I know variances on this question have been asked before but I haven't found an answer that quite fits my circumstances.
I would like to know if I am eligible for the ESTA program to visit from the UK to US. Aged 14 (2007) I received a reprimand for theft and for making false representation for swapping some tags in a store. I know that a reprimand in the UK is not a sentence, nor is it a criminal conviction, but does involve an admission of guilt.
When answering the question about ''serious damage to property," can I truthfully say no? I, subjectively speaking wouldn't call it serious but I know that theft can be considered moral turpitude.
However, when looking at - (U) INELIGIBILITY BASED ON CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES - INA 212(A)(2)It says:Juveniles who were under the age of 15 at the time of commission of acts constituting a juvenile delinquency, are not to be considered as having been convicted of a crime. Therefore, no alien may be found inadmissible under INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I) for any juvenile delinquency committed prior to the alien’s 15th birthday.
So as I was under 18, and indeed under 15 can I answer no? I also received a conditional discharge for common assault in 2017 but I understand this isn't considered a crime involving moral turpitude (thanks Unlock!). Obviously I want to avoid the visa route, but it's important to get this right.
Thanks for reading and replying.