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I have an old conviction for a minor offence. Given the US authorities don't have access to the PNC, why should I disclose my convictions? +-
Many people with convictions travel to the US every year from the UK, they do not disclose their convictions, and they travel without any issues. However, to do this, you will need to lie as part of the ESTA application process (to travel under the Visa Waiver Programme), and by doing this you are potentially committing a criminal offence under US law. We are not aware of anybody that has been prosecuted for this, but we are aware of instances where individuals have been questioned by officials and sent back to the UK on the next flight (at their own cost). If your visit was for business, it may have implications on your future employment. Not having the correct documentation and not knowing what would happen if you were questioned can be extremely worrying. For those who travel for a holiday, the anxiety could ruin your trip. If you think that it is better for you to lie of the ESTA application form, you need to be prepared to continue this lie if you are questioned on a face to face basis. This could be quite a frightening experience.