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Criminal conviction restrictions?

Did you or anyone you know travel while they had a criminal record? If so, which countries did you go to? Did you expericence any problems with getting a passport, visas, entering countries, working abroad..... because of your criminal record?
9 years ago, July 26th 2010 No: 21 Msg: #116530  

I have 2 convictions , the first is saying a threating racial word section 4 in front of an officer , And the second is assault a police officer. I was drunk and 19 and both offencies happend within 6 weeks , I was sentensed to a 40 hours community punishment by the magistrates court and probation for 1 year which finished in 3 months or got reversed in court.?. I am 26 now and want to visit america for a holiday. what are my chances of a visa please?

Also , My convictions are spent and to our law they lasted up to 5 years , So why am i reading 10 years after conviction to apply for visa?

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9 years ago, July 30th 2010 No: 22 Msg: #116801  
Hi there - i have 3 blemishes on my record: posession of a gramme of coke, a caution for a teeny bit of weed and driving without insurance. Would this affect my obtaining a traveller's or work-permit to Canada & Thailand?

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9 years ago, August 1st 2010 No: 23 Msg: #116862  
For Thailand they don't look at police records for a tourist visa so you won't have a problem there. For the work permit you need to submit a police background check. From the UK you can use a Disclosures Scotland check, which shows unspent convictions. So if it's spent, it shouldn't show up on your police check. Reply to this

9 years ago, August 1st 2010 No: 24 Msg: #116886  
Thank you squire.
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9 years ago, October 19th 2010 No: 25 Msg: #121305  
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My boyfriend is meeting me in Bali, he is Swedish. He has a minor assalt charge. Should he mark yes to the box asking about criminal convictions? If he did, what would they do/ask about the conviction? Also does he have to supply proof of financial means? And what is this thing about having a letter from your employer? Reply to this

9 years ago, January 20th 2011 No: 26 Msg: #126950  
To all those out there. I have convictions dating back to 2000 & one in 2009. I have no problems getting into Thailand. How ever I did for Australia. B'stards. Back in 2009 I went Thailand & Vietnam. Great time. Im planning a trip back to Thailand with my Boy friend.
Because my Father was British Im applying for a British Passport which I hope doesn't show my past. That is one way to get around the stupid laws. What amazes me is that they allow people from China to go to the USA knowing they have commited crimes against humanity.
Madness sheer bloody madness. Reply to this

8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 27 Msg: #130066  
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Hey Guys,

I have a 1 year conviction, and I am thinking of traveling to Vietnam or India later on in the year. Can anyone tell me if I'll have any troubles getting in? I know for both countries I will need to apply for a visa. Do they do criminal background checks when applying in Australia? and at the airports are there any questions relating to criminal records on the entry cards? I haven't traveled since my incarceration and am rather concerned. Any help would be greatly apreciated.

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8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 28 Msg: #130079  
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Hey Russ,

They dont appear to in Vietnam.....my partner has a sizeable criminal record and has that um, fresh out of jail look (hes not, been at least 6 years but the tatts and shaved head dont help) and had no problems getting into Vietnam - he hasnt tried India but I suspect you shouldnt have any troubles. Dont stress too much - Ive been deported/refused entry from countries and that no longer shows up anywhere except Singapore. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 3rd 2011 No: 29 Msg: #130362  
Hi Guys
I am a US citizen living in Peru and want to travel to Canada but have a criminal conviction where i owe some money to the states.
I left the states 5 years ago and cant go back till its paid.
My question is can fly to Canada or will they see my record and refuse me entry?
And if so what to they make you do reboard a plane or do they hold you for the US authorities?
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8 years ago, March 9th 2011 No: 30 Msg: #130672  
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Thanks so much for that information. 😊 Does anyone know where else i can travel, is europe out of the question? Reply to this

8 years ago, July 12th 2011 No: 31 Msg: #140071  
I have convications which stop me from going to certain countries one namely Australia. I haven't tryed the US yet but I might.
One thing that is in my favour is that I can also have a UK passport which allows me to travel more freely than my kiwi one.
On my UK one it doesn't have my past. I went Aussie on my kiwi & was turned back so I will try my UK one.
Problem there is they took my name & picture for their records. Bastards. The thing that really gets up my nose is they are happy to trade with countries like China who we all know has appaling human rights records.
You see we are nothing. Only small fish in a big ocean. This world is crazy stupid & mad.
I laugh at times & think my god a country like Aussie is scared of me.
Wow. Its all about money. If I was born in those countrys that stop me it would be a different story.
So my friend(s) check to see if you can have 2 passports.
All the best. My partner & I are off to Asia where they don't seem to have a problem over it.
You see it's money that goes into the countries ecomony.
Money makes the world go rund & rnd & rnd. Reply to this

8 years ago, July 12th 2011 No: 32 Msg: #140102  
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Got to say Paul I agree with some of what you have said regarding Aus immigration policies...I think the problem is we deport enough of you Kiwis a year to make everyone else suffer 😞

Just a note on the dual passports - my father is heading toward 70, a retired professor, a retired justice of the peace/commissior of declaration and has both Aus and US citizenship. He left Aus on his US passport to make it easy to arrive..but trying to check in he was asked for his VISA to aus before they would let him board the flight.....even though he has lived here all of his almost 70 years and has residency status. He had forgotten to get back in he would have to come in on his Aussie passport.

Thanks for the reminder tho, I need my british passport before I divorce the ex 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, August 16th 2011 No: 33 Msg: #141927  
Have you tries entering bali on ur kiwi passport and with convictions? I have minor driving charges eg without a license and disqualified around 5 years ago and was also held in remand for a week my latest charge was disorderly behavior in 2009 will I still get in do you think? Reply to this

8 years ago, August 16th 2011 No: 34 Msg: #141928  
Hi. I have now been told that getting a UK passport won't make a difference. I have to travel out on my kiwi. So be it.
We are off to Singapore then Thailand. My convications they say aren't on my passport. Hope not as now Im going to get my UK one.
We have a non visa entry with Singapore. Will try later for Uk one. Reply to this

8 years ago, August 16th 2011 No: 35 Msg: #141935  
What convictions will stop you from entering Bali? I only have driving charges. I hold a NZ passport and planning a trip for a few days. Does anyone know where I can find out if I'll be refused entry or not? And has anyone got a number to ring the Bali embassy or someone of relevant help to me? Reply to this

8 years ago, October 25th 2011 No: 36 Msg: #145778  
I am wondering if someone can help me. We have a family holiday booked for Florida in March 2012 but have a little problem.

My husband had a bit of a binge drinking time a few years ago and got himself in a spot of bother. He now has a few blemishes on his file. They are

1.Drunk and Disorderly 2005 - received £225 fine
2.Urinating in a public place (this I know is utterly disgusting!)2005 - received £225 fine
3.Possession of an offensive weapon (small kitchen knife) 2009 - received £500 fine

All the fines are paid and he has never had a sentance suspended or been imprisoned for anytime and has not been given any sort of community service. He has also since become teetotal and has been "clean" for about a year.

I dont understand what moral turptitude is and am worried that if we dont get a visa he will be refused entry. What exactly can the US see in relation to your record? And are these offences things that though to me now seem rather minor would be enough for them to refuse him a visa or is he still eligable to use the ESTA visa waiver programme? Reply to this

8 years ago, October 26th 2011 No: 37 Msg: #145787  
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I am not a lawyer or expert, and you should definitely contact the embassy with these questions, but my understanding is that actions must be considered crimes in your destination country to cause problems. I just read a bit about the Offensive Weapon Act and other UK knife law and can hardly believe how ridiculous it is. What are you folks getting up to that anything bigger than a stickpin is illegal? Do you as a people support this legislation?

Anyway, carrying a small, single-edged knife without any intent to harm is not against the law in most (any?) states in the US. What exactly "small" means is debatable and will vary from state to state, but two inches is a general guideline. If you can show that the offense would not have been a crime in Florida, there shouldn't be a problem.

The other two offenses seem so minor and from so long ago that I'd be ashamed if my country used them as an excuse to bar entry to anyone. Reply to this

8 years ago, October 30th 2011 No: 38 Msg: #146162  
Ive just been turned away from the airport by immigration sayng that i cannot enter the states.ive been to the states 16 times. i got my esta online and was in las vegas in feb 2011. I then updated my visa for a family holiday in orlando on the 30th sept 2011 my visa again was approved. i was told that i would not be entering the country untill i have been to the us embassy in london and had my passport stamped. Surley i should of been contacted. i have a few conviction but nothing to do with guncrime. espionarge,terrorisom,kidknapping.there was nothing on the esta site questioneer about any convictions . i even printed off the questions when i printed off my visa.I have been told by my travel agent and insure company that i am not entitled to any refund what so ever. i have lost £6000 and i do not know where to go or where to turn to. This is very unfair i have spent a year saving to take my children to disney land and i am destroyed with what has happend. I did not in anyway hold anything or hide anything from my application and there was nothing on the questions about any convictions.I did everything correct and was allowed to travel on the same visa back in feb 2011. Can anyone help. I have recently heard that now esta have changed the question and do ask about any convictions . but on the day i was denied i returned to ny travel agent and they kindly spoke to immigration and told them that there was nothing on the site about convitions only about guncrime,spying,terrorisom drugs .they then printed off the questioneer for eveidence. PLEASE HELP!!! Reply to this

8 years ago, November 2nd 2011 No: 39 Msg: #146398  
a word of advice for anyone contemplating travel to the US... even if you have only ever been arrested, let alone have any convictions, you still have to declare it, and go through the whole visa application process, which basically is one of the most boring days you will ever experience.

even if you have a record from over 25+ years ago you still have to declare it and got through the procedure. (just see how far you get with obtaining court records from over 6 years ago to see how draconian this process is...)

eg. I was fined £2.50 with £40 costs in the 80's for the theft of a flashing light from the roadside. this offence alone has cost me a £5,000 cruse to Alaska, as I was refused a visa under their "moral terpitude" act.

the fact that I had been a regluar traveller to the US before the law change in 2009 was irrelevant. Like the theft of an amber flashing light on some roadworks back then has any effect on the person that I am today.

TBH... america can go kiss my A**, as there are other countries that will quite happily allow me entry, and are more deserving of my tourist spending. its just a shame I can claim back the time and money I have wasted on thier whole procedure.. the only upside from the ordeal was the uncontrolled laughter I got from reading some of the questions on the DS160 form that they expect you to answer. If you havent done it yet I sugguest you give it a look 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, November 6th 2011 No: 40 Msg: #146516  
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In response to: Msg #79938

Well, most visa applications will ask about any convictions and their nature. A criminal record does not necessarily mean your visa application will be denied. And, if you are on probation or facing charges, check with the proper authorities about your travel restrictions. Also, if you break a law in country that you have entered illegally (even something as small as speeding), then you can be charged with illegal entry if you did not declare a previous criminal record at customs. A misdemeanor can quickly turn into a felony.

With the amount of people that go through customs every day, it would be impossible to check the criminal background of each traveler. However, the country you are entering will be able to use your information (name, passport number or finger prints) to pull up your criminal record through the CPIC system, if they choose to do so. Lastly, if you were pardoned in your country, this is not internationally recognized, so your criminal record in the system may not show the pardon.


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