I'm working in the UK (holding a UK permanent visa) and planning to travel to the US for a conference.
I would like to bring my wife and we will stay in the US for 7 days in total, so I'll need to apply for a B1/B2 visa and my wife needs a B2 visa.
My wife had her UK visa cancelled before, then we got married and reapplied. She now has a UK dependent visa and works in the UK as a software developer.
According to this page https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/required-documents/
If you have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted you are required to declare it, even if it is considered spent and furnish a police certificate known as an ACRO. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law.
And this page explains more about the related documentation, but we are not sure if they are applicable to my wife's visa application. https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/ineligibilities-and-waivers-2/arrest-caution-conviction/
- ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO)
- Personal data form VCU1 (PDF) https://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/164203/cons-visa/VCU01_London.pdf - (It only asks for US visa refusal history - section 4 and 5)
I'm also not sure if any of the Security and Background Information questions from DS-160 is relevant. e.g.:
- Does she need to declare her previous UK visa cancellation when applying for her US B2 visa? In what format (any form to fill)? I can't find any relevant section in DS-160 (https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/default.aspx) either.
- Does she need to get an ACRO police certificate?
- Would it affect my B1/B2 visa application? (We plan to write a cover letter for each of our applications saying that we will travel together and stay in the same hotel).