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971. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

Hey Julia

Urgh, I had the same thing in 2013 (mine was attempt to possess) - its a shame to see another person permanently criminalized for having a prohibited plant based powder on them, when worse drugs are freely available. Luckily, it will be untraceable on your record by the time your 28.

Read through your application carefully and make sure you've not at any point claimed yourself a dependent financially - remember, you're an adult in the eyes of the law, so id bring your student loan/grant information with you to prove financial accountability.

Let me know how you get on - and may I say well done for taking the honest route - I am doing the same in the coming months.

972. Posted by julia48 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y

Travelman, thanks for your support.
I agree with you, there's no sense to blame people with minor offences that took place years ago.
I travelled recently to OZ, declared my caution and had my visa in a few days without problem. As long as it´s a minor offense and you didn't serve in prison they don't care. I don't want to travel being stressful because I know that zero risk doesnt exist. The consequences of being caught at the arrival can be huge for my future I dont want to be denied for years !
I prefer being honest and travel peacefully. However if theres any chance that the Embassy call my parents I will abandon my visa application and wait until I am completely independant.
I will let you know

973. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

Hi Julia

Fully agree - yeah I went to Oz recently, I didn't even need to declare the caution, as the Visa I requested didn't ask for it, but as you say, they only care about prison sentences and convictions.

I find it somewhat strange that a democratic country such as the US can even ask for people to disclose a record when no conviction by Jury is present. But hey, we're not going to change the world.

Let us know how you get on, or if you don't want to share send me a PM as I'm in a similar situation.

974. Posted by Martyfarty (Inactive 1 posts) 1y

This is a question around disclosure on L1 visa application under a blanket agreement - Uk citizen getting job offer but have 30 year old convictionfor theft-is the dice worth rolling?

975. Posted by johnor1991 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi there,

I go to newyork and las vegas in march 2016. I was caught and fined only for the possesion of cannabis of under 1g. i wasnt arrested or charged i was just given a fine which was paid days after.
I was 16 when this happend i am now 24 yo. Will this affect my chances of getting in to america?
Can i tick no on the esta form as i was under 18?

976. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

You've answered your own question. Tick no.

977. Posted by houmous-enjoyer (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

Anybody have any recent experiences to share? I'm on the verge of initiating my tango with the embassy and I'm worried that it will end up being a complete waste of time and money since my 'indiscretion' occurred only just over half a year ago.

Also, Terry, I'm curious to know how you know that the U.S. authorities are under pressure to emerge from the dark ages? It would appear the opposite what with the recent changes to how they treat cautions.


978. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

Heya Enjoyer

I'll be doing mine fairly soon, i've just ordered my ACPO.

I've heard of plenty of people (albeit online) getting Visa's/Waivers when having cautions in short spaces of time. Mine is coming up to 2 years in August - i'm just going to go for it, i'm sick of worrying about it.

It's likely i'll be granted a 1 year Visa, then after that, it will go to 10 years. However, I am toying with the idea of getting a lawyer (£200 for an hour over Skype...) to get some tips on how to handle it on the day.

The way I read the caution bit was that each case will have to be investigated individually, so it's not just a blanket "all cautions are now counted as convictions", because they are simply not - as no Jury was present.

I'll be taking the plunge soon so I'll get you know...

Julia - did you go ahead with it in the end?

979. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 158 posts) 1y

Plus - we should sort of count ourselves lucky to live in the UK and not the US. I'm through to a final stage interview with the richest tech company on the planet (you work it out), and they've just asked to do a basic disclosure search on me.

A simple caution doesn't show up on this - so happy days :)

980. Posted by houmous-enjoyer (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

Congratulations on even getting so close if it's the company I think it is...! In case of your good fortune, a quick chat with a lawyer may be a worthwhile indulgence. From what I've read, it seems admissions (i.e. cautions) are more or less level with convictions now in regards to alien inadmissibility.

I, on the other hand, am about to begin the poorest few months of my life (just graduated) so even getting my documents and being seen at the embassy will be a scrape financially.

Many many thanks for your reassurances - even from one stranger on the internet it will go a long way to relieve the daily anxiety this has caused for me.