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Old 01-15-2014, 05:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Im planning on working the 14/15 season in Hakuba.
Im a bit worried i won't get my visa though given i have a minor criminal charge.

I went to court for being caught with a plastic baton (considered a prohibited weapon in NSW, Australia) i got a fine but no jail time or community service etc

I tried ringing the Japanese consulate to ask, but they didn't speak much English..
anyone know if this will be a problem?

thanks in advance!
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds like a misdemeanor. I wouldn't think that would stop you from getting a vista. I could be wrong with all the craziness in the world that would be a sin.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, thats what i was thinking... guess i'll apply and hope for the best!
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you get a criminal conviction? No?
Ill answer my question for you! No you don't have a conviction for a simple misdemeanor.
I have a few (4) drug charges to my name, but no criminal convictions. My next offence would have given me a conviction but.

Stupid Australian goverment scaring people into thinking these stupid things.

It has to be a serious offence to get a criminal conviction.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just get a letter from a PD department in a town/city you haven't been arrested in. As long as it's not hookedup o like a livescan or something that tracks your identiy you'll be fine.
So lets say you've been arrested but not charged in Irvine california, you can just goto Long beach california to get the letter made.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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charges vs convictions...

you're innocent until proven guilty and convicted of something, pretty much anybody can charge you with anything doesn't mean darn thing
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok thanks guys

I was pretty sure they said at court it was a prohibited weapons conviction.. but then again given it was so minor (both the offence and the fine)
Probably just a scare tactic..

When i go to Japan in a couple of weeks, and when i apply for my visa later in the year, should i just tick no when it ask about criminal record or tick yes and explain it?
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Ok thanks guys

I was pretty sure they said at court it was a prohibited weapons conviction.. but then again given it was so minor (both the offence and the fine)
Probably just a scare tactic..

When i go to Japan in a couple of weeks, and when i apply for my visa later in the year, should i just tick no when it ask about criminal record or tick yes and explain it?
Tick no.
If there is a million to 1 chance you get pulled up on it, say "as far as i knew i was charged and not convinced".

If you are still unsure, get onto nsw police checks. Pay $40 for a complete police check.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok thanks heaps
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charges vs convictions...

you're innocent until proven guilty and convicted of something, pretty much anybody can charge you with anything doesn't mean darn thing
Yes, but allowing a foreigner into your country is granting a privilege not "allowing" a right.

The USA, for example, can and will deny entry for an arrest, let alone a charge or conviction
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