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travelling to u.s with criminal record!!??

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11. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For all the USA shout out about their security hoo-hah excellence, they are very lax with the whole thing generally. It's nearly always the case that the countries people consider to be always catching up, are the ones that have tighter security than the so called more advanced countries.
Glad you had a good'n.

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13. Posted by mac90 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Something which might be on interest to people which came from a FOI request to the Home Office

I've taken an extract but the full response can be viewed from the above link

"The United States authorities do not have routine access to criminal record information held on the Police National Computer nor is the Police Certificate Process routine access to the PNC by the American Authorities. The Police Certificate arrangements are with the individual applicants who may or may not choose to subsequently share the content of the certificate with the US authorities. Further information on the ACRO Police Certificate Process can be found on the ACRO website at and on the application form page of the same website at

The United States authorities are able to seek details of any criminal convictions held on the Police National Computer on an individual request basis through Interpol channels."

so unless your known to interpol you should be fine.

also have a look at the state department guidelines on what is and is not moral turpitude with regards to issuing a visa

14. Posted by Donnap83 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I wonder if someone could answer me this please? My fiancée was convicted of possession of acid 9 years ago. Got a fine. Never been in trouble since. He's since been travelling all over the world, live in Aus for 3 years, and settled back in UK. Thing is, we want to go to New York and get married, I will be able to apply for the Visa Waiver thing, but what about him? He never declared his conviction to any of the countries he's been to either. I don't know what to do for the best???:(

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16. Posted by AVman (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

i don't have a criminal record but i have been arrested for Moral Turpitude. i travelled to the US a few weeks ago (landing in Chicago) and took the decision to tick no on the "have you ever been arrested" box. To my surprise the immigration officer didn't even look at my ESTA form ! I was incredibly worried about it but it all went fine and i would certainly choose that route again.

Hope this helps !

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18. Posted by jay49 ( 0 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am travelling to the US in Two weeks and also have a criminal record involving 'making off without payment' which I think is classed as fraud, I was only given a fine and it was 20 years ago, my son however was arrested for theft just over two years ago, he also just received a fine. Do any of these fall into moral turptitude as requested on the ESTA? I have left it too late to apply for a visa and have read other peoples blogs an have noticed that they have said no on the ESTA and everythin has been fine. Can anyone make any suggestions?

19. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

You answered your own question. "I have left it too late..." Your only option now is to use ESTA. You have to decide to to tick 'yes' or 'no' to the arrest/conviction questions. TP members that have been in prison ticked 'no' and were allowed into the US. That information may be helpful when filling out your paperwork. Good luck.

20. Posted by plumber17 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

This may help anyone with a record,
I have two records for theft going back to 1978 aand 1981, when I tried to get a visa at the London Embassey tin December 2011 they would not give me one on the day and referred my case back to the USA
It has taken until June 2012 for them to grant me a visitors Visa and it goes to show that they will consider anyone with a record