Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
Unfortunately no one can guess or guarantee whether you will be granted a visa. That is because the US immigration authorities assess each case on an individual basis and the immigration officer that considers your application will have the final say, so whilst one person on one day could be satisfied that you should be granted a visa, another person on another day could have a very different opinion.
However, a caution is not a formal criminal conviction and not a serious thing to have on your record. The reason is not ideal (drugs) and it is a recent offence, but it could have been much worse. So I would say that it is unlikely that you would be denied a visa, although the risk of that always exists.
I would say you should certainly still apply, although leave plenty of time before travel to do so.
Thank you very much for the reply. Would you recommend waiting until a year has past since the arrest to apply as I have been planning? Or could I apply a little sooner and still have a chance of getting the visa granted?
a few months' difference will not really make any difference - it will only be when years have passed that the effect of this starts to reduce so you can apply at any time
so if i was to apply perhaps march or april and took along with me bank statements to show income, savings and my ties to the UK, a character reference from my employer and presented myself well in the interview you would recommend i had a good chance of being issued the visa? i understand you cannot guarantee anything!
I would say so, yes - they know that no one is perfect so as long as you can show that this was a one off blip and not something you are likely to do again, there is no reason why they should not allow you to travel
thanks, XXXXX XXXXX reassuring! is there anything else you would recommend for the interview?
just be honest and don't be too nervous
as mentioned a caution is a minor criminal issue
thanks, XXXXX XXXXX it! i may come back to your in a couple of months when i decide it's time to apply!
Any time - you can always request me by name if needed