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    Default Visa Waiver Program or Visa

    Hello, I am planning to visit the US for pleasure.

    More that 15 years ago I was arrested and convicted (in my country, not in the US) as the consequence of a fight. I was found guilty of property damage and of a fault of battery. Are these acts "moral turpitude"?

    As I said that happended almost 20 years ago and I have not had any further problems with Justice since then, nor have any criminal or police records in my home country.

    Should I follow the standard VISA WAIVER procedure for entry to the US (my country is in the list) or should I apply for a VISA at the US embassy?


    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Visa Waiver Program or Visa

    Your charges probably aren't crimes involving moral turpitude, but I have no ability to research your record or verify that for you based upon a general description.

    Why not try for ESTA approval and see what happens.

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    Default Re: Visa Waiver Program or Visa

    Quote Quoting Mr. Knowitall
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    Your charges probably aren't crimes involving moral turpitude, but I have no ability to research your record or verify that for you based upon a general description.

    Why not try for ESTA approval and see what happens.
    Thank you. Question is, given that ESTA approval is not a quasi-guarantee of permission to enter, how often are ESTA-approved people with expunged records in their home countries stopped by immigration officers? Do the US have access to data regarding those many "minor" offenses world wide? I just don't want to ruin anybody's pleasure trip...

    Thx again.

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