From visa to esta

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1. Posted by Amberspy73 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys
Newbie here
Was after anyone experience of going from b2 visa to esta
I give you background
12 years ago hubby applied for visa as we over thinking esta questions on stupid teenage thing that happened 35 years go
Was fined by police for breaking doorknob next room in a B and B where he and friend was living at 18 years old
Nothing was taken etc
Cos of this we decided apply for visa
Looking back we definitely over though it
Now to present day visa ran out
Police records has NO TRACE and also CRC checks at work has nothing on it
And honestly answer everything in esta
But think his worry is cos he had visa previously a esta is a risk
Would taking paperwork help
Are we over thinking it 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2410 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

This is a worldwide forum. I'll hazard a guess you're a UK citizen talking about a visa for the USA???

If he was previously granted a visa I don't see why there would be anything to worry about.

3. Posted by Amberspy73 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy
Yeah from uk going to USA 👍
Visa has expired but we over thinks it when we apply due to bad advice
Thinking of doing esta as no trace etc on reports
And we would done this first time around
But it’s lesson learned
Think the worry cos he’s has had visa before that customs mite question it etc
Hope that makes sense

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5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2410 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

In the ESTA application, if I'm reading an up to date version, you have to answer the following questions. (I've just listed the ones that seem relevant to this.)

2. Have you ever been arrested or convicted for a crime that resulted in serious damage to property, or serious harm to another person or government authority?

From your description I reckon he will be comfortable answering "no" to that?

7. Have you ever been denied a U.S. visa you applied for with your current or previous passport, or have you ever been refused admission to the United States or withdrawn your application for admission at a U.S. port of entry?

Again I think that's a "no".

I don't see any reason why you can't use an ESTA.

Having said that, I'm no particular expert, just a traveller. In your position I'd be getting the ESTA and not worrying about it. Perhaps someone else will come along and spot a problem that I don't see.

6. Posted by Amberspy73 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

In the ESTA application, if I'm reading an up to date version, you have to answer the following questions. (I've just listed the ones that seem relevant to this.)

2. Have you ever been arrested or convicted for a crime that resulted in serious damage to property, or serious harm to another person or government authority?

From your description I reckon he will be comfortable answering "no" to that?

7. Have you ever been denied a U.S. visa you applied for with your current or previous passport, or have you ever been refused admission to the United States or withdrawn your application for admission at a U.S. port of entry?

Again I think that's a "no".

I don't see any reason why you can't use an ESTA.

Having said that, I'm no particular expert, just a traveller. In your position I'd be getting the ESTA and not worrying about it. Perhaps someone else will come along and spot a problem that I don't see.

hi Andy
Many thanks for this
Your definitely right though and I’m overthink it
First question is he was arrested but NOT for serious damage nor any one was hurt so I can write no
🤔

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3256 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>But think his worry is cos he had visa previously a esta is a risk

The stumbling block here is that his previous visa application and records can and probably will be accessed when he makes an ESTA application.

ESTA approval is neither instant nor automatic. My own ESTA applications (5 so far) have taken from 1 hour to 24+ hours to come back.

I hope I'm wrong but I suspect because his previous visa application was made because he had a criminal record (whether necessary or not is irrelevant) may mean the ESTA application isn't approved and he'll have to renew his visa.

I do hope I'm wrong........

[ Edit: Edited on 1 Sep 2021, 16:29 GMT by leics2 ]

8. Posted by Amberspy73 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>But think his worry is cos he had visa previously a esta is a risk

The stumbling block here is that his previous visa application and records can and probably will be accessed when he makes an ESTA application.

ESTA approval is neither instant nor automatic. My own ESTA applications (5 so far) have taken from 1 hour to 24+ hours to come back.

I hope I'm wrong but I suspect because his previous visa application was made because he had a criminal record (whether necessary or not is irrelevant) may mean the ESTA application isn't approved and he'll have to renew his visa.

I do hope I'm wrong........

Hi thanks for replying
I must have not been clear sorry
He’s hasn’t got a criminal record and can prove this with ACRO
It was caution but me being nerve didn’t want him get esta at time ,he never applied for one ,at the time we confused about questions
But now thinking even if old visa was pulled up he’s nothing to hide and can take proof 😊

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3256 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>It was caution

When you accept a caution you are legally acknowledging your guilt.

>But now thinking even if old visa was pulled up he’s nothing to hide and can take proof

You misunderstand.

If his visa records are accessed during the ESTA application (as they almost certainly will be) the application may be denied because he applied for and was granted a visa. Having a visa isn't usual for UK tourists who want to go to the US. The main reason for applying for a US tourist visa is because the person has a criminal record.

If his ESTA is approved there is no need to take any proof, though doing so may put your mind at rest. US border officers won't be interested in looking at any documents if he has a valid ESTA.

[ Edit: Edited on 1 Sep 2021, 16:44 GMT by leics2 ]

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