Travelling to US with a criminal record in the UK

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661. Posted by Tightrope (Budding Member 29 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


These are crimes of moral turpitude. The charge below the age of 18 will be discounted, so you can forget about that. As for the others you will need to apply for a visa. Have you thought about going to Spain instead?

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Mar-2014, at 02:44 by Tightrope ]

662. Posted by Gopher (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I have an additional query to the usual criminal record questions. I overstayed a visitor visa in 1994 by 8 months which means that I should have been banned from the US for 3 years. I then went to prison for theft in 1999 for 6 weeks. I've since grown up and got a family and a career etc and they want to go to disney and New York. If I tick the no box for the criminal record will I automatically be up for interrogation because of the visa issue? I'm guessing yes but any advice would be welcome.

663. Posted by deepe3 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I looked at this board back in january before I booked my tickets to Miami for a bachelor party, I have a record for assault ABH in which i was convicted in 2012. After some anxious thinking and scrutiny i decided on booking my ticket anyway

i can confirm that i had NO trouble with immigration officials or at customs, just one or two questions which were asked in regards to what i do and the purpose of my trip. The only thing negative was the long wait in the que.

i cant say for sure that if i go to USA next time i will or will not get caught for a random interrogation. but i would say roll the dice, i didnt see anyone at immigration go for a "random search" either (im asian and expected a search). maybe because its miami but who knows.

just so happens i had the best holiday i have ever had and would go again.

hope this helps

664. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for confirming what I have posted here over and over and over and over again...

Glad you had a gas.


665. Posted by John Mcleod (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone ,

I've been following this thread for a while now and It's been a great source of information for me and others with criminal convictions in the UK looking for advice on travel to the US.

Thanks again to Terry and the others who have taken the time to post useful information .

I just wanted to share this link (from another website) , It has a number of 'success' stories of people entering (with multiple convictions) having ticked 'NO' on the ESTA , and various other stories /experiences. Not sure If i'm allowed to post this here but here it is if anyone is looking for piece of mind and wants to have a scroll through -


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667. Posted by grin1408 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I'm due to appear in court at the end of July being charged with possession with intent to supply, and I plan to fly to USA in June. As I wont of been charged with anything yet, will this affect me getting in? I am a bit anxious that my fingerprints were taken the night I was arrested, and I know these get scanned when entering America. Does anyone know what the fingerprint data actually holds? ie is it anything to do with the crime? I read elsewhere that it is taken when entering to stop you overstaying your visa but I am unsure if this is true.

Thanks for the help!

668. Posted by pink0783 (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


My husband and I have just returned from the US and just to say that travelling with a Waiver of Inelegibility is stress-free and pretty simple. All the airport staff were polite and courteous and were nothing but helpful. There are no seperate queues at Orlando airport as some people suggested.

We intend to return to the States next year and my husband will be applying in November for his ten year Waiver.

I suggest to everyone considering ticking 'no' on the form not to. I was speakng to someone in security in the USA who was saying how strict the border is and that even he thought it was OTT as just a few weeks earlier they actually sent someone from the UK back to the UK because he had ticked 'no' and they did a random check (& and apparently he seemed a little off when at customs) so they called Washington to do checks on him and found his record that way.

IF you get questioned at customs (which they do at random) and you can't lie well, they will do a background check and they will find out about your record. You will then be denied entry indefinitely. For the sake of a couple of hundred pounds and planning in advance (as the whole thing took us about 8 months) its just worth being honest.

Good luck and happy travelling ;)

669. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

If you meet the requirements and if you have lots of lead time to get the paperwork sorted then of course jumping through the hoops makes perfect sense.

Glad your trip was a success.


670. Posted by rekky (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Has anyone read the acpo guidelines for preparing your police report. Crimes are categorized into a b and c categories and also differentiated by age and conviction type, juvenile/adult ...non custodial / custodial etc. Well according to these guidelines non of the offences in question (A mate has opportunity to join us on our next florida trip and has some convictions from his youth) would be entered onto the police report that is generated for immigration u say yes to criminal convictions on esta, presumably get refferred to apply for a b2 visa which requires you to furnish the embassy with said police report when you go for interview.

so whats the point?

check faq on acpo website and look under what is put on your police report, and look for the step down model link

confused . Com

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jun-2014, at 14:02 by rekky ]

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