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    Anyone heard of the U.S declining visa applications due to the applicant having a criminal record ??

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    Depends doesn't it... if it's a spent conviction for something relatively minor, it's probably no trouble; but if there was a custodial element, who knows... depends how serious it was I suppose... "moral turpitude" is the keyword

    Here's the bit you really wanted:
    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/vi ... tions.html
    This seems to only apply to the "Visa Waiver Programme" (Tourism etc...).

    There's a selection here:
    http://www.immihelp.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=105
    ...and some other stuff
    http://www.digitalspy.com/forums/showth ... ?t=1206702

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    http://www.immihelp.com/visas/c1dcrewmenvisa.html

    As an aside...
    The U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh does NOT process visas.
    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/scotland/index.htm

    I think it's only done at Cockerneyopolis and Belfast... flying to Belfast has got to beat spending even a second in London.
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      • #4
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        Depends what type of conviction it is really

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        • #5
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          Sorry for going a bit off-topic but do I have to go down in person to get the US visa or do SSTG sort it out? I ask because when I got my China and Viet Nam ones I got them done without having to go to London.

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          • #6
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            Im not sure i think the training company can sort it out, i just handed a visa form into clyde, so im hoping i dont need to go down to london lol

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            • #7
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              I find this interesting, because other companies insist that you can only do it as individual... the core issue seems to be about who takes the blame (i.e. who pays to deport you from America), if you break the conditions of the visa. I find it difficult to imagine that Clyde would be able to negotiate a block of interviews with the US embassy... unless the Americans are particularly well-disposed towards them for some reason...
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              • #8
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                You do have to go down to London in person to get your US visas. If your with Clyde they lay on a bus to take everyone down, sstg get flown down I believe. and about the criminal record thing American immigration never views a conviction as either spent/unspent they will just judge it on the severity of offence and the punishment IIRC.

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                • #9
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                  So does the visa thing happen after the start of term rather than between now and September?

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by dave2965
                    You do have to go down to London in person to get your US visas. If your with Clyde they lay on a bus to take everyone down, sstg get flown down I believe. and about the criminal record thing American immigration never views a conviction as either spent/unspent they will just judge it on the severity of offence and the punishment IIRC.
                    Bus journey from hell! If the gits at Clyde had given me more than 5 days notice I would have paid out of my own pocket to fly down. On top of that I have to share a bus with 30 teenagers ODing on E numbers because they aren't allowed alcomahol. It wasn't the worst day of my life, but it's in the top ten.
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                    • #11
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                      ...but how do they get back to back interviews? They must apply for them on the students' behalf... it seems it's only those two mills that do it. It's a bit shady letting the companies and mills "help" you fill in paperwork that's not theirs to fill in...
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                      • #12
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                        Yeah clyde marine cadets got put on a bus (during college time) and went down together and everything was sorted out for them via clyde.

                        Im with SSTG and although I got to fly down I had to sort all the visa stuff out myself, which was a total pain in the a**! All applications have to be done via internet now,and are far from straight forward and everyone has to go down for an interview (you can chose London or Belfast), and if you do have any criminal conviction ever you have to send off and pay for a police certificate from ACRO and fill out a few extra parts for the embassay.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by scotty
                          ...but how do they get back to back interviews? They must apply for them on the students' behalf... it seems it's only those two mills that do it. It's a bit shady letting the companies and mills "help" you fill in paperwork that's not theirs to fill in...
                          A few of the companies will book the interview on your behalf if you ask them too. (Viking did for me), so since there booking one, its not really that hard to ask for a load at the same time
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                          • #14
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                            Not all of them do...
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                            • #15
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                              It's best to check with the company before it's too late. The waiting list for an appointment can last months, then you have to wait for the visa to be sent to you again. That can take a week or so. If the company don't sort it out for you it's best to save yourself the bother and get it done soon. Then you don't have to worry about it =]

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