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USA - Visa with caution


USA - Visa with caution

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Hi,

Extremely unlikely (almost impossible) that you would be randomly stopped and questioned based on your caution.

As far as I understand it, you are not eligible for the waiver programme (ESTA) if you have an arrest involving drugs.

I had similar caution and obtained a 10 year visa. I kind of regretted the process since because by all accounts unless you intend to live / work stateside, you are never going to get collared.
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From everything I have read, which is a lot you will only have issues in the following circumstances;

- High profile crime - in the media.
- Added to any Interpol databases - Sexual crime.
- Terrorist offenses.
- Having been there before.

If you don't fall into any of these I would mark NO for everything and stroll through.
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Manchester is the other one but it has yet to make the set up operational:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-could-only-uk-airport-9378485

The other one is also Londons heathrow but that again is a long way off before it becomes available

https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2015/05/31/the-us-government-will-expand-immigration-preclearance-to-10-new-airports-and-thats-bad-for-frequent-travelers/

Hopefully it does occur it just cuts out so much rubbish and saves time and money, I don't think anyone wants to live in US but visit for holiday and work sounds ok !

Still well done Wins for coming back and confirming what 1000s of people discover daily its rare anyone gets stopped, blocked and forced back to UK due to no disclosure.
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your not really breaking any law though the question on the US visa ask for convictions you got a warning so ignore and enjoy Wink
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Never ever heard of anyone contacting employers, that would be a serious gross misconduct into privacy laws....

The general jist with travelling in general around the world or USA is just go and have fun and not worry....chances are its nothing to worry about and most go and come back after there holidays just fine.

There was a massive thread I posted here:
https://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22639&start=811

Pretty much the botton line out of all those 100s of pages was US has no access to UK police records, 2nd most just went and came back fine and had actual convictions and jail sentences.

You received a caution or warning (not a criminal conviction)

unlock has more info on US travel here:

https://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/travelling-to-the-usa-the-esta-form-and-moral-turpitude/

https://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/travelling-america-usa/
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Don't see how the fingerprinting match ups are possible, people would have discussed it non stop on that USA travel thread non stop....

unlocks guide to us travel also confirms the US have no hook ups to the UK police databases, I would imagine its done so due to data protection acts and privacy laws and perhaps only reserved for serious criminals or if you flag up as a serious offender.

Again can't be 100% sure but that thread is very up to date especially if you go to the last page.

One thing that would be nice which most people ignore or don't bother with is actually pop back and say if it went well or not.... but some people on that US thread have and said its fine.
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It does seem likely that some prints are shared given they have a database of 7.2m 'watchlisted'.
I am hoping that this is made up of mostly canadian criminals (they acknowledge that they have direct access to canadian law enforcement systems)
and known terrorist/sexual offenders.
I wouldn't normally consider breaking US immigration 'law' although given the relative minority of my offence and that it was supposedly a warning as you point out,
I don't feel that this should make me a marked criminal.
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Hi
Would anyone else have any thoughts/info?
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Hi
Thanks for the response, very greatful.
I have possibly fallen into the trap of scouring the net and becoming ever increasingly paranoid of me being stopped upon cbp inspection!
As my biometric details had been taken at the police station and the US OBIM system apparently matches thousands of foreigners with criminal histories each year - I am Nervous!!
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Hi
I appreciate any help possible.
I have booked to travel to the US at the end of October, although I was given a caution in Nov 2007 for class A possession (my only offence).
Although I understand that the US have potentially tightened the approval of visas for caution offences recently would the fact that I received this caution in Nov 2007
help?
I am considering applying for a visa although not sure if I have enough time if it went to waiver approval stage.
A second question , has anyone had experience of the embassy calling your place of employment ?
(I understand you give employer details although I wouldn't be happy with them potentially giving away my caution details to my employer.

Thanks in advance.
GO


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