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1081. Posted by agee1107 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Ok, so since I posted, I've read this whole thread from start to finish (should've probably been working though ;))

Firstly, thank you to CheersT for all of your input. If it wasn't for your constant reassurance that being turned away is unlikely (but no guarantees), I'd be having major anxiety about the whole thing.

I don't really have any option but to risk the ESTA as I don't really have the time to faff around with the embassy etc. I know that I shouldn't really use the word faff because it's my own doing really but, if we're honest, it is.

I will certainly be back to let everyone know how I get on. It's a shame that not everyone asking the questions have been back with their stories, it might give Terry a bit of a break.

Anyway, thank you all. It's been a very long but very informative and interesting read

1082. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 210 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Agee - please do let us know how you get on, when are you going?

Also - Oz doesn't care about arrests/convictions/cautions unless you went to prison for a year. There's a misconception that Australia has the toughest immigration laws - they most certainly do not.

Kind regards

1083. Posted by agee1107 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I forgot to thank you for your input too travelman! You've pumped a lot of time into this thread too!

I'm going in January, I'm nervous but there's nothing I can do so I've just gotta try and forget about it.

Yeah, I noticed that Australia was pretty lax really. Especially after telling them twice that I had no convictions etc then going in a third time saying I had. I was just wondering if they would share that info with other countries, I doubt they do because I can't imagine they share it with themselves

1084. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 210 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

No worries, us "hardened" crims have to stick together :)

I think as Terry has said, if it's just a holiday, your chances of being stopped, questioned, and thrown in jail while an interpol request is put through is somewhat slim. Deep down I really do believe that the US stance on immigration is a cash cow, or, they are just trying to create a data base on everybody, i see very little reason other than that.

No, Australia won't share their data with the States, only Canada does that.

1085. Posted by Hopefulpeace (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello I am canadian and I went to UK for a visit, was convicted for certain crime and was deported after spending 3 horrifying days in the jail.. After I came back to Canada, immigration officers started harsh interrogation but fortunately I was let go with a warning.. And they informed me no criminal record will be placed. However, I've got this black cross over the UK stamp in my passport and I believe that's the meaning of denied entry.. Will this have affect on me when I travel to US? I really dont want to be interrogated ever again.
Today I've recieved a letter from DBS saying they will put me on their list and I have a choice of making representation.. Im in a healthcare field and I am really paranoid/devastated if it will affect my pursuing career. I was very irresponsible of my action and I deeply regret it every single day....
If anyone can give me input on this it will really really be great...
Thanks again

1086. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I don't know if it will help, what with computer records & such, but you could get a new passport - at least the black cross would not stand out like a sore thumb.

1087. Posted by greeners29 (Budding Member 24 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Just an update really. Like many others I came on here looking for advice and decided that for me going down the visa route was the best option.

After going through all the requirements I was issued with a ten year unrestricted visa.

Well next week will see me go on my third trip to the US and I have yet to have any problems at immigration because I am entering on a visa.

I know it's a hassle getting it but the piece of mind it gives is worth it.

1088. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 210 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hopeful peace

Were you convicted, cautioned, or just arrested? What did you do? You need to be specific.. when you say DBS, do you mean Disclosure and Barring service?? This is a UK system of back checking, so it wouldn't affect your employment in Canada... as you said, no criminal record has been placed on you in Canada.

However, you HAVE been deported from a country, and you WILL need to declare this overtime you apply for a visa for any country you wish to visit - including the US.

Hasbeen - no this will not help.

Greeners29 - Many thanks for taking the time to come back and tell us your good news, we need more posters like yourself sharing this information. Could you please however remind us what your conviction/caution was, and how long ago?


1089. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Travelman99,

Hope you are well. I just wanted to ask you about my situation. I have a criminal record charged under theft been given 36 weeks suspended sentence on 18/05/2011, 180 hours community service and 1200 fine which I have completed successfully. It is not exactly as it sound on the paper. It was the business money I used for my personal use and lied to the company saying the money is lost and I myself called the police saying I had been robbed where they found out it was false for that I had been locked up and sent to Crown court where I had been convicted.

I'm a British Citizen and applied for Australian eVisa and it is granted for a year. Do you think I will have issues on landing? Do I need to declare about my criminal record on the landing card? Or just keep my mouth shut and enjoy my family holiday. As per disclosure calendar it will be spent in January 2016.

Another issue is that before I found this great sight I applied for B1/B2 for US worrying cos of my criminal record and they have straight away denied my entry under CIMT and didn't even allow me for waiver. What chances Do I stand If I apply for a waiver of inadmissibility?

Since then I'm working and have a good job earning 50k and completed my Masters degree with distinction, married and a child of 6 years. Wife and daughter visited three times without me cos of my situation. I desperately need to take my Daughter to Disneyland Florida in 2016 which i promised her to go with. Only thing is I don't have a mortgage. I had a house until April 2014 which i sold it.

Thanks a million for your patience and advice


1090. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Suresh

Thanks for your mail - happy to help, although in future please post on the forum as it's handy for others in the same situation.

You don't need to worry about Australia, they only care if you're been to prison for a year.

In regards to the US, they take CIMT very seriously, especially fraud as it shows dishonesty - also, and i'm assuming based on your name, they will also discriminate against those who are not white. This is of course terrible, but the US are paranoid, and are known to racially profile.

Not sure what the draw to Disneyland or Florida is, there are much nicer places in the world to take your Daughter - however, if you have your heart set on this, you are welcome to apply again for your B1/B2, although as in my previous posts, you will need to prove ties to the UK, such as good savings, a job, family, and your excellent education. You need to prove that your one moment of greed does not define the person you are. Giving to charity also helps.

It happened a while ago so I'm confident you should get a waiver, but you cannot apply for this yourself, you will need to go through the embassy again, and if you convince them you are reformed, they will put you forward for one. This will take 6 - 8 months, so you may need to think about it soon.

I hope this helps.