What sentence did you receive? What was the actual charge?
Have you had any further convictions?
The actual charge I believe was Grand Theft or Grand Larceny. The sentence was probation.
I have not had any further convictions.
Thanks for your reply.
There is a section in the relevant United Kingdom Border Agency form that you will need to completion to apply for settlement as the spouse of a UK national which asks about previous convictions. You will have to disclose it here.
The reality is that the conviction and sentence is very much at the lower end of criminal charges and given that 22 years have passed since the conviction and you have not been charged with anything else it would be unwise for them to reject on the basis of this. Had you been convicted in the UK of this then it would have become spent a long time ago and this would usually result in the UKBA not rejecting it.
It is unlikely to prejudice your application and in the unlikely event that it does you will be able to appeal to an immigration judge to get a fairer hearing of your evidence. I would be surprised if the UKBA rejected your application because of this alone and astonished if it were rejected on appeal.
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