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1. Posted by uglow89 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

uglow89 has indicated that this thread is about Visas (USA)


Me and partner are getting married next year in mexico, and for a suprise I have (stupidly without thinking) booked a cruise around Alska for our honeymoon to fly straight from mexico to vancouver with a connecting flight in usa.

He has a conviction for ABH in April 2006 which he got community service (He was a stupid drunk 21 years old), He was turned down for a visa in sept 2009 to travel to florida with me and my family as they said it was too close to the conviction and it involved moral turpitude.

Now I have stupidly gone and booked a cruise of Alska for our honeymoon not realising he is going to have to go through it all again and apply for a visa. It will be 7 years since his convicition and hasnt been in trouble with the police since.

Any idea what his chances are this time? I cant bare the heart ache again of not being able to go and the money wasted.

Has anyone experienced anything similar

Please give me some advice!

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 4y

First of all, don't use abbreviations like ABH because no one outside of the UK will understand what you're referring to.

Secondly, no one can answer your question because Actual Bodily Harm covers a fairly wide legal range of seriousness and 7 years is still absolutely not in the clear - it's sitting exactly on the fence as to whether enough time has passed to make him admissible.

Going to an Immigration Lawyer is a waste of money because they will have no additional insight, calling the Embassy is a waste of time - no one there can predict how US CBP (Customs & Border Protection) will react.

If you still want to go on the cruise your only choice is to apply again and see what happens.

Good luck.


3. Posted by big phil (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Uglow, Terry really seems to know his onions and once again he's offered good advice on this subject. There is another thread on this forum where you can read other travellers experiences. Can i ask how your partner applied for a visa last time & what happened in his interview (if it got that far). Im in a similar situation myself following a jail sentence for football violence 10 years ago & im always interested in other peoples stories on this matter before i pursue my visa application.
Good Luck with the wedding.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 4y


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7. Posted by big phil (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

seems strange how Uglow has asked for advice and then dissapeared off the face of the earth!!!

8. Posted by big phil (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

uglow, what have you decided to do about the wedding?

9. Posted by Asad1212 (Inactive 5 posts) 4y

Nice discussion but not interested for the giving opinion for the marry...

10. Posted by nscdntraveller (Budding Member 16 posts) 4y

I'm not sure about the US, but here in Canada you can apply for a pardon and have it all cleared from your record. I know it does cost about $500 here in Canada to apply for the pardon.