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71. Posted by Gwenna (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

What a nightmare!!!!!!!!!
Three of us got our visa's my husband was refused point blank for a crime committed 45 (yes 45!!!!) years ago. He didn't even have a custodial sentence.
He is a pensioner now, not even a parking ticket since, is a good upstanding member of our community, been employed by the same company for over 35 years. Do they in all honesty think this old (ish) man could be any threat to them - really!!!!!!!!!!!
Gutted is not the word!
They told him he would be eligible for a "waiver if ineligibility" because so much time has elapsed since the crime but will take 6 months minimum to process. Why they could not use their own common sense on this at the time of the interview is beyond me.
Beaurocracy gone mad.

72. Posted by SnowSorceress (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone help me please. Booked to go to Canada in September. I have convictions for shoplifting and theft from 1977/8. Got 2 years probation and then community service. No convictions since. I know I can apply for deemed rehabilitated and possibly get ETA so I can travel. If I do can I be refused entry in Canada? Will they know I have a record. Very worried I might get sent home.

73. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

As usual with these kinds of questions you fail to mention the single most important piece of information: Your nationality.


74. Posted by SnowSorceress (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Terry, thanks for responding. I am British. Everything i have read says unless a person has served a prison sentence of more than 10 years you can be deemed rehabilitated if convictions were minor and spent under UK Rehab of offenders act 1974 so i should get ETA. Can immigration effectively overrule that at the airport and deport me even though i've been deemed rehabilitated? Don't want humiliation of that.

75. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

For minor convictions with no jail time that are so old your paperwork will be rubber stamped, no worries.

I don't know how much of a back-up there is at the Canadian Embassy so get the application in asap so you get it cleared up.

Enjoy Canada.


76. Posted by SnowSorceress (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you. The whole process is ridiculous. I have to get a police certificate and then my court record for minor crimes 40 years ago and then submit them. Don't know how long it takes. Also have to write letter of submission. Why can't convictions so minor and so long ago just be expunged. Millions of people have minor convictions or cautions. In UK comvictions are stepped down after 10 years but kept on police records until you turn 99 or die!!! Unbelievable. Something should be done about this
It's ridiculous especially as for a lot of countries they don't even bother about criminal records ie fellow EU countries and Africa.
It causes so much stress and anxiety.

77. Posted by California97201 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Hi Terry,

I wanted to thank you for this thread, and for continuing to respond after years have passed since the original post.

I am American and in 2012 was arrested for a DUI. I paid my fines and in 2014 had it expunged (which in the US does not mean that the charge is erased, but means that you are legally entitled to say that you have never been convicted of a crime and do not have to disclose it to employers). I am hoping to trave to Japan later this year, and they appear to have a reputation as a country that "cares more" about criminal offenses. I'm wondering if, based on your research and expertise, if you think there will be any issue with my entry.8 know that you have stated ad nauseam that there is no magical lifetime background screening that appears via chip or bar code, but since this is the only non-hysterical horror-filled thread I have found on the internet regarding this topic, my anxiety compelled me to post.

Thanks so much for any insight- and for taking the time to ease the nerves of weary travelers!

78. Posted by SnowSorceress (Budding Member 4 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Hi California97201,

Just checked for you on theinformationhub which is a UK based site giving advice for travelling with a criminal record. You can travel to Japan for 30 days without a visa even if you have a criminal record. If you want to stay for longer you have to fill out a visa form which asks specific details about certain offences ie drugs, prostitution, etc. That part is also shown on theinformationhub. Google it. It will tell you all you need to know.


79. Posted by Josht12321 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

I am hopeing someone can help me with this problem. Iam a male UK passport holder, and I want to apply for a visa to go on holiday to Australia. My friend is getting married there but I also want to see some of the East Coast. I want to visit for about 4 - 5 weeks. But there is a A big problem ! Iam 26 now and 6 years ago I got into a drunken fight which ended with me going to jail. The charge was gbh (Please don't judge ). I admit what happened is wrong and my fault but me and the boy who I knew at the time are on good terms. I had a sentence of 38 months of which I served just over a year of in prison, I was let out early for good behaviour. Since then I have been in no trouble at all and have nothing serious before this happened. 5 years later I want to travel to Australia and I want to apply for a visa. On the visa it asks about convictions. I want to declare it and say yes, but Iam afraid if they refuse me I will then be banned from Australia for life. They will see the offence gbh and straight away refuse me. But if I say no ,and Iam granted a visa I don't want to get to Australia and just be turned back around. Would my record come up or be flagged if I got to Australia and they scanned my passport ? Iam not wanted for any crimes and Iam not planning on committing any so I don't think Iam on any must watch list. If anyone has been through this or has a opinion of what I should so please respond. Also a couple of people have said nothing shows up when you scan a passport but has anyone had a criminal record and tried it ? Please let me know

80. Posted by Sanders21 (Budding Member 3 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!


Could someone please tell me if I will have a problem getting into the UK or France with the following situation:

I am a 46 year old US citizen and have a totally clean record, aside from a couple of speeding tickets. But in 2012 I was stopped by the Canadian Border Patrol while trying to enter Canada (by car from the US), who searched my car and phone and laptop and then claimed that they found child pornography on my laptop and detained me. 1 1/2 hours later they came back and told me they were wrong and then released me, but denied my entry into Canada.

I have not traveled to any other country since then, but tried to enter Canada (by plane) 2 weeks ago. It is still on my record as having been arrested for suspected possesion of child pornography. They searched my computer and phone and bags again, but eventually let me in, provided that I sign a form stating that I would leave on the date of my return flight. I had to bring this form back to them when I returned to the airport to fly back to the US.

I would like information on whether or not I will have a problem flying to the UK in a couple of weeks and then taking a train to France.

Also, is there any way to get an incorrect arrest (in Canada) deleted from my record?

Thank you,