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

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21. Posted by theoneandonly (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 14 Jul '12 05:26

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 ]

22. Posted by mag1976 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 2 Feb '13 19:13

Hi all,
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 ]

23. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1504 posts) 3 Feb '13 03:43

Reply #1 here:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=93816

Bottom line: Forgetaboutit.

Cheers,
Terry

24. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3527 posts) 3 Feb '13 11:30

mag1967,
You have made your decision. You filled out the ESTA form and will use that to enter the US. I suggest you face US IMM. as if you have never been arrested or convicted of anything. Be confident and I hope you have a great holiday in Hawaii.

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