thread a hundred times, but concerned that when they take his fingerprints it will show his new name, and therefore would the u.s be concerned to start looking into the pnc because of that. But I ve read lots that simple cautions just dont show up anyhow?

You re probably going to say there's no easy answer, but just wanted to try. (Obviously its a bit late in the day to go down the whole proper visa route)
Thankyou in advance xx

Don't you have to list every name you've gone by on your Visa form? I've had three different names which was fun to explain my long family history to the immigration office. I hope you didn't have a problem with immigration though. Best of luck and have a great honey moon.

579. Posted by sdavis82 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

Just wanted to let people know of my own personal experience.

I was arrested back in 2007 for ABH, released on bail then no further action was taken and all my DNA was destroyed. I decided to tick no on the ESTA as i wasn't 100% sure that the crime fell under moral turpitude.

I got to Customs at Las Vegas and i was very nervous but the Custom & Border Protection Officer was very friendly and made me feel at ease. He took my passport, scanned it and asked me to place my hand on a baord to take my fingerprints and then took a picture of me and it was all over in under 60 seconds.

I doubt very very much they can see what's on your criminal record unless you have been flagged beforehand. I was never convicted of any crime so i'm not sure if anything would've shown up even if i was flagged anyway.

My word of advice would be to tick no on the ESTA unless you have been convicted of a serious crime, if you have been arrested but not charged then you have absolutely nothing to worry about and i believe they're only interested in people who have been convicted of a CIMT.

I hope this has been useful for some of you, some of the scaremongering around this subject is utterly ridiculous at times.



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

Well stated Steve if you're from the UK, but as I keep saying over and over and over discussions like this MUST include Nationality because a sweeping statement like, "... I doubt very very much they can see what's on your criminal record unless you have been flagged beforehand..." is absolutely incorrect for a Canadian trying to enter the US.


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