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Aussie arrested in UK on holiday, can I still get a US Visa?

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

Hi there,

am hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I've been scouring the net for an answer but to no avail :(
I'm from Australia and while on a working holiday VISA in the UK I got arrested. Now this was Very silly of me but being stupidly drunk I was in a nightclub and I went off to the toilet to errr...relieve myself when I walked in on some guys doing some party drugs. Now they were probably in as bad shape as I was and they simply just looked at me, laughed and ask if I wanted any? STUPID me said hell why not and joined then, about 5 seconds later we all got busted by security (yeah VERY VERY stupid I know)

Anyway I was arrested and taken down to the local station, my details were taken, fingerprints taken and I was kept overnight while the effects wore away. I must say the police were actually quite nice about everything, even gave me a coffee and I simply spoke to some kind of lawyer and then was released in the morning quite worse for wear. I had to go back to the station a few weeks later to sign some forms which I was told was more a formality than anything else. I can't really remember exactly what they told me the night I was arrested as it was all a bit HAZY understandably, however I can tell you I never had to go to court or pay any kind of fine, so I'm fairly sure I wasn't actually convicted of anything.
What I'd like to know is that seeing as this happened outside my home/native country of Australia, would this effect me getting into the US for a holiday? I'd hate to be stopped at the American airport and sent back on the next plane home like some horror stories I've heard

I've never ever been in trouble with the police for anything ever before, apart from 2 speeding tickets in 18 years of driving.

Also is there anyway I can find out the details of my criminal record if any (it was over 2 years ago now) that I may/may not still have in the UK? as I am now back in my home country of Australia and have been for a while.

Any help or any info in answering these questions would really be very much appreciated, thanks in advance


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

Go get a police check, i know they aren't that difficult and only take a week or 2. With a small fee, you will be able to put your mind at rest! That way you can see what is exactly on your record. Also, simple as it sounds make a call, travel agents, immigration/ visa experts, they should know the answers! Good Luck

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

Hi kirtyo,

thanks for the quick response. So when you say a police check I assume you mean a UK police check?
I'm not too confident in travel agents as they gave me some wrong information regarding passport and Visa back when I was planning my UK trip, to me most are just interested in selling tickets and travel insurance so I'd rather try and ask those that actually know. From the research that I have done so far alot of people have been able to go on holiday to the US under the VISA waiver program but alot of people have reported that they were told they still needed to get a VISA by their Immigration department when in actual fact other people have posted they traveled the US under similar circumstances without a VISA.....ahhhhh confusing I know
Does anyone know of any links to get the appropriate wheels in motion for organising a Police check if you live outside the UK?

Thanks again,