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681. Posted by cfcfan (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Thanks for the reply gemma.
would like to hear other peoples views too.

btw - how come your dad got fined without arrest?

682. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

No problem. I'd like more people to come forward with "success stories" about their trip too. I found someone on trip advisor who was in same situation as everyone here and they got through without any bother too. But that was on Trip advisor.

I'm pretty sure my dad got arrested, but he was given no jail time. He pleaded guilty immediately and received a fine. Judge took pity as he understood why my dad did it.

Another thing to put your mind at ease is the "moral turpitude" part of the question. Remember, it isn't asking if you've ever been arrested/convicted. It's asking if you've been arrested/convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. My dads one was for assault, and common assault isn't moral turpitude.

However he also had "assault to severe injury" which is why I was worried because "assault to severe injury WITH intent" is a crime of moral turpitude, but "assult to severe injury WITHOUT intent" isn't a crime of moral turpitude. And because we live in Scotland and law wordings are different to English Law, I couldn't find out if his was down as with or without intent.

Now that we've been though, I realise getting too into it and reading too much information on border control can cause so much worry.

683. Posted by cfcfan (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

worry is the big problem because you imagine getting there and getting sent back straight away and losing loads of hard earned cash.
I got told you have to tick yes on the esta even if youve been arrested and not charged. it does say that if you have been arrested you have to go for a visa. theft comes under moral turpitude and as i said I got done for stealing a pair of trainers.

684. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

I had all sorts of worry before getting there, but I just blocked my mind from it and thought "it'll never happen to us" and when you really think about it, the likelihood of it happening to you is really slim. I mean, first off, UK and US don't share police records. They would have to have a REALLY good reason to take you away to do a proper police check. Hundreds of people come in and out of US every day. They're really just looking for the ones on the most wanted list.

The police have my dads fingerprints on file and US border patrol took his finger prints, so I can say for fact they're not linked.

However, if it really is going to be too much worry, how long is it before you go? If you have about 9months to a year to wait, go down the London/Dublin visa route. It will cost a lot. It will involve a lot of paperwork and you'll have to take time off work for interview etc... I thought just going outweighed the thought of doing all that. We are genuine tourists and all we want to do is drop a whole load of money into their economy and cause no harm and leave. I wish they'd change their ways with this "even f you've just been arrested and not convinced" thing. Or even just consider some as spent.

685. Posted by swalsh2014 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Well I have spent hours reading through this thread, as I am planning to go to New York end of this year/beginning of next. I am 21 from UK and when I was 14 I had a 'playground' fight at school, police got involved and me and the other person were both given a reprimand under 'Battery' -horrible.
Police said it would come off by 18.
I've been to new york twice before when I was 11 and 15.

From what I've read I'm assuming I will be fine because I wasn't formally arrested or convicted? But I'm a serious worrier!!! I'm unsure of the process do I just arrive in America, do I fill in forms etc? If I said 'no' to criminal offences/convictions and they did a random check on me would it matter because I was still a minor when the incident happened?

686. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 2y

If you've spent hours reading this thread then you should have managed to conclude:

1.) There is never a guarantee, but chances are overwhelmingly in your favour that it's a complete non issue.

2.) If you can't put it out of your head then simply do the paperwork and get officially cleared to visit. End of story.

Anything else is a waste of brain cells.

Good luck and have fun.


687. Posted by chris8888 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi, does anyone know if i can travel to the states if i have a warrant for arrest in uk? In my misguided youth i committed a credit card fraud offense which lead to a community service and because of how messed up i was at the time i never completed it. This was about 12 yrs ago and since i have turned my life around.
Basically a family wedding has propped up so i will need to travel to the states.

688. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 2y

Chris, your situation has been addressed countless times throughout this thread.

1.) There is never a guarantee, but chances are overwhelmingly in your favour that it's a complete non issue.

2.) That said, walking around for 12 years with an outstanding warrant for your arrest for simple community service is an odd definition of "turning your life around." You might want to clear up that little issue.

Good luck and have fun.


689. Posted by amenicycinema (Budding Member 22 posts) 2y

hello hoping for some help here! i was denied entry to the us in september last year because of an arrest of marijuana when i lived there 10 years ago. i applied for a waiver of ineligibility through the london embassy and just found out today (24 week wait) that it has been approved. has anyone got to this stage who can confirm what documents i need to send in now and where to and how? the information on the website isn't clear! in return if anyone has questions about the application process i will be happy to help.

690. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 2y

When the Embassy told you the application has been approved they didn't tell you what was required to complete the paperwork? Are you sure you read their instructions completely?


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