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771. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 2y

Hi Terry

Two years ago, arrest and caution, no conviction.



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

Good for you, Andy. Do you have a question?


773. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 2y

Hi Terry

Yes I was just reply to your last post stating that I didn't put when I received my caution.

I don't have a question that you haven't already answered... I guess I'm just worried about the whole process. I work for a company that is based in America and will need to travel for my livelihood, I also want to take my girlfriend to new York to propose (corney I know).

I've been to the states several times before my caution and i have a mortgage and strong ties to the UK, so I'm hoping all these factors play in my favour when applying for a waiver.

What are my chances do you think Terry, and what is your experience as you seem very knowledgeable.

Kind regards

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

Sorry Andy, my mistake entirely. Big party here in Havana so I was a little drunk and thought your Post #771 was from a new poster entirely. My apologies.

Personally, under normal circumstances I would forget the caution ever happened, wipe it completely from my memory banks and proceed as normal. However, since you might be travelling on business at some point in the future you might as well get the Waiver and be done with it, just for peace of mind.

Bottom line: The US Immigration official will chuckle that you're going through the bother/hassle of the application. With no conviction the officer would have to be an incredible dick to give you any hassle at all. Your Waiver should be rubber stamped immediately. You're worrying about nothing.

Get the Application submitted IMMEDIATELY so you can get this straightened out asap.

Good luck and please let us know how it turned out.


775. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 166 posts) 2y

Thanks Terry - that's okay, I appreciate your response, good party?

Yes ill get on it ASAP, and ill be sure to let everyone know. How do you know so much about this subject by the way?

I was concerned they'd see a caution as an admittance of guilt and therefore view it as a conviction. I guess it all depends on who you get on the day!

Cheers Andy

776. Posted by slim1985 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y


I'm new to this. I was convicted of possession with intent to supply class b (cannabis) in 2012. My GF family have asked me to go on holiday with them to Florida in Sept. They don't know about the conviction.

Would it flag up on the US's system as it is with intent to supply? What should I do? Try a visa or blag it?

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

As repeated over and over throughout this thread it's impossible to venture an opinion when you fail to give the single most important piece of information: Your nationality.

I'll assume you're from the UK. As mentioned ad nauseam the UK does not generally share their criminal database with the US so generally the advice would be to forget it ever happened.

In this paranoid world though nothing is 100% guaranteed so you are rolling the dice somewhat.

That said, if everything you've said is true and there arn't extenuating circumstances and you present yourself properly at the US border then you would have to be very unlucky to run into problems.

Good luck.


[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jan-2015, at 16:33 by CheersT ]

778. Posted by slim1985 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Sorry, yes i am from the UK. I am asian though, do you think they will check me at the US?

Also, how do you know so much?

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

No one can predict what will happen at US Immigration. There is a multitude of reasons that red flag you or initiate additional questions or a trip into Secondary Inspection. There are no guarantees and no black & white answers.

Good luck with the crap shoot. The odds are in your favour.


My experience comes from thousands of Visa applications for film crews all over the world, but especially entering the US and Canada.

780. Posted by sillymistake (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y


About 6 months ago I received a simple caution for possession of Cocaine.

I was on a night out and dont remember a thing past a certain point, I woke up at 4am in a police cell, I had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly, and was in possession of cocaine.

I just wanted to get out of the cell and get home or get to work, so without thinking of the consequences accepted a simple caution.

My life has been pretty much turned upside down since then, and I think the stress of the caution has caused vitiligo.

I'm after some advice if someone can help or point me in the right direction.

1. How will this caution affect my ability to travel?
2. Other than America is there any where else I am likely to not be allowed? eg Belarus, Singapore?
3. Has anyone in my situation ever selected N on the 2nd/3rd ESTA question and successfully got in?
4. If you get visa from the US Embassy, whats the likely hood you would be allowed to get in to the United States?
5. Is business travel affected any more than personal travel?

I've been to the US before, but before all this happened.

Ps I'm Indian is that has any bearing.



[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2015, at 13:26 by sillymistake ]

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