Why are we not allowed to discuss 'certain topics'? Seems a bit odd to me to 'discriminate' against certain convictions in that way. Anyway, I travel regularly for work and have been to many countries since conviction including China, USA, Canada and Mexico (in 2012).
I travelled to the USA using ESTA quite a few times before suddenly having it revoked without reason. My guess is they learned of conviction and classed it as 'moral turpitude'. Not sure how they learned of it suddenly but then again, who knows how the USA gather intelligence! I applied for a visa a few months back and was denied. I've since been working with a US immigration attorney who has helped me prepare for my upcoming interview in a few weeks time. According to her, my conviction actually doesn't fall under the MT category and I have submitted a legal argument to that point ahead of the interview on the application form. I'm keeping fingers crossed it works out as I need to have this resolved in order for me to do my job.
Is anyone able to suggest someone I could speak to in the UK to discuss the USA potentially sharing UK criminal record information with other countries once they've learned of it? In my opinion, it's not their information to share. I'm sure it's a legal minefield but I feel I should be able to speak to an official here about it.