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

ahhh! mine was in the us while I was living there, so very different. as far as I have seen on here the advice is to just go through with an esta as the uk don't share information with the us unless its really serious like terrorism etc. it's a small gamble because you might be unlucky and get a random check but if you go to the embassy when you don't need to, it just makes things complicated and take longer for no reason.

someone will hopefully be along who knows more about the uk thing. think mine only had to be done the long way as it was a US arrest.

dt88 - is yours a uk criminal record too? if yes then I'm not sure how similar my experience will actually be!

712. Posted by justw (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y

Phew thank you for your advice, I was starting to think I had got the wrong end of the stick based on everything I had read, okay normal service has been resumed, I was feeling on top of everything, then panicked after reading your replies, thank you all the same.

Hope it all goes well for you.

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

sorry to panic you! there's loads of posts on this thread asking the same as you and they are always told it'll be fine.

I got my visa now so can enter no problems, just get updates on this thread in case i can help anyone else with the same situation because its a confusing and long process!

714. Posted by dt88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Yeah mine is a uk criminal record. I was just wanting to no what documents etc I need for the interview stage?any references at all?

715. Posted by hellothere66 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Seriously are people that stupid America do not have access to or criminal records etc or financial details I have a criminal record and went to the states this year New York actually which has probably more security than any other I got the visa waiver ticked no arrived got my fingerprints taken and admitted to NYC no problems I'm sure the American government and passport control have bigger people to worry about coming in for example those with wierd religions big drug known people or on Interpol etc rather than some petty people from the uk with minor offences if they were to filter trough all that every day it would cost millions so all u people answering saying they have access To this and that are talking complete rubbish !!!! Although I'm sure if you were coming from somewhere like Turkey or Afghanistan they would question u more or interview u I didn't even get interviewed at all just asked what I was doing there e.g holiday then have a nice day and holiday haha seriously they have bigger people to worry about and have no access to our records

716. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

"... Seriously are people that stupid America do not have access to or criminal records..."

They have complete and total access to Canadian databases.

Cheers,
Terry

717. Posted by dcamp (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

I was just wondering my son had a referral order when he was 14 and then when he was 19 he went to USA to play soccer and go to college so we thought that we should declare everything because after the long process of application to college getting into the team we couldnt chance him being stopped especially it was for 2 years. Anyway he got his visa for 5 years with no problems.

  • When the 5 years is done as the record would be over 10 years and he was a juvenile and only a referral order he was told by ACRO that it will no longer show on his record.
  • should when going to the states would he need to still go to the embassy for a visa or should he just chance going with just a normal visa on line? I find it very hard to beleive that he will have to go through this process for the rest of his life?
  • If its the embassey route would he just get a visa for the holiday or would he get one for 5 years
718. Posted by Thewetbandit (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Quoting hellothere66

Seriously are people that stupid America do not have access to or criminal records etc or financial details I have a criminal record and went to the states this year New York actually which has probably more security than any other I got the visa waiver ticked no arrived got my fingerprints taken and admitted to NYC no problems I'm sure the American government and passport control have bigger people to worry about coming in for example those with wierd religions big drug known people or on Interpol etc rather than some petty people from the uk with minor offences if they were to filter trough all that every day it would cost millions so all u people answering saying they have access To this and that are talking complete rubbish !!!! Although I'm sure if you were coming from somewhere like Turkey or Afghanistan they would question u more or interview u I didn't even get interviewed at all just asked what I was doing there e.g holiday then have a nice day and holiday haha seriously they have bigger people to worry about and have no access to our records

Hi there guys!

So basically 3 years ago this december i was a victim of debit card fraud. Long story short I was mistankingly accused of approving a 'washed check' into my account & as a result my debit account was closed and i have found it impossible to get a bank account. (found out it takes 5 years to be cleared off of any bank blacklists even though i am innocent). HOWEVER i have NEVER even be questioned by the police & apart from that have never done anything wrong in the eyes of the UK law - thus dont have any sort of record for the USA to obtain. I have a job that pays around £1000 a month into a savings account & pay all of my taxes & car insurance like a normal person.

So what i'm asking is will i be ok to go through the ESTA system as i can safely say no to the criminal section & i can obviously provide money for myself whilst out there. I'll be staying with family so wont have to worry about that.

I just want to know if i'll be safe to go with this looming over me & as i dont know if the USA has access to any financial records of ours here in the UK before i travel over there for a holiday. Would only be going for 2 weeks maximum!

ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT!!!!!

719. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

You answered your own question. You've never had any interaction with the police therefore your record is clean. Don't try to make something out of nothing.

Cheers,
Terry

720. Posted by Waferbiscuits (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hello, sorry to be a pain however does anyone know if driving on a suspended
Licence is classified as moral turpitude? Does it go under the category of reckless driving which would be fine to tick no on? Also I've read countless times that uk don't share information with the us but does anyone know about australia? Thanks

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