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1. Posted by pmdw (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ok, I'll try and explain this briefly.

I was caught with cannabis in 2002 and received a €300 fine (including conviction on my record).

In 2004, I was planning to go to america on holiday. I did a bit of research & decided not to take the risk of "ticking no" on the Visa Waiver form.

I didnt want to take the risk of arriving in the states & being shipped back home. I thought I would be honest.

I applied for a non-immigrant visa in the embassey in Dublin. This was about 3 weeks before I was due to fly out. At that the time the embassey was only having interviews on Wednesdays. My first interview I was told that I needed the ruling from the Court & they told me to come back the following week. They also took my thumb print. When I went back I realised that the judge had written cocaine instead of cannabis on the letter. The embassey were not impressed and said I had to get it changed.

Since I had only one more week to sort out the visa & book the flights/ hotel, I decided to not to travel.

Looking back now I know it would of been safe to travel & tick no on the Visa wavier form. But now they have my thumb print, so this is not an option..

I am planning to travel to america next summer for a week. I want to find out what my chances are. I've searched for this on the internet & fine a lot of people in the same situation. But I never seen a reply on if they were approved a visa. I would like to know if anyone out there has got a visa with drug convictions.

Many thanks

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Since there is now a record in the embassy of your past application, how the next application is processed is anyone's guess. I'd advise trying to get this underway as soon as possible, to allow yourself more time if you need to jump a few more hoops. Speculating on success rate won't change anything really, because unless you put through the application, you're quite certain not to be able to secure the right visa to travel. Nothing to lose there, no?

3. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member 199 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

That really sucks that the wrong drug was noted, what a critical mistake. A friend of mine had been out of work for months and couldn't figure out why interviews that went so well never landed her a job. Then one human resources manager called her to ask about the details of her arrest. She was shocked, she has never been arrested. A little research revealed that a parking ticket had turned into an arrest record (and no doubt lost job opportunities) because the officer had simply checked the wrong box.