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If you don’t get a conviction before travelling to the USA then your pending case isn’t a bar: When applying for an ESTA / visa waiver they ask if you have ever

a) been arrested, or

b) been convicted.


An arrest can be viewed negatively by them, despite in the U.K. “innocent until proven guilty”. However it sounds like you haven’t been arrested and don’t have a conviction (at least, not yet!)


It doesn’t mean you can’t travel, but an arrest or conviction MIGHT lead to refusal of an ESTA or ineligibility for visa waiver, in which case someone would require a visa to travel to the USA.


If arrested or convicted, definitely apply for the visa. If granted you are in a much better position  than “chancing it”. Getting caught fibbing on immigration documents will be an automatic deportation, and likely a period of ineligibility for a number of years : whereas if you declare a minor conviction (or arrest) you are likely to get a visa!

Edited by BazzaS

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