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11. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

US Customs cannot access UK (or other country) criminal records as in this case. Unless you are on alert for something more serious. They can access the information with a simple phone call, but you will be fine....they will ask you on your waiver form. You should be honest, however they probably will not know or find out. If you are honest, probably won't be a problem...but that is your call.

12. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

yes...but if you are honest on that form and you dont have a visa for your daughters incident with the law then you are violating there laws.

you would be best not admitting to the problem and just pretend you didnt know that your daughter had the record...either way they would send your ass back. so best to lie. unless you have a visa already granted from the usa embassy which you dont.

be warned, if you get caught. its not so straight forward in just sending your daughter back on the next plane.

they will seperate you both! dump her in a interrogation room, and could be in there for up to 8 hours! you will know nothing! and will have no idea what is going on, she could be on the next flight home! you wont know...and you will be left in limbo.

i know this because that is what happened to the girl that i knew who outstayed her visa...and that was before sep 11 attacks.

mind you...depends what kind of immigration officer you meet. i have found all the ones that i dealt with quite ruthless.

13. Posted by Emma86 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I seem to be in the same situation as you, we have booked our holiday to Orlando for April this year. My boyfriend was charged for common assult when he was 15. He is now 20 but we are quite concerned if this will be a problem getting in to the US for our 10 day holiday. I would be greatful if you could let us know what happens when you travel next month with your Daughter. Also, being only 20 and very nieve can anyone tell me how I go about obtaining a Visa and if it is too late for our trip in April to declair this criminal record? Another problem is that we are living in the Canary Islands in Spain, would we have to travel to the UK to apply for the Visa?

14. Posted by purelife (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I know for a fact the US holds a copy of Canadian criminal records. The department of homeland security has access to the same database as the RCMP. I don't know if there is a partnership with the UK and US, but keep in mind that the DHS considers it illegal to enter the US without a US entry waiver no matter what country you are from.

It is very common over here in Canada for Canadians with criminal records who are wishing to travel into the United States to apply for a United States entry waiver. If you do decide to enter the US with a criminal record you there is a risk of arrest, dentention or being turned back at the border.

If you guys check out http://www.canadianpardons.ca they have information on how you can apply for an entry waiver before you guys decide to travel to the border.

Seriously, don't risk it losing your plane ticket because your agent will NOT be liable. There are too many horror stories out there to list.

Just get peace of mind.

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