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1. Posted by vsb123 (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Hi

I plan on doing some travelling in New Zealand and Australia around December time. However I was recently arrested and cautioned (not convicted) for possession of a class A drug. Is this going to deem it impossibloe for me to get a tourist visa to either or both countries? Ive heard OZ are quiet strict. I was also arrested for affray but had the charges dropped after police looked at CCTV cameras. Is this likely to work against me too? I know USA sometimes reject applications even from people who had their charges dropped.

Any help or personal experience is appreciated.

Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 6y

I'm not an expert, but from my reading of the relevant websites, you should be absolutely fine. The only thing they look at is "convictions", and even with a conviction you'd probably be let in as long as the total sentence was less than 12 months.

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

On a personal note, it might pay to look at the emerging 'habit' of getting arrested on these kind of offenses. Many years ago, a few friends of mine each got 4 years for affray. Judges just don't like it. Anyway - just my thoughts. Happy travels.

4. Posted by camilford (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

You should be fine - they will not even look into cautions for a Visa (I don't think), but have a look at the Visa application form.

5. Posted by lfcfanuk (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Quoting fabyomama

On a personal note, it might pay to look at the emerging 'habit' of getting arrested on these kind of offenses. Many years ago, a few friends of mine each got 4 years for affray. Judges just don't like it. Anyway - just my thoughts. Happy travels.

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6. Posted by cherrie33 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

It will be fine, I had the same thing and am here in Australia on a WHV, and currently in NZ for 5 weeks