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i got arrested 5 years a going with a gram of cocane, will this stop me entering the USA on a family holiday this september, if so is there anything i can do ?
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Was it simple possession, rather than supply?
ok. You are asked on the ESTA whether you have been arrested or convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude.
Possession is NOT so you can tick no
However you are also asked if you have ever been arrested for an offence involving a controlled substance.
Here the answer is yes
However there is no formal conviction sharing agreement of minor offences between the USA and the UK
Therefore even if you did tick no, it is unlikely the immigration officers would ever find out unless you volunteered it.
Many thousands of people go to the USA every year that do not disclose minor convictions
Obviously I can tell you to do this, but bearing in mind what I have said, its a mater for you whether you declare it as someone is unlikely to find out.
If you do declare it you will need to apply for a visa and attend an interview in London where there is no guarantee you would be granted one
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?