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1881. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 211 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Springy15 - yes may have been, i recognise the name!

I was going to say, you’re more likely to be stopped at the UK border than the US. But you’ve identified that your conditions do not require you to stay in the UK - so this shouldn’t be an issue.

In regards the US - you already have an active ESTA which means you are essentially cleared to fly to the US, but does not guarantee you access, but ultimately there is no need to reapply.

In regards to the main question - will your alleged assault stop you from entering the US - the answer is no. Firstly the US will not have sight of the charges laid upon you. You are not wanted by the police, or a terrorist, and therefore there is very little chance you would show up on interpol checks. Furthermore, the US is much like the UK in regards to being “innocent until proven guilty: Therefore, from a legal standpoint you havent been cautioned or convicted of the alleged crimes. This obviously doesn’t apply to some areas like terrorism though etc.

In short - you’re free to travel as long as your bail conditions have stipulated you can.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Mar-2018, at 10:49 by travelman99 ]

1882. Posted by Springys15 (Budding Member 11 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Great thanks very much appreciated as always

1883. Posted by b1234 (Budding Member 3 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I received a caution for having one extreme image that had been shared on social media

Would i still be allowed in to the US? it doesn't come under Moral Turpitude?

1884. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 332 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

>Would i still be allowed in to the US? it doesn't come under Moral Turpitude?

No-one here or anywhere else can tell you for 100% certain whether you will be allowed into the U. It's not quite as straightforward as as 'it doesn't come under moral turpitude', because that's a rather nebulous and flexible concept.

If you were arrested before being cautioned it is up to you whether you choose to tick 'No' for that question. No-one else can make that decision for you and no-one here can tell you for certain whether sharing an extreme image could be considered to cause serious harm to another person.

It is generally agreed (though not 100% certain, of course) that it is highly unlikely the US authorities will have any knowledge of, or access information about, your arrest or caution. But if you think you might want to apply for a US visa in future (for e.g, work or study) you should be aware of the possible consequences of lying on an ESTA application. This link gives relevant information

http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/travelling-to-the-usa-the-esta-form-and-moral-turpitude/

1885. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 211 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

^ Agree with Leic2.

Although - we are assuming that the extreme image wasn’t anything terror/hate related.

Cheers

1886. Posted by b1234 (Budding Member 3 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting travelman99

^ Agree with Leic2.

Although - we are assuming that the extreme image wasn’t anything terror/hate related.

Cheers

It wasn't terror/hate related

the problem is i travel in 4 weeks so won't even have time to apply for a Visa

just anxious that i get there and a chance i can be deported but thats natural i guess, i worry in life in general anyway

1887. Posted by travelman99 (Respected Member 211 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

If it makes you feel better, a lot (majority) of people that have posted on here just tick No on the ESTA and have sailed through.

Lying on your ESTA is only likely to bite you if you ever chose to emigrate to the US.

1888. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 332 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Or if you need to apply for a full visa for e.g. work or study purposes.

1889. Posted by b1234 (Budding Member 3 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

i doubt i'll even travel to the US again so i guess it isnt a problem if they don't let me back in, i just don't want to be deported when i get there haha

1890. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

It's funny how the initial thread was created 11 years ago and is still active today? I think most countries don't really do a cross-reference on criminal records unless you've been blacklisted by your own country as dangerous or something along those lines. Typically if you were a dangerous person or looked suspicious, wouldn't your own country have stopped you from departing in the first place?