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1. Posted by LoopyLou123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I’ve applied for a Non Immigrant VISA (due to having a criminal record in the past) and I have got an appt for the American Embassy in London. I’ve read so much info on the process and have prob confused myself!
I have read that at the appt the Consular can make a decision there and then as to grant a visa or not... but I’m also reading that if u have a past criminal record the Consular will say that a “waiver of ineligibility” is required (more admin processing which can take several months).
Im so confused.... Can the Consular who interviews u make the final decision at the interview to which way it goes? Is there a slim chance they could say “yes” at the interview to authorise a visa? TIA

2. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 437 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I think you are asking about US visas for UK citizens?

It's impossible to answer you with any certainty because everything depends on all the specific details of your criminal record, all the specific details of your personal circumstances and on how you present yourself at interview . By 'present' yourself I don't mean clothes (though it's obviously sensible to look reasonbly smart) but your interview answers and how you give them.

> Can the Consular who interviews u make the final decision at the interview to which way it goes?

Yes, he/she absolutely can. The border officer (not 'consular') who interviews you can decide whether to grant a visa (assuming your criminal record allows for this), to recommend that you apply for a waiver of ineligibility or to refuse you a visa.

If you are recommended to apply for a 'waiver of ineligibility' it will take at least 6 months to process via the London US Embassy.

> Is there a slim chance they could say “yes” at the interview to authorise a visa?

Yes, there is a slim chance in some circumstances (e.g. one very minor crime quite some time ago, not involving court and for which only a police caution was received) a visa can be granted on the day..........but that chance depends entirely on the crime/s involved, all your other personal circumstances (including how recent the criminal record is) and is the interviewing officer's decision. If the crime/s involve moral turpitude (a rather nebulous concept which includes crimes which can cause harm to government, people or property) or drug convictions then imo it's pretty certain that either a waiver of ineligibility will be required or the visa will simply be refused.

As you have a criminal record I think you should assume that your best interview result is being recommended to apply for a waiver (they will tell you what to do) rather than even think about the chances of getting a visa on the day. That way if you do get a visa on the day it'll be a lovely surprise but if you're recommended for a waiver it won't be a massive disappointment.

Good luck! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2018, at 08:59 by leics2 ]

3. Posted by LoopyLou123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for replying. The way you have explained this is very clear now. Fingers crossed that I get a good outcome. My appt is in a few weeks time so I will let you know the outcome.

4. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 437 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

You are more than welcome. I hope the interview goes well...and please do come back to let us know what happens. :-)

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6. Posted by LoopyLou123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Me again... I’ve completed and sent my DS-160 application and got appt. I see it says to complete VCU-1 Data Protection Form and email it, but also sign and bring one with me. They don’t give an email address... anyone know? I can see an email address on a site dated years ago but tried using this and it’s no longer valid. Any ideas? TIA

7. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 437 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Are you sure it says to email the VCU? It is my understanding that VCU forms are now completed online, printed out and taken to the interview rather than being emailed.

There is no mention of email in the guide to completing a VCU:

https://uk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2016/08/VCU01_London.pdf

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2018, at 02:30 by leics2 ]

8. Posted by LoopyLou123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Soz for late reply, family crisis.! Thank u for your answer. I did see a site where it says to email but not on other sites so would explain why email address is not valid. I really appreciate your help 👍.

9. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 437 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You're more than welcome. :-)

Fingers crossed all goes well.

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