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1. Posted by mand98 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

My Husband and I would like to take our 2 children on a 2 week Holiday to America in 2012.
We are both worried that the drugs conviction we recieved 12 years ago is going to affect our application for a visa to visit America.

We were both arrested 12 1/2 years ago for the posession of.... 3 grammes of amphetamine and 15 extacy tablets. We were both sent to prison for possesion with intent to supply, 6 months after we were arrested. I was given a 2 month prison sentence and my Husband was given a 6 month prison sentence.

This all happened a very long time ago when we were both very young and very stupid, and we both regret what happened very much.
I`m aware that we would both have to visit the American Embassy in London to be interviewed, but we are both very worried of being denied a visa just because of one stupid mistake that was made such a long time ago.
Neither of us have been introuble with the police since this incident happened more than 12 years ago.
So, does anyone think that there is any chance that we would be accepetd for a visa ? or, is there a very high chance that we would be refused because of the nature of the conviction ?
Thank you :o)

2. Posted by lil_gun_14 (Budding Member 55 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

If they find out that you lie about your convictions you will be refused entry and they will deport you before you even step out the airport. Then you wont be allowed entry to the states, i dont know how long for though!!
Best bet be honest otherwise you could loose alot of money, its just not worth it!!!

3. Posted by mand98 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

We do plan on being honest about what happened, and we are going to go through the propper procedures to try and gain a visa.
I was just trying to find out if we had any chance at all of gaining a visa even though we both have "spent" drugs convictions.
I wouldn`t try to enter America haveing not gone through the propper procedures. Besides we would have 2 very upset children if we travelled all the way to America only to be refused accesses once arriving. :o)

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Why ask strangers on the internet?

Why not ask the closest US Consulate?