Difficult one to answer I'm afraid - it could be that no one wants to be the possible bearer of bad news. I would say that yes, you would have to go through the visa process and have the interview etc.
Normal tourist travel I would suggest you may wish to try your luck with the "it was a long time ago, remorse, remorse, folly of youth" etc. and this may well work with the tourist side if applying. I would check on the Unlock Hub to see if there is any more information regarding work visas. I'm tired tonight otherwise I'd have a look for you and post the link here.
Sorry I'm not much help - I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will be along in due course.
I haven't stolen any Pineapples, but they are a great prog rock band!
I havent stolen any Pineapples, but they are a great prog rock band!