The Sunday Times

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On 4 December 2016 Principal Attorney Nita.icole Upadhye was quoted in The Sunday Times regarding the challenges British nationals face in travelling to the United States with police cautions for minor offenses.

 She is quoted as saying: “…tightened rules and more rigorous checks at immigration counters could mean that those given police cautions for minor offences, or with driving qualifications, might be denied an ESTA under the Visa Waiver scheme. Instead they would be forced to apply for a visa at the US Embassy.  Anyone travelling on the ESTA scheme has to be aware that the UK’s Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply in US law.  This means that historic police cautions could be enough to have our ESTA refused.”