Getting a USA visa (travelling to america with a drink driving conviction)

price1367

TTC Group
I think that he will be fine to go down the ESTA route.
In 1995 the question that was asked on paperwork was “have you ever been arrested for any offence (involving moral turpitude)
The problem was that this was not defined.
Now the question on the ESTA form, which was introduced in 2017 with the same question, but was amended a few years ago, is: “have you.been arrested for any offence which involved serious injury to a person, significant damage to property or been involved in serious loss to your Government?” (As in tax evasion)
It seems he can honestly answer “yes” to that and is therefore eligible to go down the ESTA route.

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Lilly61234

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Hi
Thanks for your reply. We have decided to go down the visa route as I could not cope with him getting pulled at the airport & he agreed in the end. We’ve booked his interview etc now so at least we have done that part.
It’s quite an easy trip to London for him so it’s just the cost of it all & the hassle
I do feel incredibly annoyed as 10 years ago I rang the US consulate for advice & they said he definitely needed a visa. Anyway it’s done now.
My husband said last time he was there there were people with traffic offences who were waiting with him.
The whole thing needs clearing up at the US consular.
Fingers crossed he gets another 10 years!!
We haven’t made any concrete plans yet,he has his interview next month.
Thanks anyway & I wish I could just have relaxed about it all & gone the esta way but it’s I think it would have been flagged up & I would have been a bag of nerves before we went & on the plane.
 

price1367

TTC Group
I had a typo in my last reply, ESTA was introduced in 2007 not 2017.
10 years ago the US embassy would simply say “If you have any doubts then you should apply for a visa and we will interview you.” Well I never heard of anyone applying and being told that they did NOT need a visa. I spoke to the US embassy to get advice to give people on our Drink Drive Rehabilitation courses but they would not give blanket advice on the phone as every case could be different.
Since the wording on the ESTA form was changed the position is clear. So long as you have not caused significant injury in an accident, or caused considerable damage to property (other than your own car) then you can honestly answer NO to the offences question and therefore be eligible to use the ESTA scheme.
The position might be difficult for multiple Drink Drive convictions because the US authorities could consider this to be a ‘mental impairment’ (yes, I have seen this used to refuse entry, even on a visa application) but that is for another discussion.......
 

Lilly61234

New member
I had a typo in my last reply, ESTA was introduced in 2007 not 2017.
10 years ago the US embassy would simply say “If you have any doubts then you should apply for a visa and we will interview you.” Well I never heard of anyone applying and being told that they did NOT need a visa. I spoke to the US embassy to get advice to give people on our Drink Drive Rehabilitation courses but they would not give blanket advice on the phone as every case could be different.
Since the wording on the ESTA form was changed the position is clear. So long as you have not caused significant injury in an accident, or caused considerable damage to property (other than your own car) then you can honestly answer NO to the offences question and therefore be eligible to use the ESTA scheme.
The position might be difficult for multiple Drink Drive convictions because the US authorities could consider this to be a ‘mental impairment’ (yes, I have seen this used to refuse entry, even on a visa application) but that is for another discussion.......
Thanks for your answer
It’s too late now as we have done his forms & booked his appointment
I really wish I’d believe that he would have been ok with the esta & should have at least tried to see if he got one approved.
I am quite a nervous person & was too worried about the journey when we do go to the US. Which is why we ended up doing this in the first place!!
In 2029 we will get an esta lol
 
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