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11. Posted by Sophie Alex (Budding Member, 5 posts) 9 Jan '13 01:59

Quoting Isadora

Sophie, Your profile does not state your country of origin but this thread may be of help:

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

Not every entry is related to entering the US from the UK. It's a lot of comments but it also covers a lot of useful information about our system.

Isadora, thanks for your reply - I am confused after having read though the whole thread - no where is it clear whether or not one has to declare a juvenile confiction - and on the visa waiver form it does not mention juvenile convictions - so wondering if I need to apply for a visa at all?

Sophie.

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 9 Jan '13 09:08

You can do it either way, Sophie.

Personally I would forget it ever happened, period, but if you're a nervous traveller then go ahead and apply for the Visa - it'll be a rubber stamped approval, no worries.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

13. Posted by Sophie Alex (Budding Member, 5 posts) 5 Feb '13 09:00

I have applied for a visa and have an interview in 10 days time - I have had to obtain a police certificate and complete a form VCU 1 giving as much details as I can remember re my stupid mistake some 40+ years ago. I have worried about this so much that now I shall be glad when the interview is over - so nervous. I will post my result after the interview in the hope that the information will help others!
Does anyone have any knowledge of how likely it is that I will be granted the visa on the day of the interview? Or is it likely I will have to wait the 6 months it takes for the Department of Homeland Security to consider the application?

Sophie

14. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 5 Feb '13 17:44

Your situation is so inconsequential that even most of the heads-up-their-butts US officials will laugh that you even bothered to apply so the turnaround should be very fast... but who knows... since you (mistakenly in my opinion) decided to open up this can of worms you could be unfortunate enough to end up dealing with a dick who will now want to delve deeper into your past. It could go either way, but I hope it's fast for you.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

15. Posted by yankeedoodle (Budding Member, 4 posts) 25 Feb '13 11:01

Hi Terry

You kindly answered a query on this thread in early January. My husband went for his visa interview this morning and was told he was successful, they kept his passport and said he would be receiving a 10 year visa.

However, to my shock I have turned on the computer this evening to find an email from the US Embassy saying that they are unable to proceed with the visa application as they need clarification regarding the ACRO Police Report. As the Report shows "No Live Trace" they are unable to continue processing the visa application until they can clarify what the underlying convictions are.

Then say in heavy type "You are required to provide details of ALL convictions/cautions/ warnings/reprimands/arrest".

Do you have experience of this happening to anyone else? We sent a copy of the ACRO Report with details of the conviction via email before the appointment. Can you shed any light on the matter? Would it be that husband has forgotten something and it has flagged up? Would they have not checked this before saying he had been successful this morning?

Wait to hear and thanks again.

16. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 25 Feb '13 12:14

Dear yankeedoodle,

Your situation is exactly why I cautioned Sophie earlier in this thread to not open up this can of worms... I hope she is luckier than you... there is NO reason to stir the pot unless necessary.

In any case there is no way to answer your question. Who knows what red flag came up. Who knows which brain dead bureaucrat from which US security agency hit the wrong button on the keyboard thus confusing the computer. Who knows which left hand is not talking to which right hand.

I hope it's a simple matter and that you get it straightened out without much hassle.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

17. Posted by Sophie Alex (Budding Member, 5 posts) 6 Mar '13 03:18

Hi, just posting to say my interview at the American Embassy in London lasted only a few minutes - it was as you said Cheers T - 'a rubber stamp'. I was granted a 10 year multiple entry visa so now I will be able to travel to see my daughter in New York:)

Everyone at the Embassy was courteous.

Thank you for the advice.

Dear Yankeedoodle, I got the distinct impression that the Embassy staff have to follow certain guidelines and processes even when they are happy to grant the visa - and so I hope your visa will be granted once they have finished their paperwork. Good Luck.

18. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 6 Mar '13 10:56

Thank you so very much for reporting back, Sophie. That's fabulous news and I wish you the very best. Have a great trip!

Cheers,
Terry

19. Posted by yankeedoodle (Budding Member, 4 posts) 13 Mar '13 07:29

Terry, we should have listened to you!!!

Said husband "forgot" about an earlier conviction. It seems Embassy decided to do checks after the visa interview!!! Went to embassy with one conviction but now have three - the third being misrepresentation re. the "forgotten" conviction.

Husband been recommended for a waiver with a 6 month+ wait.

Disneyland Paris here we come!!!!

Yankeedoodle

p.s. Sophie, glad all worked out for you :)

20. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1499 posts) 13 Mar '13 12:08

Thanks for the follow-up Yankeedoodle, it's always nice to know what happened. I hate to say I told you so...

Hope you have a great time in Paris instead.

Safe travels!

Cheers,
Terry