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821. Posted by clairec1982 (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

Hi,
i have just joined. I have read about convictions and going to the USA. My wife and I want to go to New York for christmas 2015, but I have a criminal conviction.
when I was 15 I was in a childrens home. I was bullied to scratch a key workers car otherwise they would beat me up. I got caught doing this, I was arrested and charged for criminal damage. I went to court and I got a 12 month conditional discharge which is now spent.
I was arrested but never charged for drunk and disordly and breach of the peace when I was 17 and 18 years old.
How would this affect me getting a esta visa and fingerprints in New York.
thankyou
I am more mature since then. I have children and a wife. We have been to Mexico 3 times with no problems but I am scared about getting turned away at New York :(

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

As has been mentioned countless times throughout the thread you start by withholding your nationality and the crucial information as to when the convictions happened. In any case I'll assume you're from the UK.

Your trips to Mexico are immaterial. The reasons behind your convictions are immaterial too.

As has been stated ad nauseam throughout the thread under normal circumstances the US can't access the general criminal databases from the UK. The only database they have direct access to is Canada.

That said, since your convictions are minor and (I assume) they happened quite some time ago and you're travelling with family and the trip doesn't happen for almost a year then your best bet for peace of mind would be to jump through the bureaucratic hoops and get a Waiver of Admissibility.

If everything is as you stated it should be a very straightforward process with no hassles. At least this way you can go on the vacation with no added stress.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

823. Posted by clairec1982 (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

Hi yes. Im 32 now. They happened when I was 15, 17 and 18 years old and yes I am from England.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jan-2015, at 12:38 by clairec1982 ]

824. Posted by clairec1982 (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

May I ask what is the fingerprint at the airports for? Would this bring up my previous convictions on their screen? :(

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

Fingerprints are required so you can be entered into the US database.

As mentioned over and over and over and over (Post #822 above) under normal circumstances the US can't access the general criminal databases from the UK.

Cheers,
Terry

826. Posted by clairec1982 (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

Ok thankyou. So if you look suspicious then will they question you, I know a silly question to ask? Sorry to ask but I want to know everything before booking a 5 thousand pound holiday.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2015, at 12:50 by clairec1982 ]

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

"... So if you look suspicious then will they question you?..."

Of course they will. It's the Immigration officer's job to question anyone who looks suspicious.

Cheers,
Terry

828. Posted by clairec1982 (Inactive 5 posts) 1y

Ok thanks.
Ok so for example when I get there and I am in the queue ready to get fingerprints etc done and they mentioned have I ever been arrested, should I be honest and say yes, however I believe them not be moral turpitude.
As my convictions are not under the moral turpitude list.
or should I say no.
what would other people say and do?

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2015, at 13:45 by clairec1982 ]

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

Clairec, you're making this too complicated. No one can tell you to lie, no one can tell you be honest - and it's immaterial what other people would do. You've been given all the info possible that applies to your situation under the circumstances. It's now your judgment call as to how you want to handle it. There are NO guarantees.

That said, why don't you simply follow the advice in Reply #822 so you can make the trip with complete peace of mind?

Cheers,
Terry

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

Temporary Waiver of Inadmissibility:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-192.pdf

Cheers,
Terry

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