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851. Posted by anonymous15 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Thanks CheersT, it did take many hours of reading but I was really looking for peoples success stories or rejection.

My only worry is that if I go for a waiver (I think that is the best route) then if I get rejected thats me screwed for many years?

The offence was "Communicating a copyrighted work to the public in the course of a business"

I was showing sports events in a public place and a large UK provider was not happy about it, even though I had none of their material on show. Anyway lets not get into the full details.

It really was so annoying, because if they told me to stop doing it, I would of, instead they arrested me, put me through 2 years of hell in and out of court, and now I have a record against my name which could effect my future.

So in short, should I apply for the waiver? If so I will look to get the ball rolling

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Mar-2015, at 02:03 by anonymous15 ]

852. Posted by mod18 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Has any one on here actually been turned away from the us?

853. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 1y

Almost no one is coming back and checking on this bloated thread mod18, but I've dealt with dozens and dozens of people who been refused entry into the US. It happens thousands of times every year.

Cheers,
Terry

854. Posted by mod18 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Thanks Terry. Much appreciated

855. Posted by anonymous15 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

CheersT I have a question, what would I need to be legit going to America to work for 5 days? As this is the time I would be there, fly out on a sunday, fly home on a thursday....

Our company is UK based but have a US office, and I have the chance to go for some training and a visit, so I might as well apply and see what happens, it would be amazing to go!

Can I go on an ESTA?

Also question, when people are applying, are they giving the same answers as what they are giving on say the cards on the plane? AKA a NO? Or does the application go to the UK first?

Sorry I am new to all this so hopefully I dont sound to stupid...!

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2015, at 17:56 by anonymous15 ]

856. Posted by anonymous15 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Looking under the ESTA it appears I could apply for that as it says short business trips, it also says the below about criminal convictions:

Have you ever been arrested or convicted for a crime that resulted in serious damage to property, or serious harm to another person or government authority?

AND

Have you ever violated any law related to possessing, using, or distributing illegal drugs?

I can answer no o that anyway? Does it ask for minor charges? Sorry, never paplied for an ESTA before so not sure on the process

Looking online everywhere it seems the crime has to be moral turpitude, and I cannot find anything anywhere saying copyright is moral turpitude.... So can I lawfully tick no on the ESTA?

This is a nightmare! I only want to visit our US office and all this stress and hassle! I think I will just apply for the ESTA and see what happens

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2015, at 18:45 by anonymous15 ]

857. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 1y

"... I think I will just apply for the ESTA and see what happens..."

Bingo.

Good luck and have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

858. Posted by anonymous15 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Quoting CheersT

Bingo.

Good luck and have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

I am just so confused if I tick yes or no to the criminal bit :( My crime does not come under moral turpitude so do i tick no?

After looking at the esta application form I am going to hit no, just fingers crossed I get accepted. I will do it tomorrow as its 2am here!

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2015, at 19:10 by anonymous15 ]

859. Posted by anonymous15 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Just so you know CheersT I applied this morning being what i feel is 100% honest, as my crime does not come under moral turpitude and I got accepted for the ESTA straight away

860. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 1y

Fabulous.

Cheers,
Terry

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