Travelling to US with a criminal record in the UK

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2331. Posted by karenkaren (Budding Member 28 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

just a headsup for anyone getting a cruise out of USA.... as we were disembarking this morning at the Port of Miami and had to scan our sea pass cards, it flashed up on screen for my husband (who has waiver), 'entry denied'. My family was then escorted off the ship by 2 immigration officers, taken to a holding room where we had to sit and wait to be taken to another separate room where our luggage was x-rayed and my husband was asked questions regarding his visa. For us it was just a minor inconvenience as we live locally but I would hate to have been in that situation and rushing to catch a flight!

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2335. Posted by Wallaroo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Hi karenkaren,
I’m assuming the cruise was a round trip from Miami port? Did the cruise check in staff knew about your husband’s visa during embarkation and what questions did immigration asked regarding his visa?

Many thanks

2336. Posted by karenkaren (Budding Member 28 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

yes round trip, they just glanced at all our passports before we got on ship. he was asked about his L1, his job and the company. All our luggage was put thru a separate X-ray machine and more finger prints taken.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Apr-2019, at 12:26 by karenkaren ]

2337. Posted by Wallaroo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Their way of handling things (holding room and separate X-ray) seems really odd. I read that L1 is a work visa? You mentioned that your Husband has a waiver, does he have a criminal record? If yes what’s his record?

Many thanks

2338. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 724 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

> Their way of handling things (holding room and separate X-ray) seems really odd.

Both are entirely normal processes if it is decided that someone needs further questioning and the circumstances warrant further checks of baggage. You'd encounter exactly the same in the UK, Australia and numerous other countries (all?) if it were deemed appropriate.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Apr-2019, at 13:35 by leics2 ]

2339. Posted by karenkaren (Budding Member 28 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Wallaroo

Their way of handling things (holding room and separate X-ray) seems really odd. I read that L1 is a work visa? You mentioned that your Husband has a waiver, does he have a criminal record? If yes what’s his record?

Many thanks

yes this was purely in relation to the waiver (cannibis possession 24 yrs ago). He has secondary processing every time he lands in to the USA but its first time its happened exiting a cruise. Just a heads up really as most ppl would have flights to catch

2340. Posted by Wallaroo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Oh that explains everything. (Thought that people with visa/waiver didn’t need secondary processing)
Thanks for the information.