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Hi thank you for your enquiry and your patience. Expunging a criminal conviction is essentially setting aside a criminal convictiona and therefore it is not a conviction in the eyes of the law. Now it really depends on what shows on the US equivalent DBS check. If after expungement a criminal attorney in the US can confirm to you that the record is erased then you would essentially not have that conviction and it would not be necessary to make reference to it. If however it will show then you ought to disclose it and explain in the additional information section of your application that it has been expunged. The UKVI does make enquiries with regard to previous convictions and whereas I appreciate you do not want to disclose it, if it shows on your criminal record when they search they will refuse you the visa for deception. I hope this answers your question and I would be grateful for your rating at your earliest convenience. All the best
Hi, I do not know what level of access they have but I know there is a good level of cooperation between the US and the UK when they request information from each other on criminal records. Like in the UK are you able to do your own basic criminal record check? If so does the conviction come up?