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721. Posted by mod18 (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

hi can any one give me any advice im a 36 year old married man from the uk with 2 small children that really want to go to Disneyland florida. Unfortunately I have a criminal record and not sure if I'll get a visa. im not a criminal iv been in trouble with the police twice my whole life. I was out 1 night with friends when a fight broke out I broke it up getting between the men to stop the fight. after breaking it up one of the men came towards me and I thought he was going to attack me so I punch him. he fell to the floor and banged his head on the curb. he unfortunately dead two weeks later. I wasn't arrested at the time and there was never a warrant out for me. I handed my self in to the police when I heard of his death. I am deeply regretful for what I have done and not a day goes by that I dont wish I could swap places with the man. I pleaded guilty to involuntary one punch manslaught and received 15months prison sentence of which I served 7 and a hlf months. that was in june 2002. I was released from prison in jan 2003. the other one was a drunk and disorderly and I got a fine. does any one think I have a chance of getting a visa?

722. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 2y

It doesn't matter what anyone here thinks, one way or the other you have to do the paperwork. Get started immediately.

Good luck.


723. 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


724. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 2y

When posting questions like this don't forget the single most important piece of info, nationality. Also, don't use acronyms like ACRO.

That said...

1.) US border officials couldn't care less what ACRO says so ignore everything they're telling you, it's immaterial.

2.) His record will drop off the UK database of course, it will never disappear from the US database.

He should go back to the US Embassy and see if he can receive a permanent status of rehabilitation thus negating the need for a waiver every time he enters. The US doesn't like to do that, but since it was a juvenile conviction he has a decent chance.

Good luck.


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

Hes a UK citizen.

Aww thank you Terry I will endeavour to start the ball rolling once Hes 5 year visa has expired. Do you know as well what length of visa is given if yr just going for a 2 week holiday?

Much appreciated

726. Posted by sarahsherhols (Inactive 8 posts) 2y

I won't recommend you traveling with a criminal record, also while applying for visa of US you'll be asked for having a criminal record by the embassy, it could be either during the form filling or the interview. I would say don't risk it.

727. Posted by andrewsmith03 (Inactive 8 posts) 2y

Actually a very good question.

728. Posted by JadeToronto (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

This is such a wonderful and helpful thread. Props to everyone who has been contributing.

Here goes my dilemma. I am a Canadian Permanent Resident applying for a U.S visit visa to be with family next year. I have no priors in Canada or anywhere else for that mater. However I did get in trouble visiting Pakistan (as a foreign worker) last year where I believe it was religiously motivated (I am from a minority sect, a professor and social activist. I am a model immigrant!!). The matter was sorted out in court, I was arrested but released (time served) due to lack of evidence. Had my finger printing and biometrics all done.

This might be a moot point, but I do think if I tick YES in the visa application form that would just open a can of worms. My backgrounds are clear here in Canada, so is there reason for me to fear that the same wont be the case with the Americans?

Any help would be appreciated.

729. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 2y

You're fine. Databases aren't shared between Pakastan and the US.


730. Posted by JadeToronto (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

You're awesome Terry! thanks :)

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