I'm planning on traveling to Australia so I applied for an ETA. The site said you wouldn't be eligible if you had a conviction with a sentence of 12 months, which I don't. However, I do have a couple of speeding tickets which is considered criminal. One of the questions asked if you have any criminal convictions, so I said yes, assuming there would be a later screen to provide details. However there wasn't, and my application was denied. Is there any way to get it approved, as I should be eligible under their guidelines. Or do I have to apply for a standard tourist visa now? I'm not sure if the standard one would be approved before I have to leave.

  • Welcome to Travel.SE. Speeding tickets are usually not considered "criminal convictions" (or is there something more to this?), but if your ETA was denied, your only choice is likely to apply for a regular visa ASAP. – lambshaanxy Dec 5 '18 at 4:39
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    @jpatokal A speeding ticket typically becomes criminal if you exceed a certain speed, or the speed limit by a large margin. (80 MPH and +20 in my current state, respectively) More precisely, it usually becomes a charge of reckless driving. It sounds like this happened to the OP. – user71659 Dec 5 '18 at 4:46
  • I don’t have any speeding tickets however I wouldn’t consider speeding tickets criminal in visa applications and my reason is on the USA N400 naturalization process they overlook paid speeding fines and you’re allowed to check NO for criminal convictions. That’s my explanation and I am sticking to it! – user 56513 Dec 5 '18 at 10:33
  • Note that unless a traffic incident was alcohol or drug related, you do not need to submit documentation for traffic fines and incidents that did not involve an actual arrest if the only penalty was a fine less than $500 and/or points on your driver’s license – user 56513 Dec 5 '18 at 10:37
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    @HonoraryWorldCitizen If you've previously ticked YES, that will trigger all sorts of flags and would likely be much worse than applying for a regular tourist visa and explaining what happened. – lambshaanxy Dec 5 '18 at 10:50

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