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Old 12-09-2012, 08:48 PM
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well i never sold drugs or played with weapons...

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well i never sold drugs or played with weapons...
Well that is good best policy is to be honest and just explain it, as if they do find out later it could go badly.

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I wish other Americans would comment on weather they send juvenile records or not...I guess you only have to if youve done something wrong.


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I am sure they will, but I am going to stop sweating it,and look at it as I did immiture stupid things when I was 16, and I am now 35. I have since changed my life and its been almost 15 years. I am going to be as honest as I can,and I am also thinking of writing a letter to my CO ,but my fiance' says it will sound "desperate"...any thoughts?
Again my position is be completely honest because it is in my view naivie of us to think that they will not and can not find this information for themselves and not disclosing it and them finding it out looks worse than you writing and saying...."Hey I didn't realise this was something that was in scope for the application as in the US it is considered to be almost non exisitance now I am an adult and the files are sealed and my life since then shows that there is no recitivism"....or something like that.


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Melandabdul, thanks so much for replying.I am going to be as honest as possible with the consulate. I actually petitioned the court on friday to unseal my juvenile records so that I can send them with my aplication. I never had any intentions on hiding information,and I am thinking out a letter saying I was young and dumb,or do you think just sending it with no letter explaing would be better...thoughts anyone? I wish someone who had some minor criminal convictions would comment.


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Melandabdul, thanks so much for replying.I am going to be as honest as possible with the consulate. I actually petitioned the court on friday to unseal my juvenile records so that I can send them with my aplication. I never had any intentions on hiding information,and I am thinking out a letter saying I was young and dumb,or do you think just sending it with no letter explaing would be better...thoughts anyone? I wish someone who had some minor criminal convictions would comment.
I would definately put words around it and explain that you were young and under bad influences at the time and unable to make well informed choices due to your young age. From all that I am reading about the immigration process you are seen as an applicant and it is your role to "convince" them of your appropriate for a visa. Sounds crazy but it is not personal.

Also in regards to getting people with convictions to comment can I suggest you start another thread and word it clearly something like "Help needed from anyone who had criminal conviction" and put a smiling icon on the post thread...other than that have a look by searching with those key words and you will prob find some good old posts...other things to consider is doing a general search on google for posts on the internet as I have found other info through sites when there wasn't info here.


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Thanks so much...I am going to start a new thread. And my fiance' is going to call the consulate tomorrow and talk to them. Hopefully she can speak to them and they can shed some light on the situation. Thank you so much Melandabdul for taking the time to keep replying to me,youve calmed my nerves down and pointed us in the right direction!


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Thanks so much...I am going to start a new thread. And my fiance' is going to call the consulate tomorrow and talk to them. Hopefully she can speak to them and they can shed some light on the situation. Thank you so much Melandabdul for taking the time to keep replying to me,youve calmed my nerves down and pointed us in the right direction!
You are most welcome. I am sure that you would do the same if you could. We are all in the same position of being at the mercy of a process that shouldn't be but appears to be rather subjective and it is hard not to get fearful when it is something that can change the course of our future.

Try and stay positive...I have had a hard week myself with doubts. My best friend told me an analogy that I want to share as I think it will help you too.

If you are driving and lose control of the car and are spinning toward a tree, looking like you are going to hit it...if you look at the tree and focus on it and put your focus on the tree, even though you are trying to drive the car away from it, you are most likely to hit it.

On the other hand, if you look away from the tree and focus on something else while you are spinning towards the tree you are less likely to hit the tree because you are not focusing on it.

So my fellow applicant (lol) if you focus on the difficulties and how they will disqualify you cos of your youthful recklessness you might just hit the tree...but if you focus on a hopeful and positive outcome and a new life with a wonderful woman in a blessed country where people are given a second chance....you might just get that instead 8-)


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That was such a great thing to say, and your right, I am focusing on the negative,and not the positive. I am just a worry wort,and dont want to have the attitude like " oh yeah no worries itll be approved", instead I am in the mindset that it MAY get denied and doing all the homework and dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts so I can get over that hump,but in the same sence I have to be positive...and our positives outweigh our negatives,so as you said I need to more or less convince our CO that I am not the same person I was 15 years ago and am fully reformed. Again,THANKS SO MUCH!!! your words have meant a ton to us!!!!!!!!!!

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That was such a great thing to say, and your right, I am focusing on the negative,and not the positive. I am just a worry wort,and dont want to have the attitude like " oh yeah no worries itll be approved", instead I am in the mindset that it MAY get denied and doing all the homework and dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts so I can get over that hump,but in the same sence I have to be positive...and our positives outweigh our negatives,so as you said I need to more or less convince our CO that I am not the same person I was 15 years ago and am fully reformed. Again,THANKS SO MUCH!!! your words have meant a ton to us!!!!!!!!!!
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