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951. Posted by curleyqueen (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

I'm confused I'd asked couple of time bout my situation but didn't seem to find the answers I'd sent in all my paper work to the embassy in London throu fax copy of my passport police record which said no live trace then I was told to make an appointment for interview which I then decided not to bother ,so last week I emailed the embassy in belfast to see if I needed to get all the paper work again they emailed me back said no record of me applying for an interview so then I emailed back explained it was for London they emailed back again and said there is no record on either London or belfast ,so contacted again said I sent in my acro etc and again said there is no record in my name what does this mean I sent everything in court papers the lot I got bar code to a form d something next step was the interview which that's the only bit I didn't do was book interview so can anyone explain what happened to all my paper work if there saying there is no record of my name can I then apply for esta and tick no to being arrested going on what the embassy has told me

952. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 145 posts) 1y

Quoting julia48

Hi travelman
Thanks for your reply. Indeed I am applying for a non-immigrant visa I plan to visit a friend this summer
I had my caution only 1 year and half ago I hope the officer won't consider it as a too recent event
Fingers crossed

Hi Julia

It's highly unlikely you'll get your waiver in time to visit your friend if you're going this Summer - if you're only going to the states to visit a friend, and you have no wish to settle or work there, I would forget it ever happened. But, as Terry has said many times, although it's unlikely you'll be caught out, nothing is 100%.

Kind regards

953. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 145 posts) 1y

Quoting curleyqueen

I'm confused I'd asked couple of time bout my situation but didn't seem to find the answers I'd sent in all my paper work to the embassy in London throu fax copy of my passport police record which said no live trace then I was told to make an appointment for interview which I then decided not to bother ,so last week I emailed the embassy in belfast to see if I needed to get all the paper work again they emailed me back said no record of me applying for an interview so then I emailed back explained it was for London they emailed back again and said there is no record on either London or belfast ,so contacted again said I sent in my acro etc and again said there is no record in my name what does this mean I sent everything in court papers the lot I got bar code to a form d something next step was the interview which that's the only bit I didn't do was book interview so can anyone explain what happened to all my paper work if there saying there is no record of my name can I then apply for esta and tick no to being arrested going on what the embassy has told me

Sorry this is a little difficult to read - from what I can translate, it seems you haven't filled out the necessary forms online to book your interview. Go to the American Embassy website you're looking to visit (belfast, London etc) and fill in the relevant forms and book in an interview. Once you've booked your interview you take all your paper work in with you and they decide if your eligible for a Visa.

Just faxing things to the embassy won't get you a visa.

954. Posted by curleyqueen (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

No I did the forms online sent copy of passport etc then was given a barcode and told to book interview which I did book but then canceled but when I contacted the embassy they said there is no record of me I had to fill in the forms online send them back and they contacted back said ring to book interview ,but don't understand how I have 3 emails to say there is no record of me

955. Posted by curleyqueen (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

So will they not know on file all the info I sent in or will it be there somewhere

956. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 1y

Dear curleyqueen,

With all due respect you've been asking these questions for a couple of years now with your situation changing all the time, including being turned down for an ESTA.

If you want any real advice you need to have a friend write out one post that very clearly and concisely explains your situation in detail. Your posts as they stand now aren't making any sense. Thanks.

Cheers,
Terry

957. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 1y

Dear travelman99,

Sorry about my slightly drunk comment a page or two ago wondering who you were. After a while all the names start to sound the same on this mammoth avalanche of a horrible thread. Please excuse my brain fart.

Good on you for all the exceptional research you've done. You have a really firm grasp on the issues, thanks for being such a great help.

All the best to you.

Cheers,
Terry

958. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 145 posts) 1y

Hi Terry

No worries, I'm in a similar situation (attempted possession caution) so I've been doing a lot of research on the minefield that is US immigration law. I think, I've found a loop hole in my situation, as it states that if the max prison sentence that can be imposed is 1 year or less, then I won't be inadmissible - in US law, the maximum sentence for a first time offender found (or attempt) with cocaine is 1 year and a fine... I'll see how I get on when I apply. What are your thoughts on this (UK Citizen, happened 2 years ago).

Also - it looked like you needed a break from replying :)

Kind regards

959. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 1y

I know for a fact that your reasoning doesn't fly when it's a Canadian trying to enter the US, but the US CBP, etc. has been under a lot of pressure lately to move out of the Dark Ages and into the real world - a world where a tourist with a simple non-violent conviction and no substantial jail time obviously presents no horrible threat to the safety of the great US of A.

Good luck with your application, I hope it clears with no issues.

If you ever get to the Rocky Mountains in Canada (Calgary) or my second home in Havana, drop me a line and I'll buy the first 20 rounds.

Cheers,
Terry

960. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 145 posts) 1y

Hi Terry

Second home eh? You charging Travellers Point for keeping this thread going? :)

Interesting news about the US being under pressure around immigration policy, I'd be keen to understand more about this - I guess they're just worried about loads of nut jobs walking around their country with guns... Oh... Wait..