Why would Kate Moss have US visa problems?
This week’s posting is a result of an article I read last week about Kate Moss running in to the US Ambassador in London. In the article, it is said that Kate Moss was complaining to the Ambassador how difficult it is for her to get a US visa after a photo of her taking drugs was in the paper several years ago. This made me think that, while it’s a pain for Ms Moss to get in the US, at least it’s good to know that she is held to the same standard as everyone else who is trying to enter the US.
Basically, Kate Moss was caught taking drugs and the photo was in the paper and the US Embassy or the US Customs & Border Protection found out about this. For obvious reasons, the Consular Officers reviewing US visa applications at the US Embassy suspect she may be a drug abuser or addict. This suspicion is enough to bar someone from entering the US. Something similar happened to Nigella Lawson in 2014 which led to her being refused boarding a flight to the US after she had admitted to taking drugs.
So, are you barred from entering if you take controlled substance? Well, if you only experiment with a controlled substance you may not be barred from entering the US but if the US government has a clue that you may be a drug abuser or addict (such as saying you take drugs on tv, radio or at the US border for example or there’s a photo of you in the paper taking drugs) you are going to have to apply for a visa and take a medical exam to prove that you are not a drug abuser or addict before you will be allowed to enter the US.
Applying for a US visa for someone who has prior issues such as being an admitted drug abuser or having prior arrests, cautions or convictions can take much longer than for someone who does not have such issues. For example you want to pop over to the US for a quick trip to Disneyland you need to plan well in advance of your planned travel date and do not book a flight until you have been granted a visa! If you are found inadmissible to the US it could take up to six to eight months for your visa to be issued. The Embassy often is not able to speed up the process for you if your travel is not for a life or death situation. And no, going on a holiday you’ve already booked is not a life or death situation.
If you have a prior arrest or criminal conviction and need to travel to the US you can book a consultation so Janice Flynn can discuss your case and provide you with advice on whether you will be able to enter the US. To book a consultation, please call US Visa Solutions at +44 (0)20 7092 6830 or email at [email protected]