I hope someone can help 'cause its make my head hurt thinking about it!
I have a trip booked for Easter to New York with a group of girlfriends. I have a minor conviction from 4 years ago so i'll need a visa. I did contemplate not declaring it, but being an honest person that would be racked with guilt, i decided to do the right thing. So i obtained my documentation from the police national computer, rang the embassy to book my appointment but was told that there were no appointments available until April (and my trip is in March). I was only told this AFTER i had to give my passport number, and personal details.
So now i have no idea what to do. If i risk it, will immigration now have all my details waiting to get me as i land in USA? I didn't give flight details but I am really worried. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
The first thing that the US does when you arrive is run you through passport control--and the first thing they do there is verify that your visa is valid and that your passport is also.
I'd say you have a bit of a dilemma alright.
The US are super strict. We had problems flying home from Dublin as a huge WARNING notice came up when they swiped our passports (my b/f has a British passport and they claimed he was trying to sneak into the States as he only had a one-way ticket to Montreal). If you're caught, they will fine you a few thousand dollars and make you pay your ticket home on the next available flight. I don't know if your particular case is an exception, but they don't take kindly to people trying to do anything remotely sneaky. Those guards suspect everybody of everything.
Thanks for both of your replies. Since my post I have managed to get an interview date for next week in belfast, so fingers crossed.
Good luck with your interview and let us know how it went. Many have asked about visiting the US with a conviction. It will be good info to hear what happens to you.