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791. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

Unfortunately it denotes nothing of the kind. The US State Department couldn't care less what a state legislature does. The sale and possession of marijuana is legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and that legislation has zero impact on State Department policy.

It's a sad state of affairs, but that's how the US works.

Cheers,
Terry

792. Posted by Noworrymore (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Hi terry and others that may no my situation or may have been through it I am a uk citizen , i didn't think I was doing wrong before hand of my visit I just returned back from the usa on the esta there was no worry because I didn't no I was breaking the law. The customs and border is simple you scan your own passport on arrival and then go get fingerprinted then collect your bags and go through bag inspection took a matter of 10minutes from walking off the plane. I now have relised I i wouldn't of been able to travel on the esta because I have criminal damage and assault by battery which I have looked into and is not serious crimes. My girlfriend lives in the us and I now have plans on marrying her and living there in about 8years time after her univervity and living visit In the U.K. what will happen and how will I go about this I have been told so many different sorts of my future such as marriage will make stuff a lot easier. It would be 10years by the time I plan this since my records I was 18 when they happened I am now 21 . Please don't jump down my throat and assume I haven't read the thread because I shore have and I believe this situation hasn't been talked about over it thanks you seem to no your stuff so this is why I am here asking best of information would be appriciate.

793. Posted by Noworrymore (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Also sorry I forgot to say I have a gutentee job and living over in the USA is there ways to go about this im shore a lifetime ban wouldn't happen

794. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

Allow several years to pass then apply for a permanent Waiver of Ineligibility before you move to the US.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

795. Posted by Noworrymore (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Okay thanks Terry you seem to no your stuff I thought the waiver questions was asking about serious crimes that's why I ticked no, but to these people worrying relax seriously this thread shouldn't have the same questions being asked if your not wanted and are going for a holiday go I wouldnt suggest it it's more intense before leaving UK than going through customs. But also Terry what rites would I have after marriage to a USA citizen and a gurentee job? It's more of a manager shop owner employment because my girlfriend will be running her own buisness much appriciated for the advice though.

796. Posted by The-time-is-now (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Gosh I can't believe how many years this thread spans!

I was eagerly scrolling page after page, hoping to come across replies from people with convictions who gambled and went without declaring.

I went to New York 10 years ago without a record but now have one. Got convicted of benefit fraud. Basically I was working a low income part time job and so got help paying my rent (housing benefit). However, I went back to uni and received student loans. Bit because I didn't declare my "extra income" i was done for fraud. A loan isn't extra income if I have to pay the thing back! My solicitor didn't fight my case at all, so the judge probably thought I purposely shafted the system.

Anyone, im dying to go back to the states and have been for 10 years. After reading hours of replies im gonna just go for it and try my luck. Either way it'll put me out of the misery of not knowing!

797. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

As stated many times nothing is ever a 100% guarantee but the chances of you having issues are minuscule.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

798. Posted by KHandRB (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y

I asked for advise here a year ago and got no where but here it goes again, My family ( Mum, Gran, Granda and Boy friend) are wanting to book a holiday to Florida we haven't been there since I was a kid but me and my boy friend have both got criminal records so i don't want to chance not getting a visa even though I have been told they won't stop us. My gran won't let us tell the travel agents even though my mum wants to. I really need advice I'm so stressed that we won't get visas

799. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

"... I asked for advise here a year ago and got no where..."

Actually you were given very specific advice from Tightrope at Reply #661: "... These are crimes of moral turpitude. The charge below the age of 18 will be discounted, so you can forget about that. As for the others you will need to apply for a visa..." You never came back onto the forum or posted any other questions.

I will follow up by saying with your domestic disturbance and assault charge - then your boyfriend's weapon conviction and break & entering and the other unnamed charges - and with all this happening in the last few years that your chances of having a Waiver of Inadmissibility issued are slim to none. You and your boyfriend have too many convictions and they are all too recent.

Frankly your only option is forgetting that any of this happened and to roll the dice. Since the UK doesn't generally share their common criminal database with the US your chances of running into trouble are slim, but of course nothing is 100% guaranteed. You would have to be very presentable at US Immigration and cross your fingers.

Lastly, telling your Travel Agent about this is meaningless. A Travel Agent has no power whatsoever over entry into the US.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

800. Posted by KHandRB (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y

I could only see one reply and that wasn't it and I replied to the reply I got. we were drunk teenagers and now we are in our 20s we stay out of trouble got qualifications and are working on our careers so will that get taken in consideration and my boy friends weapon charge is no longer on his record due to him been 15 when it happened also my aunt and uncle went to Florida last week and when they booked the travel agent asked about visas and gave them a website to get waiver and the same happened to my gran and Granda when they went New York last year that's why my gran brought it up I can't chance it because I have anxiety about certain things like I can never be by myself unless I know some one which I am working on but i doubt I would mange getting deported by my self with out freaking the * out and my gran would be kind of peed of at me for not being responsible and myself in poop again my domestic disturbance charge the police just about didn't charge me because it was so ridiculous but the PF decided to and my solicitor that we lots money for well basically agreed with the PF ( the free one we got in the past was better) but if embassy gets to see the report that might help I don't know much about the process and we would have to go to London due Scotland not having one this all such a pain in the butt

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