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1. Posted by jimbo3011 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

hi i'm travelling to america at christmas for a holiday with the family, and just heard about the visa needed to enter if u have a criminal record. about three years ago i got a conviction for a minor deception went to court and got a fine, does anyone know the likley hood of me being let in without a visa ? please help!!!!

2. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

Jimbo, If I were you I would talk to someone about it. In this George Orwell land they're either gonna be totally aware of your record or they won't have a clue. If it was a little thing (like at the level of a speeding ticket) forget it. If it was a bigger deal or could be connect with any kind of suspicion of connection with terrorist activity I would talk to somebody (like a Lawyer or something). Keep in mind, if it's nothing you don't want to shine a light on it by going into the US embassy and PROBABLY get an uneducated answer from one of the goofballs that work there. Things are a bit weird in the States since GW Bush tried to become life long King. Zoom

3. Posted by cheaperhol (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Quoting jimbo3011

hi i'm travelling to america at christmas for a holiday with the family, and just heard about the visa needed to enter if u have a criminal record. about three years ago i got a conviction for a minor deception went to court and got a fine, does anyone know the likley hood of me being let in without a visa ? please help!!!!

HI

We sent an email to the US Embassy and got this reply, i get the feeling that all this is based on self declaration, however visitor beware

All VWP travelers agree to accept certain conditions instead of obtaining a U.S. visa. One of the conditions is that they must be able to convince immigration officers when they arrive that they are "clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted" and that they are not inadmissible under any section of U.S. immigration law.

Generally, those who are inadmissible include people who have previously overstayed their period of admission to the U.S., those who have serious communicable diseases, and those who have a criminal record.

People with criminal records are not now, and have never been, eligible to use the Visa Waiver Program.

In fact, the VWP arrival form requires travelers to indicate whether or not they have ever been arrested or convicted as a condition for admission to the U.S.

It is important to note that the UK Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law and the U.S. does not recognize any felony convictions as "spent."

Travelers who have committed minor traffic offenses, like speeding, which did not result in an arrest or conviction may travel visa free, provided they are otherwise qualified.

Pete