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Topic: DO I NEED A VISA? Try the Visa Waiver Wizard!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Orlando, FL
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    Arrow DO I NEED A VISA? Try the Visa Waiver Wizard!

    Not sure if you qualify to travel under the Visa Waiver program? Getting lots of conflicting information?

    For a quick answer, try here: (If you still have questions, please see the Entry Requirements sub-forum and/or contact the Embassy)

    A commonly asked question may be answered by the following:

    Question 8 : Arrests & Convictions
    Some applicants are uncertain how to answer the question, "have you ever been arrested?"

    In general, minor and common motoring offenses outside the U.S. that were disposed of by paying a ticket by mail have no bearing on admission to the United States. Travelers with minor traffic offenses that did not result in their arrest and/or conviction for the offense may travel visa free, provided they are otherwise qualified. If you are not sure whether or not you are eligible to travel visa free, the only way to resolve this question would be to apply for a visa. The Embassy and the Live Operator Information Service cannot provide any further guidance on this matter until you appear in person before a consular officer.

    If a traffic offense occurred while you were in the United States, and you have an outstanding fine against you, or if you did not attend your court hearing, it is possible there may be a warrant out for your arrest and you will experience significant problems when applying for admission at the U.S. port of entry. The Embassy cannot assist you in this regard. You must resolve the issue before traveling, by contacting the court where you were to appear. If you do not know the address of the court then information is available from the Internet at .

    Is the full extent of your history of legal violations limited solely to minor traffic offenses that did not result in your arrest and/or conviction?

    If you answer NO to this question, you get the following page:

    Not Eligible for Travel on Visa Waiver Program travel
    You are not eligible to travel on the Visa Waiver Program, and must possess a valid visa for entry into the United States.
    Please note that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law. If you attempt to travel without a visa, you may be refused entry into the United States at your personal expense.

    Applicants who have been arrested or convicted are also subject to additional documentation and processing time.
    Last edited by Susan Veness; 07-02-2008 at 07:11 PM.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Milton Keynes
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    That is a really good tool, its clear and quick and will save most people having to ring up a premium rate number and wait to get an answer.

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