- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Sorry, may be a long story…My gorgeous fiance was a naughty little boy in his early teens and got into a fight at a pub which ended up with him being charged with assault and stupidly, the other boy who instigated the fight told him to hide the victims mobile phone at his house for him. Fiance was arrested and given an assualt charge and also got in trouble for handling stolen goods (the stupid phone!).
Anyway, he is a UK citizen and I am an Aus citizen, and we have been through this ‘declaring criminal record’ a million times in order for us to be together in Aus. Thankfully, the Aus govt just wanted to know he was reformed from his teens and got him to write a statement explaining that he was punished (6 months good behaviour and a 100 pound fine) etc etc.
Now, its come back to bite him in the butt AGAIN. We are travelling via Vegas to Cancun the morning after our private registry wedding. I have a Visa Waiver with the US (ESTA) valid until the end of the year. I thought fiance would be fine to say ‘no’ to havng been arrested on ESTA cos it was a juvenille offence. On some research, we realised he would need to say ‘yes’ to being arrested and apply for a B2 visa and be interviewed (what we assumed would be him explaining the criminal record – easy and he’s very upfront about it). So we apply, pay $160US and turn up to the appt on Monday (he took the day off work). We were running late as a tradesman had stood us up at home and we waited around for him. I was put in a waiting room and fiance was taken to another room and to a bench to be questioned by the Visa Officer. Here is where it all went wrong – Officer asked maybe 2 questions about the offence, hardly asked about his reason for travelling/time in the US/honeymoon plans etc… and instead totally threw my fiance with questions about his travel and work life. I understand they are trying to establish ties in Aus (so that he wont stay in the US!) but my fiance was choked up and caught of guard and stammered and stuttered.. the annoying thing is, we’ve done so much work trying to get his apouse visa for Aus, that we had to jump through hoops (he had to spend 6 months in the UK waiting for the spouse visa, I supported him for 4 months cos his Aus visa had no work rights…) so when the officer asked “where were you in 2011?” he said “travelling in Aus” and officer said “so you didnt have a job?” fiance: “no, because I was travelling”……it sounded like fiance’s story was all over the place.. but it HAS been all over the place! Officer didnt ask why he was unable to work etc….
So the officer said “I want to refuse you but I want to do some further investigating” – took his passport and sent him on his way. No information – no “it may take __ weeks” etc, just “dont make travel plans cos we cant be responsible for loss of money etc” (which is fine, but we already made plans thinking his criminal record was transparent and starightforward). So apparently now we are in “Administrative Processing” which translates to “Administrative LIMBO” as it can take weeks to A YEAR to get an answer. We marry in 6 weeks today, and leave the day after. Fiance feels he’s let me down… he’s so upset that he’s ruined everything for me.
So seeing as we were doing this trip on the cheap, nothing is refundable, and he cant even transit in the US if he’s refused. We need to somehow bypass the US and can still go to Mexico… but we’d have to fly to Asia, Asia to Canada and then on to Mexico…. going to cost us a fortune. We will be in the US a total of 4.5 days and it’s all gone to s__t.
It’s so upsetting… such a waste of money (and yes this is our own fault for assuming it would be easy) but I cant help but think its a one-in-a lifetime trip (almost) ruined…. I have no hope that it will be accepted in time….. 🙁
Funny thing is – we were originally just going to Cancun, but seeing as you have to stop in LA (coming from Aus) I thought we could throw in Vegas (I’ve been 3 times and he’s never been) so it was all my begging to go to Vegas for 2 days…..
CROSS YOUR FINGERS FOR ME AN MY FIANCE! 🙁