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741. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 2y

Fabulous, wari.

So happy you had a great time.


742. Posted by kieran.t (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

I was wondering if there was even a slight chance id get into america with possesion of a knife in a public place(not illegal in most of america?) Assault nd shoplifting i only got a fine for the assault nd good behaviour for shoplifting and fr the possesion of a knife i gt remanded for 140 days then community service which is all over and done with now i know theres not much of a chance bt well am hoping

743. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 2y

As usual with questions like these you fail to mention the most important pieces of information like what is your nationality and when did the offences take place, but I'll go out on a limb and bet that your question has been addressed over and over and over throughout this thread.

Good luck.


744. Posted by Wrighty2183 (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

Back in 2008 I was given a caution for possession of a controlled substance, class A. They didn't find anything on me but cautioned me for taking it which was caught on camera. In 2010 I applied for a working visa but was turned back at the embassy in London. If I wanted to go on holiday to America do you think/know if my 'visa rejection' would flag up? I'm from the UK. I am financially secure, hold a high management position and have a young family compared to when I applied I was a single lad, ok finance with nothing holding me back to stay in the UK. Any advice would be great. Thanks

745. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 2y

"... If I wanted to go on holiday to America do you think/know if my 'visa rejection' would flag up?..."


Do the Waiver paperwork.


746. Posted by sodiq100 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

JUST NEED CLARIFICATION. Please no judgemental people. Im being open and honest.

Briefly, Here is my situation.

I am currently 22 turning 23 this month, December 2014. I will probably be travelling to the US in November 2015 for 5 days or so on a business convention. I am a British citizen. I was born in London, UK and have lived here all my life.

I was convicted for a robbery, in London, in May/June 2010. I was 18 at the time of this conviction with no previous convictions. The robbery charge was just robbery and not armed robbery. I was quite harshly sentenced to, 2 and a 1/2 years in prison. I served 12 months in a young offenders prison and then I was released on an early release in May/June 2011 .

This was my first and only conviction I have ever got in my entire life. I take full responsibility for my actions and I am a totally different person now. I deeply regret my actions and I am certainly not the same person I was then.I was going through real hard times back then, which is no excuse for my actions. Now I run my own business and have a total new set of friends and totally different perspective of life.

My question is: will this type of conviction show up on the screen at customs when i go to America next year? Or can i just book my flight, tick no on the "esta" and roll the dice? which is what i intend to do anyway

Right of the bat, I must say i have no intentions of applying for a visa, as i will not be staying longer than the 90 days aloud when traveling with a british passport to the us without a visa. And also because i know it will be rejected faster than Usain Bolt.


Kind regards

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Dec-2014, at 22:12 by sodiq100 ]

747. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 2y

Your situation has been addressed over and over and over throughout this thread.

Roll the dice...


748. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member 29 posts) 2y


If you have a biometric passport all that will show up on the screen is what is printed in the passport, this is to make sure the passport you have has not been altered in any way.

Also, the USA and the UK do not share criminal records at this level.

Next, by rights you should speak to the embassy, but how you proceed from here is your decision.

And lastly, every UK visitor to the US is potentially an ambassador for Britain so getting some basic spelling correct won't go amiss, you meant 'allowed' not ....... 'aloud'.

Good luck.

The Tightrope walker.

749. Posted by Leo9 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

I have gone through almost all of the posts but my case is a bit different. I would really appreciate if I could get some advise.

I am currently a Canadian Permanent Resident and hold an Iranian passport. Last year on my way to UK from Uzbekistan I got drunk and crazy on the plane. Once landed in Heathrow, I got arrested and was charged with a sexual assault and sentenced for 6 weeks.

Halfway through my sentence I was deported to Canada and they wrote "cancelled" on my UK Visa.

Now I have to travel to the US in 2015 for work and already have a US visa which I got before this incident. I have already travelled to US once, before this incident but now I'm worried what would happen this time.

Would the immigration be able to see my conviction from my passport or my biometric scan?

Would really appreciate any response.


750. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 2y

"... Halfway through my sentence I was deported to Canada and they wrote "cancelled" on my UK Visa..."

The US and Canada share EVERYTHING, so yes, it's possible you could show up at the US border and they run you through the database and you'll be completely screwed.

There is no way anyone can predict what will really happen. This is a classic "roll the dice" situation.

Good luck.


PS Learn how to hold your liquor or stop drinking. Pulling that crap in some situations in Canada or the US will at some point result in a beat-down where you'll end up in the hospital seriously hurt - and rightfully so.

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