Travelling to US with a criminal record in the UK

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351. Posted by disneyprincess1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

PS: Where should i apply for the visa waiver program. which is the cheapest?

352. Posted by Joanne1989 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I thought id share my experience seen as I came on here for advice.

After a long 18 month of indecision I finally decided to take the risk and venture to Florida without a visa

I have a reprimand for shoplifting as a minor

Got to customs after a long flight n started getting sweaty palmed. After a hour n half I finally got to c the customs officer.

Are u carrying food? Answer only sweets
Carrying over 10k? No I wish lol

Did finger prints and retina scan

Little chat about are plans but that was information I gave him without him asking.

Have a lovely time in America ma'am!!!
That easy this time.
Still wont atop me worrying next but will put me more at ease. They're not monsters and it was straight forward but obviously the decision and risk is still urs

353. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

"... They're not monsters..."


Actually Joanne, they're pretty close. ;-) The US CBP + Homeland Security + the myriad of other security agencies = a huge, ugly pile of rotting bureaucracy. Getting red-flagged is not pretty, especially when it's for something that happened decades ago.

That said, your particular situation was (as stated here many times) a complete non-issue right from the beginning.

Glad you had fun.


PS Thanks for the kind words, disneyprincess. Tranquilo and have a gas.

354. Posted by brunette118 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I was wondering if someone would be able to give me a bit of advice.
I have been on this website for sometime now reading all the posts however im still unsure on my own situation.
Myself and partner are looking to book a holiday for this March to New York, however he has a criminal convection for cocaine intent to supply this was charged nearly four years ago but didn't get convicted untill 2 years ago. He did not get a prison sentance but was ordered do to 300 hours community service.
I seen that Terrys previous posts state if it was a minor offense that did not occur in a prison sentence to forget it happened, but I was wondering if that would be classed as a minor or a major offensive.
Thanks in advance

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Oct-2012, at 05:42 by brunette118 ]

355. Posted by hel71 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi, looking for some advice and 1st time on a forum. My husband and I went to Florida 1998 and on the plane he filled out a form and said he had no record. He recently was crb checked for my sons scout group which has come back with a theft conviction when he was 17 which he had never told me about (this was 32 years ago) he was give community hours for this. We have been saving the last few years to go to Florida next year and I now don't know what to do. It obviously never showed up when we went before as we were never asked any questions over it and don't remember being fingerprinted then. I am worrying as this was before 9/11 and obviously security is very different now. Can anyone help please. Many thanks.

356. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I normally let 'Cheers Terry' handle these inquiries. Yours is an easy one. Both in UK & US juvenile records are sealed. Any problems before you turn 18 are not available to US Immigration Officials.

Use the same procedure as before. He can tick 'no record' on the entry form as juvenile offenses do not count. Have a nice holiday in Florida.

357. Posted by hel71 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much mike, you have put my mind at rest.

358. Posted by MAC001 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I have about 4/ 5 convictions which all resulted in fines (no prison time or community service).
One of them is a driving offence which resulted in a court appearance and 6 points. The others are for low level criminal damage and public order offences. I am from the UK (this is where recieved them all). The offences happened in my early twenties (I am late twenties now). I was going through a particularly bad patch in my life and have since moved on.

I have read and understand a lot with regards to what information is shared between the UK and US with regards to criminal records but not a lot on what criminal records information the UK shares with Canada, if any? I would like to travel to both countries at some point in the future and am still deciding how to go about it but would appreciate some advice from people who have travelled both to the US and in particlar Canada?

359. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Treat both countries the same in terms of what the UK shares from their criminial database.


360. Posted by suresh6873 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Terry,

I had a franchise business (Petrol Station) which was not doing too good and lost about £25000 in 4 months, I brought this issue to the regional manager and he just gave a deaf ear towards my problems and did nothing for a year. In the meantime I had lot of pressure from lender whom I initially took loan to start this business. The company had my deposit of £40,000 which I asked them to release so that I can pay the debt off but they refused to do so, I then decided to keep the fuel money for 3 days and pay off the debt which I did and informed (stupidest thing ever did in my life) police saying that I had been attacked and the money had been stolen. This is the one and only criminal record I have and ever intend to have one
Police found out that in no time and got me arrested. I had been arrested on Jan 2011 under convicted of “Theft by an Employee”
I had been given 36 weeks and suspended for two years with £1200 fine and 180 community hours which I had paid and done the community service.
Because I’m not eligible under waiver visa I had applied through the embassy on 3rd December and got rejected under “moral turpitude” I think section 221(a). I am looking for a change of place and wanting to go to US next year to work. I had seen in your posts that you do work permits, what chances do I stand to apply for work permit or a visiting visa.
If you to process work permit can you be kind enough to provide me further details to my email

Any advice would be appreciated, many thanks again

[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

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