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1. Posted by Lee_2009 (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

Hi all. Me and a couple of friends are going travelling to Thailand and Australia. We all got our visas for Australia a couple months ago but recently my friend recieved a simple caution off the police. Now a simple caution is not a conviction. What should he do? Would it be best if he mentions it or not seeing as he has already got his visa? Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

2. Posted by Berolena (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi Lee

If I were you I'd check with the police as to whether this 'simple caution' has created a 'criminal record' if yes, the err on the safe side and tell the visa authority, if no then don't.

You could also make a general inquiry to the police or a legal help line, if you've taken out travel insurance as you should have, they often offer a free legal help line for advice.

So to sum up, if a criminal record has been established then my advice would be to 'fess up' if not ....... zip it!

Hope that helps

3. Posted by Lee_2009 (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

He said the 'simple caution' reads that it is not a 'criminal conviction' but will form part of a criminal record. He looked through his visa details that he got once he got it and it asks if you have a criminal conviction, which he doesn't as its a caution. And he looked on the visa site and it says you cannot have a 'substantial criminal record' which basically means if you have been in jail for six months or more or if you have been put into a mental facility. He hasnt had any of these. He's just afraid that if he lets the visa company know, which I think he is. That they are now not going to allow him into the country. Do you know of anyone who has been honest, and has got in or has been denied? Thanks.

4. Posted by Lee_2009 (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

Anyone able to give me any advice? :)

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