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1. Posted by ompatters (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

hey everyone iv never used this before or anything like this as a matter of fact but here goes.

basically im 21 me and my friends have booked 5 nights in vegas in september this year, however in 2009 i drove my friends car up the road an crashed stupidly.

obviously got arrested and i didnt have a driving license so i was cautioned by the police for I THINK reckless driving but im not 100% on what the caution was for. then i had to go to court to see what happend with my driving licence and sure enough i got a 6 month bann and 150 pound fine for driving with a license or insurance...
now i know everybody asks can they get away with just saying no on the visa program but i dont want to risk that i am going to book an interview at the embassy.

my question is with all that being my only and first offence what do you think the chances of me being alowed are? do you know anyone thats done alot worse and beeen alowed in? along those lines.

thanks for any help you give me.

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 4y

This subject has been covered numerous times.

Check out the following threads:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22639

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=60609

3. Posted by i-natalie (Inactive 4 posts) 4y

Hello, Question is asked too many times with lots of wrong responses

I work in travel, Have done since being 18.

The U.S do not hold any information on the PNC, only interpol, The international police basically, You can go on interpol yourself and see what kind of 'fish' U.S immigration are fishing for.

Its VERY unprofessional for me to even be recommending this. But, Hypothetically, if you were to tick no on your visa esta or no on the card you have to fill in on the plane and acted relaxed at customs in the U.S, they would NOT know.

Once at work, A passengers passport I scanned flagged up a message to contact interpol for clearence, Her last name and first name matched a women wanted by interpol, They weren't the same person so she was free to go on holiday.

If you have a criminal record, you should apply for a visa as its the right thing to do, so Well done. If you don't and you lie, If you ever wanted to work or live in the States, you'd have a hell of a time explaining to the embassy why you had previously travelled to the states with a record, Because its Visa fraud.

Interpols also to help find missing and exploited children/persons.

If they believe you to be 'dodgey' they can do further backround checks through interpol channels (i.e, Believe you to be hiding something but claim you are not known to interpol)

I think you'll be fine, I've known an individual get a visa for a similar crime, He got a 10 year visa, just be genuine with them.

(By the way, I only went through all that to save people saying to you not get a visa and to tick no, For other members to start rambling on about the U.S having access to the PNC or to say they got sent back, because theres always more to the story)

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Feb-2012, at 07:35 by i-natalie ]

4. Posted by Chocolate88 (Budding Member 6 posts) 4y

Hi i-natalie

Thanks for your post - there have been hundreds of threads on this subject and by the time you get to post 1001 there has been the same thing said, then disputed, then disagreed with about 50 times. What i have wanted to see for a while is someone who actually KNOWS the facts by either working in travel like you etc...

My dilemma is slightly different and a bit more complicated.

I was convicted of theft from an employer around 11 years ago - it was £30, i recieved a 12 month conditional discharge and got a fine. So to be clear, i was convicted.

Its looking likely that i will be travelling to the usa with work, meaning they will be taking my passport details from me and arranging all the flights etc.

What, in your opinion, in the likelihood that it will flag up that i have a record? i am half tempted to make up a reason as to why i cant go to the US so that it avoids the issue/risk completely - telling them about my record isnt an option.

Do you have any advice?

Thank you

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 4y

Quoting Chocolate88

Hi i-natalie

Thanks for your post - there have been hundreds of threads on this subject and by the time you get to post 1001 there has been the same thing said, then disputed, then disagreed with about 50 times. What i have wanted to see for a while is someone who actually KNOWS the facts by either working in travel like you etc...

The problem with this question and why you see so many conflicting points, is it comes down to an immigration officer making his/her own discretionary decision. He isn't obliged to let anyone in if he feels he has reason to deny them. There is no fact one way or the other.

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