I'm going to do the same as you and get a Visa. Lying doesn't sit right with me and I don't want to limit my chances of future travel.
With the right documents and proof of rehabilitation the states wont turn you away.
If you're going to do it though, do it soon, as if your crime comes under "moral turpitude" you will need to get a waiver of inadmissibility - these are generally approved but I've heard it takes up to 6 months now to get one.
is domestic violence a crime of moral turpitude?
Travelman - are you confident with your chances of not having to get a waiver? I've found a few accounts across the web since the law change of people with extremely minor drug offences having to wait 6+ months for a waiver, and none being straight up granted a visa.
Confident, no, optimistic, yes.
It all depends how I play it at the embassy as I wasn't found with any narcotics on me, I took a caution because I've not been in trouble before and I was terrified, I just wanted to get out of there.
Could you link me to these stories?
Please also see the below - it seems although they have changed it somewhat, there is still a chance, with the correct approach, that one may be eligible for straight up Visa. I assume a Lawyer may be handy for this approach, expensive, but handy.
"There are different types of cautions, including conditional cautions and cannabis warnings. U.K. authorities have issued different guidelines over the years governing procedures for cautions, conditional cautions, and cannabis warnings. Therefore, the determination as to whether a police caution would have constituted an admission for 212(a)(2) purposes has to be made on a case-by-case basis after the consular officer weighs all the evidence available in that case"
Ok heres a tricky one to throw at you and reading all this youve got me worried!!
Background history im 44 living in uk but born in canada and on a canadian passport. Got arrested about 20 years ago for theft from employer. No prison time just a fine.
Going to New York in Feb so am I ok to go? What do I need to do?
Thanks in advance.
Where did the theft happen?
High St store when I was a kid. Looong story.
I meant what country, but I'll assume High Street in the UK.
In that case your question has been answered countless times. Have a look at Reply #845: