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The position is that the UKBA will soon be able to refuse applications if the conviction would not be considered spent under UK law. If he was sentenced to 6 months then this would now be spent and they could not refuse on this basis alone.
There is a ground which allows them to reject of the basis of the person not being of "good character", it is unlikely that the conviction alone would be used for this purpose but it could be used in conjunction with any other examples of a deficiency in character.
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Thanks for the info thus far
what would be considered as 'not good gharacter'?
he has not been any trouble since and has no police record in Jamaica. plus when this happened it was 13/14 years ago - does the UKBA take this into consideration?
i eagerly await your response.
this is helpful and gives me some hope