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

The entire situation regarding the UK/US (not) sharing their criminal databases has been discussed ad nauseam throughout this entire thread and I can't imagine what else there is to say.

Bottom line... chances are you'll be totally fine, but nothing is ever 100% sure so you're always rolling the dice somewhat.

Good luck.


[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2014, at 07:18 by CheersT ]

632. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Terry, I've just read from page 23 until now and I think your answer will be "roll the dice" for my situation... I'm from the UK. More specifically, Scotland.

My dad has never been to America before, and I want to take him now, but he has:

Assault To Severe Injury (from 1997) - resulting in £150 fine


(28/04/1999) Assault - resulting in "sentence deferred 19/05/1999, then, fine £100"

No jail time. The judge felt sorry for him as the situation was a heat of the moment thing to the man who was having an affair with his wife. Doesn't excuse it, but I reckon he got off a little because of that.

He's avoided America because of it, but now someone we hoped to go with has passed away, and we don't want to delay it anymore. Am I correct in thinking its a roll of the dice?

Thanks in advance, I know everyone's situation sounds similar. They're always a tiny bit different unfortunately

633. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Another question actually, to those of you who have been convicted of crimes that do not involve moral turpitude, and have ticked NO on ESTA form, what would you say to border patrol at the desk interview if they ask "Have you ever been arrested?"

Do they ask such a clean cut question? Or would they include the words "moral turpitude"

Or do they just not ask this question at all.

Thanks again

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

"... Am I correct in thinking its a roll of the dice?..."


"... I know everyone's situation sounds similar. They're always a tiny bit different unfortunately..."

Actually they're all pretty much the same. In most cases the details are immaterial to US CBP.

As for what kind of questions you might be asked... anything and everything is possible.

Good luck.


635. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Thanks Terry. Really is so much appreciated.

I've looked into this subject extensively, but learned more from this thread than anywhere else.

I didn't realise the details are immaterial to the US CBP. That's been a huge help to know that.

If we do go, I'll update you all on how we got on. Always good to get some real life experiences of what happens posted on here for others to know.

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

Thanks, Gemma.

Good luck... my guess is that you'll sail right through without a hitch...


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

Well after applying and getting my VISA, I have this week been to Vegas. Had a great time doing lots of things I have always wanted to do and also married the now wife. Was a little worried that I might be pulled over at immigration and asked questions but I was not and was through as fast as everyone else.

Loved America and am really looking forward to going back in October.

638. Posted by farshadtoronto (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y

hey i live in canada and they do have shared information between canada united states and united kingdom if you have a record you will be denied visa

639. Posted by Sam1111 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y

hello I booked a holiday to new York and have been to the usa before where I had my fingerprints and photo taken that was a couple of years ago
since then I have been convicted of benefit fraud and am awaiting sentence I applied for an esta before I went to court and it went through fine
my trip to the us is imminent and im worried that they may be able to see a pending sentence?
I am a british Asian with an Asian name and I was actually born in asia
and last time I went I was interviewed extensively before being allowed in the us im worried that if I get "stopped" again will they be able to see the uk record or because ive been there before would it be sorry if this question has been asked before and im sorry if im going over old ground its just that at one minute im reading a thread and thinking everything is going to be ok and then I read another thread and get worried again....any info would be much appreciated

640. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Farshadtoronto - From reading the 64 pages of this thread, I am to believe that the US and Canada share criminal records. The UK does not share criminal records with Canada or the US.

Sam1111 - Again, from reading the last 64 pages, it would seem its a roll of the dice situation for you. The US does not have access to UK criminal records BUT give them reason to take a look at them and they can see yours if they feel they have a reason to. Maybe you were just spot checked randomly last time. You might not get spotted checked this time. The other thing is, I believe fraud is a crime of moral turpitude, I assume you have no time to get a visa? No one here can tell you it will or won't be okay.

I've read stories of people on here getting through absolutely fine with a criminal record. I've yet to read a first hand encounter of someone being turned away at the border. Some people "have heard of a friend" who has been turned away. But I'm still keen to hear more stories.

Terry here provides great information to people and he has been replying to people on here for years it would seem from reading the thread! Don't look like you have a reason to be looked into further. It's a roll of the dice.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2014, at 10:42 by Gemma121 ]

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