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DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby sing_move » Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:57 pm

I apologize if this has already been addressed in a previous forum. If it has I’ve been unable to find it. I am applying for a DP and have a 20+ year old shoplifting conviction. I have never had issues with this conviction causing issues with anything job related in the US. I’ve also been approved for US global entry as well – although I did disclose this and it did show up in their background check – so I know it is probably still out there and searchable. My spouse’s EP application is very strong – executive level position – high salary, etc. for whatever that is worth. What are the chances that my application will be rejected and if it is was what other options do I have (any other visa’s I could apply for etc)? I have a US passport. Thanks for any help / guidance.

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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby The Ref » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:47 am

From memory it only asks if you have had a criminal conviction in the last X years (which I think was 7 years). I had to get a criminal history but that was for the company I was hired by, not the Government.
Basically the DP is the best chance you have other than your own Employment Pass or Investors pass.

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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby sing_move » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:55 am

thanks for your reply The Ref. Unfortunately the question is "Have you ever been convicted in a court of law in any country?" so there is no time limit as to how far back they go apparently. For global entry they also stated the question this way but in reality they only go back 10 years. Didn't know if it was a similar situation here.

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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby PNGMK » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 9:01 am

I would disclose it. I doubt it will cause issues. Not disclosing it and have it turn up will be far worse.
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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 9:20 am

Disclose it. It should not impact a DP application, but not disclosing it and having it turn up definitely will.

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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby sing_move » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:49 am

thank you PNGMK and sundaymorningstaple for your replies. I do plan on disclosing it. It is reassuring to know that you don't think this will cause issues for me. Appreciate your time.

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Re: DP application with very old criminal conviction

Postby PNGMK » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:55 am

Singapore has a fairly progressive view on these matters surprisingly. They believe far more in rehabilitation than life long punitive measures... except for drug traffickers.
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