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Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, but have been thinking about going over to Scotland on and off for years. I am currently a University student in the US and am interested in trying to get into The University of Edinburgh, however, I'm a bit nervous as I have a felony from 5 years ago and I'm afraid I'll be denied entry. My school is going over to London next summer for a semester, which I know I wont need a visa for, but I know I would need one in order to transfer to Edinburgh. I suppose my question is, has anyone with a felony managed to get a student visa to the UK? Do I have to mention the felony anywhere? And will my medical debt be an issue? Thank you so much for your time!

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, but have been thinking about going over to Scotland on and off for years. I am currently a University student in the US and am interested in trying to get into The University of Edinburgh, however, I'm a bit nervous as I have a felony from 5 years ago and I'm afraid I'll be denied entry. My school is going over to London next summer for a semester, which I know I wont need a visa for, but I know I would need one in order to transfer to Edinburgh. I suppose my question is, has anyone with a felony managed to get a student visa to the UK? Do I have to mention the felony anywhere? And will my medical debt be an issue?
You will have to declare your felony conviction, and depending on the nature of your offence and its circumstances, you may be denied a visa.
What did you do and any punishment?

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I was arrested for "possession or processing a drug document" and I was given four years of probation, but only served two because I didn't have drugs in my system and complied with the rules. I was told that I could expunge the offense after so many years, but I still have a couple years to go before that's possible.

Since then, however, I've worked closely with NPO's, attained my GED and became a University student (on the Deans List) so, I guess I was hoping that they could see that I'm a productive citizen now.

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They take a dim view of anything connected to drugs (illegal substances). If your conviction isn't yet considered spent under UK law (as if the same conviction was handed out in UK), your application is likely to fail. For probation, if you were aged 18 or over when convicted, it becomes spent after 5 years, or if you were under 18, after 4 years.

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They take a dim view of anything connected to drugs (illegal substances). If your conviction isn't yet considered spent under UK law (as if the same conviction was handed out in UK), your application is likely to fail. For probation, if you were aged 18 or over when convicted, it becomes spent after 5 years, or if you were under 18, after 4 years.
Is it considered spent 5 years after the probation ended or 5 years after the conviction? Also, do you know if this is the same for Germany?

Thank you so much for your help because I feel completely lost.

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Is it considered spent 5 years after the probation ended or 5 years after the conviction? Also, do you know if this is the same for Germany?

Thank you so much for your help because I feel completely lost.
5 years from conviction, or the period of probation if it's longer.
Don't know about Germany - post on Germany forum.

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5 years from conviction, or the period of probation if it's longer.
Don't know about Germany - post on Germany forum.
awesome, thanks! I'm going to talk to a lawyer about expunging it tomorrow, and will do!

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