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Old Feb 7th 2012, 10:06 pm
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Originally Posted by keepyourpeace View Post
Okay- so if I ring up the embassy they could say, you were 17 (a juvenile in the US's eyes), it was a very small amount, you can travel under VWP.
Or see what ESTA says.
And then apply for a visa?
NO

You dont need to ring them, and in the event you chose to ignore info here and do it anyway, they will most likely tell you you need a visa. They get questions like this all the time and tend to default their answers to B2 required once they here drug related incidents.

ESTA asks a simple question and does not clarify if you were under or over 18. The answer to the question being asked is YES. You can not choose to ignore the past because you were a minor, and neither will the US. They do not see drug related issues as acceptable in any manner.

As everyone else here has said, if you choose to go the ESTA route you will have to be honest and answer the questions. Expect a denial, book interview for B2 and plead your case to a person.
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Old Feb 7th 2012, 10:22 pm
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Default Re: Been done to death but very confused.

The single petty offense exception does not apply to drug convictions for nonimmigrant visitors. It applies to CIMT, but not drugs.

The ESTA/VWP asks about controlled substance arrests. The answer is apparently "YES".

It is unlikely that the person would need a waiver because it was as a juvenile, but the recent drug use may be of concern and lead to other questions.
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Old Feb 7th 2012, 10:36 pm
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Default Re: Been done to death but very confused.

Originally Posted by Noorah101 View Post
If you want to try ESTA, go for it. Check "yes" to the "have you ever been arrested for a controlled substance", and see what happens. If ESTA is denied, then you can apply for a B-2.
Should read WHEN the ESTA is denied rather than if.

You don't need a denied ESTA to apply for a B2, and you'll save yourself a few squid.
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Old Feb 8th 2012, 1:38 am
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Default Re: Been done to death but very confused.

Originally Posted by keepyourpeace View Post
Still confused, because ive read (check the wiki page) that single posession offence is allowable (cant find other links to where I read it).
Y'know what... I'm just like you! I always go to Wikipedia when seeking important and, possibly, life-altering information. I believe Wikipedia is the perfect defense against the Dark Forces of US Immigration.

Go for it.

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Old Feb 8th 2012, 9:41 pm
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And if does not say what you want it to say you can change it!
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