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1. Posted by Catgirl60 (Budding Member 3 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Hi, hoping someone can help me, 32 yrs ago I was a green card holder usa. I had a conviction for 12 days for possession of a minute amount of cocaine. I served 15 days in jail, in fla.

Couple months later, I was with a friend who got a into trouble for prostitution a few yrs previous.
We were at 7/11 and when we walked outside store this guy grabs her and says vice..

Took me too. Charged me with it too. I was married to a military man, with a adopted daughter.

I served 12 days,plead guilty as I needed to get home..My marriage ended, got divorced..several years later came back home to uk.

My daughter stayed in usa..She hated uk. I want to visit now..Anyone help me please. Tia

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1115 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I assume you are a UK citizen.

You served a prison sentence in the US for drugs and another prison sentence there for prostitution, to which you pleaded guilty. Both offences took place a long time ago but you still cannot tick 'No' to the ESTA question about drugs offences. Prostitution is a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) so you cannot tick 'No' to the ESTA question about criminal offences. As your crimes were committed in the US I'd very strongly advise you against lying on the ESTA (as many people with UK convictions seem to do). I think it very likely that ESTAs are checked against US criminal records, on application and/or prior to entry.

As you aren't eligible for an ESTA you'll need to apply for a visa via the London or Belfast embassy. No-one here or anywhere else can tell you for certain what might happen because all cases are dealt with on an individual basis. You'll need to attend an interview and the interviewing officer will make his/her decision based on all the details of your past and present circumstances.

This page has helpful information about how to provide the required information about convictions in the US:

Given that you served a sentence for drugs (in particular) I think there is very little chance of you getting a visa on the day of your interview. But, if the officer is satisfied that your all present circumstances are sound, he/she may recommend you for a 'waiver of ineligibility'. Processing waivers of ineligibility takes 6-8 months via London and is a bit quicker via Belfast. If the waiver is granted you will be given a visa, though its length of validity depends on the official decision.

Those are the facts but I'm afraid the only certain way to find out whether you'll get a visa is to actually apply for a visa.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2019, at 11:02 by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Catgirl60 (Budding Member 3 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!


Yes im in the uk. I have decided not to lie on esta, i shall apply through visa b2 and see what they say.

Thanks for not judging and your reply.


4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1115 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I applaud your decision not to risk lying on the ESTA.

It's not our place to judge others. I certainly don't: I just give the facts to the best of my ability.

I wish you the very best of luck with your application. Please do come back and let us know how things go on. :-)

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

In your situation I think lying on the ESTA would be a very dangerous thing to do.
You'll definately be on their system and I'm pretty sure you would sent straight back for doing so.

As leics2 says, it was a long time ago and provided you can show them that you're not that person anymore and present yourself well then I'd be surprised if you didn't get a waiver.
But there's no guarantee.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2019, at 14:09 by Andrew Mack ]

6. Posted by Catgirl60 (Budding Member 3 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Andrew, no intention of lying. Im hopeful to get a waiver as I want too see my daughter,grandkids and great grandkids..

I can prove I have had a clean,wholesome lifestyle,so hope it's goes in my favour. Never been in trouble again.

Thanks cat