Hi there folks. First off, I'm new here. The site is fantastic and a wealth of great info. I have a quick question I'm hoping someone on here can help me clarify. I'm currently in the process of applying for my 4th Waiver. All others were successful.
Why am I applying for a Waiver? When I was 18 I was charged with purchasing stolen property under $1000.00. It was handled as a summary conviction and I was able to move on from this and lead a happy, productive adult life. The only time I relive this nightmare is when I apply for entry to the US.
When I do travel south, half of the border guards tell me that I really don't need the visa waiver, and one gentleman suggested that I've been harassed by overzealous border guards. Those were his exact words.... I'm not perfect, and I'll be the first to own up to my own mistakes. But this was 26 years ago. And since this time, I've lead a squeaky clean life. I teach. I volunteer. It's just the person I've become as an adult. I obviously don't carry a criminal record, so it's a bit disheartening to go through this process.
I'm applying anyway, but does anyone have any specific clarification on this? I suppose my question could be considered irrelevant as it seems my past dealings with CBP seem to dictate my future. I guess I'm just wondering if there's anything specific on minor summary convictions. I'm going to start filling out the forms while I wait for a response.