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1. Posted by Jordan C (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hey guys

I've just won a competition that gives me 4 nights in 2 different Haunted Hotels in Santa Monica...

the thing is I have SPENT UK criminal convictions and a couple of recent ones for no tv licence! I hear of so many people ticking the no to convictions box on the VWP and getting there without problem.

I know that a machine readable passport didn't used to link to UK but has this changed? I never win anything and I don't want to miss a great holiday as it's time limited as to when I can take it!!

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

You should probably contact the US Embassy and see if you need to apply for a visa because of what you mention.

3. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 7y

Spent convictions (don't exist in the US), but generally do not need to be declared...however the US would consider them relevant.

Mojorob gave you the best advice...contact the embassy. They will give you accurate and real advice.

They do not have access (direct) to your convictions, but it only takes a call. Despite what some people think, any information can be obtained from almost anywhere with a request. Some people lie and have no problems, but if you get caught then you're really screwed.

Ask the embassy, that is your safest bet. I don't think you will have a problem given that they are spent convictions anyhow. If you have some felony convictions, this will seriously hamper you efforts.

4. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I highly doubt they can just check. If a company wants to do a check on you, they have to ask for your consent and the details are sent to yourself and then you pass them on. If you ring the embassy don't give your name.

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting s96024

I highly doubt they can just check. If a company wants to do a check on you, they have to ask for your consent and the details are sent to yourself and then you pass them on. If you ring the embassy don't give your name.

A little paranoid not to give your name when enquiring!

Information is being shared more between certain countries, and this includes the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Actually, almost every call that comes into a US embassy is recorded (and people are not told this). There is no reason to give your real name--just ask your question and find out your answer.

I'm of the same opinion as kevandshan. If your conviction is "spent" and if it is for a misdemeanor offense, then this is unlikely to affect you coming here. But lying--if they find out--can prevent you from ever setting foot in the country.

Good luck.