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

Okay I have my 10 year visa from the embassy , no issues etc , had to go for the interview due to a past arrest that did not lead to a conviction...

But I am wondering , what happens next , do i still need to tick the Yes to any arrest on the landing card ( is there even a landing card these days ?)

Am i likely to be asked any questions about the circumstances or will i pretty much just pass through passport control as normal even if i have had to to tick yes to past arrest ?


[ Edit: Edited on 07-Oct-2014, at 09:40 by justw ]

732. Posted by Thewetbandit (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Hi guys,

Does the USA have any access to financial records here in the UK?

733. Posted by Ashkent (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Hi there I could do with some advice please.
I am meant to be travelling to New York in 11 days time which was a surprise trip booked by my husband .

When applying for our visas it asked about arrests/convictions to which I replied yes.

I went to london for my interview as 10 years ago I was arrested and convicted of theft.

Was a long time ago and I was young and stupid and am now married with two children I work hard and own my own home but they took nothing into account and to which result I was refused a visa.

It has now been referred to the dhs but can take upto 6 months to get another answer.

I'm desperate to try and get this resolved and have emailed the embassy on a number of occasions to ask why!!

At my interview I was told it will all be fine and shouldn't be a problem.
What I would like to know is that has anyone else had this same problem and to some miracle it was overturned any sooner than the 6 months?
If overturned at all??
So frustrating when you cannot speak to anyone at the embassy!!
Need help xx:(

734. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 1y

Too bad you didn't research this before replying yes... the US had no record of your conviction and no way of finding out before you told them.

Good luck.


735. Posted by Sarahx33x (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Ok I just wanted to share my own experience on travelling to the US with a criminal record.

Both myself and my partner have recently returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday in Florida, my partner does have a criminal record for CIMT from 13 years ago ( I won't go into detail as it isn't really anybodys business).

After reading all the forums online we decided to tick no on the Esta as the general consensus is that they have no 'instant' access to our UK PNC.

The weeks leading up to the holiday were worrying and I just kept thinking the worst was going to happen, the flight felt even longer and by the time plane landed in Sanford I was a bag of nerves!!

We waited in line at immigration for what seemed like an eternity, on going up to the immigration desk we did have an immigration officer from hell who neither smiled or made eye contact with us. He slowly went through every single page in our passports while looking at his computer screen.

I was stamped and given the all clear but my partner was questioned on why he has visited the middle east in the last few months (ex army who now works in private security). My partner explained and went on to show him his ID cards to which the officer then just said 'that's fine' and sent him through.

There was no mention of his criminal record from 13 years ago which confirms they do not have access to our PNC. However I would say that if your 'well traveled' they may want to question you further.

Just wanted to share my own success story as I know the ones I read before we flew out there really helped me.

736. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 1y

Dear Sarah,

Thanks for taking the time to confirm yet again what has been posted here ad nauseum by myself and many others. Hopefully your direct and recent experience will help put some people's minds at ease.

Glad to hear you enjoyed a brilliant trip.


737. Posted by iauk1982 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

I have a criminal record for a domestic violence charge (yes its shameful I know) that was 3 years ago and I received an 8 week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.

I am travelling to States in 2016, should I just say no on the paperwork and take my chances?
Will fingerprinting flash up anything?

Basically what are my chances are gaining entrance to the USA.

738. Posted by emmawatson (Inactive 2 posts) 1y

Hi friends

I am new on this forum and just read all yours discussion and finally
advice that Don't do such type of activity or work which will you caught you by the custom officers .
Suppose if you are traveling with your loving ones and they saw these all things . how
badly they affected from this.


739. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2433 posts) 1y

Dear emmawatson,

i realize that English is not your first language (nor is it mine) and that you're trying to leave a suppostive post... but honestly... you're making no sense to an English speaker... and it has almost nothing to do with the subject at hand...

All the best to you.


740. Posted by warj (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y


Just wanted to share my journey as this forum and terry especially saved the day!

I was convicted (wrongly) of benefit fraud 3 years ago and received the minimum sentence ie a ticking off and very small fine! But I was left with a criminal record.
Our son is at the age where we wanted to do Disney and booked it several months ago to go in October.
Having read the forums I decided to go for it.
The journey was very nervy and the approach to customs officer at orlando was scarey but he was nice and ended up having small amount of banter with him. The 5 of us got in no problem. I also have a new biometric passport.
Thanks terry and all the relative posts on this forum.

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