Hi - if I but am no longer a registered sex offender (for the relatively mild crime of voyeurism), will I be able to go the USA and get through customs as a British Citizen? Thanks.
Thank you for your question.
May I know how long ago the offence was committed and what sentence was imposed?
I look forward to your response.
Thanks - the sentence was 7 years ago (July 2005) so is just about to hit the 7 year expiry date (although I'm not planning on a trip til at least next year, hence the comment about how it's expired). Sentence was a 3 month prison term, suspended for 2 years. 100% clean record since this date (which in itself was the first and only offence ever committed)
Thank you for confirming.
May I know how old you were at the time?
I need to know your age at the time the offence was committed to see if you can benefit from an exemption to the US visa rules.
Thanks - i replied but something must have gone wrong - I was 33 at the time.
Thanks for confirming.
Regrettably since you were not under 18 at the time, you will need to apply for a visitor's visa for the US even though you are a British citizen. This is because the US has very strict immigration rules and any person who has been convicted in the past must obtain a visa (even if the conviction is considered spent in the UK). If you don't get a visa, there is a risk that you will be denied entry to the US and deported back to the UK.
This is confirmed on the website of the US embassy in London:http://london.usembassy.gov/add_req.html
I am assuming you will be travelling as a tourist. You would therefore need to apply for a B2 Visa, which you can apply for here:http://london.usembassy.gov/b2.html
You will also need to provide some additional information:http://london.usembassy.gov/add_crime.html
I hope this answers your question. Please don't forget to click accept. Thanks in advance.
Thanks - I'm aware of how to apply, but am trying to get an opinion on likelihood of being allowed in?
I think you stand a pretty good chance of obtaining a visa since your record has been clean since your conviction.
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