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1. Posted by Ireallywannago (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi all, I was wondering if you could help? I had a conviction back in 2002 for theft with a 6mth custodial sentence-serving 6 weeks. I've planned a holiday to Florida for October 2014, but before I got talking to the family about it, I done my esta visa application online and where it asked about convictions I said no as my conviction is now spent. So I thought all was well and me and the family started talking about it and we have planned everything and sorted everything so we went ahead and booked our flights and deposit for villa ready for next year. I came across something about the esta being Exempt from the spent convictions? OH MY GOD, now I'm really worried that I've done something wrong, I must apply for a visa now, but I'm really worried that they won't let me go and my family's dream holiday will be stopped, and my kids will be devastated. My kids don't know about my conviction? (Partner do). When I apply for the visa I will explain to them in the interview that I said no on my esta cos my conviction was spent but it wasn't until after I read that the esta includes spent convictions. What do you think my chances are of even getting a visa to go for 2 weeks to florida.
Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1651 posts) 1y

First of all, all questions of this nature should include crucial info like your nationality, which passport you hold and in which country the conviction happened.

That said, I'll assume you're from the UK and if that is the case you should get the Visa Application happening right now so you have lots of time to smooth out the wrinkles at the US Embassy. Unless you run into a total dick they'll understand your confusion with the original application and the Visa should be no problems - IF it's only the one conviction and it happened 10+ years ago and you've had zero issues since.

Hopefully you can get the Visa and have this handled without anyone having to know anything.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Ireallywannago (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi terry, thanks for the reply, sorry I forgot that bit. Yes I'm from the UK, born here, I hold a normal passport? If that makes sense, had my first passport in 2008, (to go to disneyland Paris) and the conviction was in the uk, and I've had no other issues, made 1 mistake, but have paid for that for the last 11 years, no one ever seems to forget, even tho I understand as they need to do these checks.
So to start off, I need to fill out an acro, then the Visa online, then make an appointment, and go to that,
Thanks

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1651 posts) 1y

It shouldn't be an issue.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry