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1. Posted by Shelley bowles (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hiya all me and a friend would like to come and live in Austin texas but we both have records mine will be three years old and friends will be six years old mine is my only offence and his aswell what will stop us coming ova to live please can any one please help x

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1997 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You didn't say what nationality you are?

But the most likely case is, as a tourist you could chance it and maybe get in for a holiday by lying about your criminal record. To immigrate I think you have basically no chance, even without a criminal record, unless you have a professional job lined up and your employer sponsors you.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2453 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

How serious your past crimes were will be a factor too.

There is an old post for visiting the US with a criminal record. Read some of the posts if you haven't done a search for this. If you are choosing Austin because friends or relatives live there they can do some research too.

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

From Customs and Border Protection:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/736/~/admission-to-the-u.s.-with-either-a-misdemeanor-or-criminal-record

  • * Law abiding citizens of Texas can carry concealed weapons. Texas has a "Stand Your Ground Law" where citizens in situations where deadly force is justified are not obligated to retreat and can shoot bad guys!

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1270 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I'm guessing you're from the UK?

I'm afraid your criminal records will make it impossible to get an ESTA (without lying, which is *really* not a good idea), let alone the type of visa which would allow you to live in the USA.

If you don't want to lie on the ESTA application (as I said, *really* not a good idea), with a criminal record you'll have to apply for a visa just to visit the USA.

I'm afraid you and your friend must put any ideas of living in the USA out of our minds for a good few years yet.

5. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Shelley bowles

Hiya all me and a friend would like to come and live in Austin texas but we both have records mine will be three years old and friends will be six years old mine is my only offence and his aswell what will stop us coming ova to live please can any one please help x

Impossible to comment when you don't even mention your nationality.

Google is your friend.

Cheers,
Terry

6. Posted by bfeder (Budding Member 9 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Well, where you from? i gotta know that first