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.
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 http://www.acpo.police.uk/certificates.asp and on the application form page of the same website at http://www.acpo.police.uk/Certificates/Application%20Form%208.doc
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
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???
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 !
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?
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.
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
Does anyone know what would happen if you got to US Border Control and were denied. Do they put you on the next flight home at your expense or their expense. If I was in that situation, I'd falsely plead poverty just so they'd pay. I was convicted of a breach of the peace back in 2004 and although it has expired (UK: Rehabilitation of Offenders act) I was told quite clearly when I phoned the US Embassy's visa information line that Rehabilitation doesn't apply to visa law (ahermm...) for this reason I decided against visiting America. Not because I was scared of being refused a visa, but more the fact that I would have to fly to London or Belfast (from Edinburgh) and visit one of their Embassy's which would be a holiday within itself (I'm not going on a holiday to find out if I can go on a holiday). I'm not an armed robber, child mollestor, terrorist, granny basher, or arsonist and they want to 'screen' me! Remember, if they don't want your money there's plenty of other countries you can visit. Especially if you're British since you're an EU citizen and you can visit about 20 other European Union countries visa free. TBH, I think it was a blessing in disguise I decided against it. I visited Paris instead and have fell in love with the city so much I'm learning French for my future visits. I'll be flash with my cash there, America's loss On a final note, I've heard Canada and Australia are more relaxed providing a good few years have passed since your last conviction. You also have to apply for a visa, but you're far more likely to succeed if you have shown a long period of good behaviour.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2012, at 05:35 by theoneandonly ]
I have had few convictions for minor shop theft ( under $50 ) about 10 years ago and one more recently about 4 years ago, all of which I pleaded guilty to and hence convicted. I was always fined, never jail time. All of this I have now thankfully put behind me. I am an Australian living in Australia and committed the crimes in Australia. My family and I plan to travel to Hawaii and I now hear my criminal past may be a problem for me. I filled out the ESTA forms which all got approved, but on my form I ticked no to the arrest for moral turpitude section, because I was unsure at the time what moral turpitude was.
I am reading now that some people just choose to say they havn't been arrested and that the US have know way of knowing unless you tell them otherwise. I'm unsure of what is the best path for me to take here, just don't want to spoil my wife and kids holidays. Any thought or experiences appreciated!
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2013, at 19:20 by mag1976 ]
Reply #1 here:
Bottom line: Forgetaboutit.