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

What does that mean from here onwards, are there still cards on the plane to fill out or does that mean I am good to go now?

I guess the difference between me and others here is the whole moral turpitude, I can safely say I answered honestly, where as others arrested for shoplifting, fighting etc can not.

862. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 160 posts) 1y

Technically you're supposed to declare ANY arrest and/or conviction if the maximum sentence is over 2 years in prison. My caution for attempted possession of a class A is not a crime of moral turpitude but I still have to declare it. Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if your crime was of MT as you were stealing copyrighted material and using it for gain.

You've said no on your ESTA now so that's that, stop comparing yourself to other people with convictions and arrests to make yourself feel better, a crime is a crime.

Besides, the US has absolutely no access to UK criminal records unless requested via Interpol, so you're worrying about nothing.

I am having to declare mine as I need to go to the states with work, although the risk is tiny that ill ever be found out, its a paranoid world, especially in the states, so id rather not take the risk. If it was just for a holiday, I wouldn't care.

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

Fair enough... Well mine was no where near a 2 year prison sentence...

"a crime is a crime" True, however if you knew the full extent you would realise I am far from a criminal, I was not "stealing" any material, the material itself had no copyright. However a larger company decided they did not like what we was doing and used power to take us down.

Dog eat dog world, either way. I agree, and thanks for the advice. Fingers crossed all goes well for you and you get the results you want...

864. Posted by madmic6660 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Good morning all

I have got what I believe is a different situation than most people here so I will ask and I hope someone can help.
I am contemplating transiting the USA on route to mexico, yes, I have a criminal record, let me explain and i hope I can get some clarity
I have a record from when i was younger for theft
i have a minor conviction for possession of cocaine,
i believe have warrants outstanding for my arrest for attempted deception, failure to attend court and breach of bail, i know it sounds bad.
I have applied for an esta and ticked no to everything and been approved for it and I am wondering if i can make this trip to the USA for transit only, or will the usa check the database for me and my conviction, will i be flagged at the airport are the us and uk connected, i have traveled many places in the world for the last 7 years from exiting the UK and I have een had a new passport issued by the uk whilst abroad.

I am not sure if anyone can answer the question but it is worth a try


865. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

1.) There is no such thing as transit in the US. Even if you're just catching a connecting flight you must legally enter the US and go through their full Immigration/Customs procedures.

2.) "... or will the usa check the database for me and my conviction, will i be flagged at the airport are the us and uk connected..." That question has been addressed dozens and dozens and dozens of times ad nauseam throughout this thread. Read Post #845.


866. Posted by jameserob (Budding Member 38 posts) 1y

Does anyone know what the situation is with a Working Holiday Visa to Australia? I want to apply for it at the end of next year. What sort fo questions are asked about criminal records? Are any cautions/convictions accepted? What do Australia have access to? I'm in the UK by the way.

867. Posted by happybeet (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y


I am an Indian citizen and have a criminal record of shoplifting in Hongkong (4 years ago) for which I paid the penalty and was not convicted. I want to understand if this will show on my passport while traveling to US and Canada or applying for a Canadian PR. Please help.

Thanks in Advance

868. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

It will not show up. Forget it ever happened.


869. Posted by happybeet (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Thanks Terry. But they did take me to the station. They refused to give my passport, recorded my statement and then took my finger and handprints and asked me to go to the court the next day for some hearing and to pay penalty. I went to the court next day, made the payment, got my passport and took the next flight home. Will this be flagged on my passport when it's checked during immigration?

I am sick worried. Please help

870. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 1y

Reply #868 is accurate.

Your Passport is your country's official travel document and identification. It does not store criminal database information that happened in a foreign country. The Hong Kong police have absolutely zero ability to tamper with a foreign Passport and somehow secretly embed their own information into it.

You're worrying about a 100% non issue.


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