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691. Posted by dt88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,

Looking for some advice/guidance in american visa application.
2 Years ago I was convicted of drunk and disordley and possession of a class A drug cocaine (200mg). I was going through a bad period in my life which I know isn't any excuse.
I received a fine in magistrates court and payed this off immediately. Now under the new rehabilitation of offenders act my crimes are spent. I know the USA don't use this act but I am looking for some advice on going through the visa process.

I am wanting to go on holiday with my family at some point in the next yr or two to the USA. Do you think Im applying to soon after a crime was committed to be eligible for a visa? Should I give it a few more year before I decide to apply for a visa?

Im also working for a company now who works in various countries around the world. One been the USA. when i was employed I was only asked whether I had any crimes that weren't spent. My crimes are spent now so I answered no. I was wondering if anyone has any experience obtaining american work visas with a criminal as I might have to go down this route also in a few years. Any info on these matters I appreciate.


692. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2551 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Since it's only one offence and it didn't result in any jail time I would suggest to go ahead and start the paperwork. Worse case scenario is they refuse you and say try again at such-and-such date, no big deal.

Good luck.


693. Posted by Shmopple (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Morning guys.

I have read over a lot of the posts on this topic and I know that asking a similar kind of question may be frowned upon a little but I'm just looking for a little bit of advice if possible, as being the idiot that I am I have left it very late before a potential trip to the US...

Over 5 years ago I was arrested on suspected possession of a controlled substance. I was a resident of the property at the time and therefore I was arrested along with the guilty party.

I was taken to a police station, questioned and released on bail and was later advised that No Further Action was being taken on myself (the other person was found guilty of possession and served community service).

I have an appointment at the US Consulate in Belfast on 25/07 and am awaiting my ACPO which I should receive in a few days time which I am expecting to state No Trace.

I have no documentation at all from the arrest/NFA and I was contacted by telephone at the time to advise that no further action would be taken.

I've seen that a Subject Access Request would/may have more information regarding the arrest but there is no chance of me obtaining this before my interview.

I was just wondering if there was any advice that could be offered please? I understand that I have to state in detail what happened with regards to the arrest and a sworn statement can be submitted. Is this something that I can document myself or does it have to be sworn by a solicitor etc...?

I understand that the best thing for me to do may be to re-schedule the appointment but I'm hoping that there is some other way around this although I very much doubt it.

I'm totally aware that following my interview it could take several weeks/months for a decision to even be made.

Thanks guys.

694. Posted by Chugger (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone

for what it worth,
I was sat in a pub a couple of years ago and got talking to a guy who worked in airport passport control in one of our cities in the uk…i will refrain from naming any names.
anyway, we got talking and i asked him about this perceived problem with uk folk entering the usa with a criminal conviction. his reply was that as far as he was aware, unless you are wanted by the on the run !…or a known criminal with a serious criminal background… murder or some similar extremely serious crime..then he was pretty adamant that the uk does NOT share information with the usa. he certainly did not know about the criminal records of folk that passed through his passport control check point.
take this information as you find it, but this guy did not appear to me to be telling anything other than the truth.
regards…..and don't worry ! :)

695. Posted by Gemma121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I think you're right Chugger. Millions of people go in and out of America all the time. They're looking for the people who are actually going to cause harm, not those with petty offences! The reason they want everyone to declare everything is so YOU aren't the one who decides if it's petty or not. They want to. (My opinion)

Thanks for your comment. When I was researching this issue and worrying about it, I'd have liked to have seen your comment.

696. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2551 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"... When I was researching this issue and worrying about it, I'd have liked to have seen your comment..."

It has been stated dozens and dozens and dozens of times throughout this thread that databases are not shared between the US and the UK.


697. Posted by justw (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

First time poster , I have decided to go down the official route also , but i am wondering , is this the correct proceedure for the official route :-

Fill in the online form Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)
Make a payment
Gather any paper work to support my application
Attend interview ?

Or is there another form to fill in , due to a past arrest ?

698. Posted by justw (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know can you take a smart phone into the embassy ? it mentions no laptops

699. Posted by amenicycinema (Budding Member 22 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

definitely no electronics at all allowed in, possibly not even car key fobs though i may be remembering that wrong. there's storage nearby or leave at home!

700. Posted by amenicycinema (Budding Member 22 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

as for procedure, looks right from what I remember but I started all this in September last year and only recently got my waiver so can't remember that far back! one tip would be print the ds160 confirmation the first time you input your info as I was never able to get back into my original one so had to make a second.

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