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Entry to the United States with a conviction...

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Has anyone had trouble applying for a VISA waiver with a criminal record?
3 years ago, April 11th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #133545  
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My partner and I are travelling to the United States at xmas.....he has a conviction for common assult and possession of class C drug utensils - he was sentanced to 3 months - this was 10 years ago - we are going to try and do the right thing by applying at the US Embassy for a VISA waiver - has anyone done this before and been declined??? we are hoping if 10years has passed he will be granted permission but its so hard to have our hopes up 100% - most of our friends just say to not declare it and go anyway Reply to this

3 years ago, April 16th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #133984  
What country are you coming from? The US are xenophobes when it comes to drugs. If they find out at the border that you are hiding a criminal record, you will be banned from entering the US for at least 7 years if not for life and that includes you just because you were with him. If he is from Canada, he could apply for a pardon but this takes time. You had better start on this process now if it's available to you. Even with the pardon, the US has the right to refuse entry even if you have been squeaky clean for ten years; often they will require that you post a surety bond that is forfeited if you screw up while you're in the US. The border officials on both sides of the 49th parallel have access to each others' police information centers and it's getting better all the time. Reply to this

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