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International Travel 2021

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For more information and previous discussions on the topic, please see International Travel 2020 and International Travel 2019.

In this International Travel 2021 post, the information is identical to the International Travel 2020 post. We added a new post for 2021 in order to keep the discussion manageable. Please help us by sticking to the topic of International Travel only.


From 2020: We have updated our main International Travel section. It features:

  1. List of Schengen Nations (allowing entry to registrants);
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  3. User Submitted Travel Reports.

This post is linked from the Main Menu at the top of the site.

1. The 26 Schengen Nations (which allow registrants to visit)

As an agreement, Schengen was signed among the five out of ten countries of the European Union members back then, on the 14th June 1985. Under the Schengen agreement, travelling from one Schengen country to another is done without any passport and immigration controls or any other formalities previously required.

Czech republic

Note: US Citizens are visa exempt when visiting the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180 day period (List of Countries, Section B or map).  The European Commission is proposing creating a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for such travelers, beginning sometime in 2021 – which may or may not take criminal convictions into account. ETIAS Fact Sheet April 2018July 2018

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Passport Update

As mentioned months ago, I got the dreaded passport revocation letter from the State Department back in October. I finally made contact with someone in the passport office where my passport was issued just 2 years ago to find out what went wrong when my previous passport was issued and why it didn’t have the required IML marking. I was told that the Angel Watch Office simply hasn’t caught up and that yes, I’d have to pay full cost to get a replacement with the marking now.

I applied in October 2020 for a new passport with the IML marking. After a minor kerfuffle about my photo not being current, I received my new passport this week. Given that all passports processing is slow right now due to Covid things took about as long as expected. The only difference is the notification on pg. 27. Yes, it’s obnoxious that it’s there, but at least the notification is not in bold red letters on the main page.

My new passport came with the usual notification that my ID documents and current passport would be returned in a separate mailing in about 10 days, so I don’t know at this time if I’ll actually get my old passport returned to me. I applied for this new one before my visa fastened in my passport expired, so hopefully I will get it back. But, since the visa in my passport expired during the time they were processing it, perhaps not. Even though it’s expired, having the old one will make it easier to renew. We’ll see how that goes.

A couple of things I learned along the way which may be helpful to others. I am not an attorney and all this is based on what I learned talking with passport office staff so please do your own research.

1) If you have any type of visa or entry permit in your current passport which has not expired, and you know that you will be required to have the IML stamp, you should consider applying for a new passport BEFORE you get the revocation letter. According to the passport office website FAQs, if you apply for a new passport while your passport is valid and before it’s revoked, you should get your current passport returned to you once it’s cancelled. This will enable you to still have the visa to use on future trips.

2) If you are sending your passport for early renewal because you know that you’ll eventually be revoked, you MUST include a letter specifically stating that you need the IML marking to get it in your passport. Otherwise, it’s likely that you’ll just get another regular passport issued like I did and have to go through this all over again. Don’t assume that your name is on the list for the IML marking until you get the letter. Angel Watch is going through the list very slowly and if you need a marked passport you should consider just getting it now so you don’t get stuck with a revoked passport in the future.

3) If you have a ‘live’ visa or other type of entry permit in your passport right now and want to get it back after you renewed your passport, you MUST specifically request it. Apparently it’s possible to make this request even if you receive the revocation letter but there is no guarantee. I know that they make it sound like you won’t get your passport returned to you, but after speaking to the staff that actually processes them it appears that they have a mechanism for returning the passport if it contains a live visa. They couldn’t guarantee it will happen in every case, but I was told that for there to be a chance you must request it.

4) The revocation letter instructs you to immediately return your passport to the address they provide and then to make an in-person appointment to apply for a new passport. After speaking with the passport office I was told to return my current passport with the application for a new one along with a letter about needing the passport returned to me due to the live visa in it. If you don’t have a visa or other document inside your passport that you need back, then this wouldn’t apply to you.

5) The visa that I have for entry overseas was issued with full disclosure of my registration status. I went through a lengthy legal process to get the visa so that they couldn’t later on claim that I’d hidden my status. For this reason, I don’t foresee any difficulty arising from having the IML stamp on pg. 27. Had I not disclosed this, things would likely be different. If I ever try to gain entry into another country, I also don’t foresee the IML marking making any real difference – countries that care about it already have the information and will likely make the same decision based on what I’ve experienced.

Hope this helps someone else. If I left anything out, let me know. And no, I won’t go into any detail on the specific visa/entry permit which I obtained other than to say you’re much better off hiring an attorney in the country you are asking to issue you a visa.

@ Worried in WI:. Sorry to say, I certainly did not get my unmarked old passport back again. I have not heard of anyone who received their revoked passport back again.

They sent my unmarked passport back with 2 holes punched in it.

@ ML in CA: Curious. 🤔 Was that a revoked passport that you had returned to you?? And did the new passport you receive have an IML unique identifier on it??

If you received a revocation letter, SOP is for them to not return the old passport. The only exception appears to be if there is a ‘live’ visa in the old passport, and even then only if you specifically request it be returned. There is no guarantee though, and since they have to do extra work to return it I can see how it won’t always happen.

If you send in a passport for early renewal, before it’s revoked, then you should get it back as a matter of SOP. Of course, in this situation you have to specifically request an IML-compliant passport or you’ll be back to square one again.

In my situation, when they initially receive my application the visa and entry permit in my old passport were still live and thus should qualify for it to be returned, but since they expired in the covid-related delays in processing I have no idea whether I’ll actually get it back or not. Just in case, I’ve already contacted my attorney overseas to begin the process of getting my new passport number registered with my file there and in getting my visa & entry permit reinstated. With covid, things are slow all around the world right now and I assume that there are going to be thousands of people in many countries having similar problems to sort out once international travel fully opens in the future.

@Worried, did you engage in travel that causes the revocation or was it revoked with no travel? I think it’s been established here generally that it doesn’t get revoked unless you engage in travel first so I’m wondering if that still holds true or not.

@David and Worried in W
“If you send in a passport for early renewal, before it’s revoked, then you should get it back as a matter of SOP. Of course, in this situation you have to specifically request an IML-compliant passport.”
That’s what I did as I was trying to go overseas to work and didn’t want it to be revoked while I wasn’t in the US.

They sent my passport back to me also, with holes punched in it.

How is it not a lawsuit that they are making you pay twice for the same thing a non RSO would only pay for once, and it’s their fault they sent the wrong one out to begin with.

Janice how is this not apart of the lawsuit under illegal fines and a violation of equal protection? Any further challenges on IML?

That is not the only issue. They are cancelling passports in violation of the Due Process clause of the Constitution.

I believe that a good case could be made against charging us for a new passport when it is their fault that the wrong one was issued the first time. However, it seems that the law is on their side at this point.

The problem is laws are assumed to be legal until challenged in court.

Everyone wants to know when the new process of violation human rights in IML will start ( second punishment, freedom traveling and other issues)

– I renewal my expired passport on Feb 24th at a post office with a written statement self-identifying as subject to IML. 😔
– Received the new passport on March 19th (no express service) 😲
– Of course NO marking!! 😠
– Called the passport information number 877-487-2778 (2 minute of wait) On the 19th.
– Explained the problem to the first CS agent, very friendly, then he transferred me to another CS agent and explained the problem again, another friendly service.
– He told me that he will send a “note” to the Seattle passport service center (nearest to CA), and asked them to contact me via phone or email.
– I asked if I have to pay again for the correction, he said “no”. 🤞
– Monday, the 22nd received a call from the Seattle passport center, regarding my issue. Explained the problem again, and the agent was also very friendly.
– She told me that she will research my status and send me a “revocation letter” and will invalidate the new unmarked passport.
– Wednesday, the 24th received an email from the Seattle passport center CS Manager with a letter stating that since the self-identifying letter has been lost before the case was properly adjudicated, which resulted in issuance of passport without the endorsement. And nicely asked me to mail back the passport to them WITH a written signed statement and they will expeditiously process a new passport book with the marking and without fees.


  • Mailed the passport back on the 25th
  • Received the new marked passport on 4/9

I’m confused as to why you would want a passport with the mark?

Thank you for taking the time to explain those issues.

I get off probation in 5 months. Will apply for my passport then. My charge. State felony 3rd sexual exploitation of a minor. Well $1500 later and another court hearing, Just got clarification from a 2nd federal judge and have an order that states “this offense is not an offense against a minor.” The order says that word for word and is signed by a superior court judge(two judges agree). Gonna try and apply for the passport and see if I get the stamp or not. Hoping with that order I might actually get to avoid it. I’ll update again come early July.

I hear what you’re saying, but the decision on whether or not you get the IML passport will depend on what the Angel Watch Office decides and not on what the judge stated in your case. I believe that they go on a number of factors, including the specific charge and the statute you were convicted of. If the statute is on their list, it may not matter what the judge said, but it might give you cause for future action against them.

You were probably right. But I got to at least try. I mostly got the order so that those stupid premise restrictions here in North Carolina wouldn’t apply to me. That way I can take my daughter to the park if there’s no ordinance. Or to a museum or to the movies, Hell even just pick her up from daycare. I do have a question though. If your name is removed from the registry after your tenure., And you apply for a passport, will they still stamp it?

Couple of thoughts…

1) The rules for registration and state rules for sex crimes re: residency restrictions are not the same as the rules for who qualifies for an IML passport. There are specific rules that they go by, even when they conflict with specific state rules for similar things. Read up on what convictions IML considers triggering convictions for a passport.

2) Your conviction can be one which triggers the IML passport, but you still might initially receive a passport without the IML marking. This is even more likely if your case was fairly recent or if the Angel Watch office hasn’t gotten to your file yet. If you apply for a passport and receive a non-marked passport, that doesn’t mean you won’t receive a revocation letter at some point in the future once your file comes up.

3) My suggestion? Do the research yourself and find out if your conviction qualifies as a triggering conviction for IML. If so, it won’t matter what comments the judge made or what he wrote in the final judgement. If the Angel Watch office decides that the particular statute you were convicted of violating triggers an IML passport you run the risk of having your passport revoked in the future. In my opinion, it’s better to do the research and know where you stand up front.

You make it all sound so legitimate, sensible, and useful. Good stuff.

Personally, I’ll call them Satan Watch all the time. They deserve contempt and disrespect.

Our big governments are clearly too big and have way too many resources. Let’s take it from them.

You take power from the wasteful and abusive government via two ways:

1) USE Cryptocurrencies, which is not government money; it’s the people’s money.

2) Vote for candidates who promote SMALL GOVERNMENT.

.. And of course donations to lawsuits that challenge the abusive laws.

That’s it.

On an emotional level I can see you point. As a matter of trying to provide information for others in a similar situation it doesn’t really help though. I’ve tried to keep my comments in this conversation as much on the facts and things I’ve observed in an attempt to help others maneuver this maze, not to make an editorial statement. There are lots of other places to do that outside of a thread trying to help people carry on with life in whatever way possible at this time. Hopefully at a point in the near future threads like this will not be necessary.

…and like a cancer, big government feeds only itself. Also, like cancer, it won’t stop growing until it has killed its host. That is how serious we should view the way our current system operates.

Since to be a covered sex offender requires that conviction of an offense against a minor, I would believe that if a judge says specifically in an order that it is not against a minor then it can not be considered against a minor for the purposes of this law. Angel Watch might consider this to be against a minor without some level of proof to the contrary and revoke a passport and require a stamp in it but I would think you could use the mechanism as required in IML to dispute inaccurate information based on the Judge’s order to have a new determination that your passport shouldn’t be stamped.

@ Anklebiter: I would guess that your first passport will not include any IML unique identifier. It’s my belief that they only revoke a registrants passport when it has actually been used for international travel. It is actually travel that triggers the revocation.
So I suspect that you will get a passport without an identifier on it. You can use that to travel internationally for a couple trips before you receive the revocation letter. That is what I suspect will happen. Thanks is what happened to me.
(I believe it is impractical for DOS to revoke every passport issued to every sex offender if 80% of them never use it for travel. They only want to focus on those who actually do travel internationally.)

My opinion is that’s its more nefarious. Most countries require the VISA holder to also hold a valid passport.

You travel, get a VISA. Two months later your passport get revoked, other country revoked VISA, and you’re back in the USA in a flash.

I couldn’t think of a better way to screw an SO.

I think you give them too much credit. To have some type of nefarious plan would require the ability to coordinate a complicated plan of action across multiple offices in multiple places. They can barely accomplish the most basic task of issuing a passport, let alone put together a coordinated plan.

I travel several times with an unmarked passport, before the passport was finally revoked two months after my return from a trip. So far, there’s been no indication of anyone having their passport revoked mid-trip while in a foreign country. Please speak from personal experience, not from conjecture.

That’s what I thought as well, but it was about 9 months after 4th trip over three years before I got a revocation letter.

According to what I was told by the person I spoke to at the passport office who works with the IML passports, it has much more to do with when your case file gets processed by Angel Watch than anything else. Once Angel Watch adds you to the list, you’ll get an IML passport.

If you know you will eventually be on the list, it might be worth just asking for one rather than waiting to be revoked. Unless of course you want to be without a passport for a few months while you go through the process of getting the correct one.

@M C

I had traveled overseas four times in a three year period of time with no problems. The last two times I arrived at the immigration desk on the other end though it was apparent that my passport was on their watch list, apparently as a result of the notification sent over by the USA.

From my conversations with the Passport Office it seems that the revocation is not triggered solely by using your passport for international travel. That may start the process sooner for some, but it’s not until the Angel Watch Office actually does the leg work to confirm you meet their qualifications do you get added to the list. What it sounded like to me is that they are slowly working through all the names on the various state registries one by one inspecting each to determine if an IML passport is in order.

After each of my trips overseas I fully expected to get a letter from the State Department, but mine was almost nine months after my most recent return to the USA.

Perhaps at the beginning of the IML process the revocation letters were more closely connected with an overseas trip, but it didn’t seem to be the case for me.

My suggestion for anyone that qualifies for an IML passport who intends to travel out of the USA is to get your passport renewed early with a letter specifically asking for the IML passport. Lots easier to do this as a normal renewal on your own schedule than to have it revoked and have to apply for a new passport. When you apply for a new passport you cannot use your passport as proof of citizenship since it’s been revoked and is no longer valid, and you have to obtain original/certified document(s). Plus, doing it on your own means you are unlikely to get revoked at a time that interferes with your travel plans.

Has anyone been able to travel for vacation to Mexico?

This subject has been covered too many times here. Mexico does NOT allow registrants to enter. If you somehow get in ( car trip, private plane, etc) and are asked, you will be detained and deported. Look on the matrix of countries. It covers all of this. Asking 400 times will not change the answer.

I question as to the accuracy of this Travel Matrix.

My gut feeling is that it is out-of-date and it probably hasn’t been maintained in a while.

@JohnOK, its based on reports provided by people who have attempted travel to those places because that is the only way to find out so its only going to be as accurate as those reporting it. Additionally, when someone attempts entry to a country, is turned away, and reports it so it can be added to the matrix other people are not likely to attempt entry because they do not want to spend money only to be turned around on the next plane home. So unless someone (maybe you?) wants to spend money to try, against what is advised by the matrix, so that they can update it, the information is not likely to be updated often.

Additionally COVID-19 has in many cases virtually halted travel or slowed it way down to all of the countries on the matrix. This is going to make update even less likely.

Mexico is a special case though. There has been lots of even recent information about Mexico so attempting entry would probably not yield a positive result. When it comes to Mexico, there is also pending legal action in Mexico courts because such denial of entry is probably unconstitutional under the Mexican Constitution. I’m sure this action is still proceeding but that Covid-19 has halted or at least slowed this process. Eventually I think there will be allowed entry to Mexico but you are going to have to wait awhile.

“When it comes to Mexico, there is also pending legal action in Mexico courts because such denial of entry is probably unconstitutional under the Mexican Constitution. I’m sure this action is still proceeding but that Covid-19 has halted or at least slowed this process”

How do you know there is pending legal action in Mexico?


“its based on reports provided by people who have attempted travel to those places because that is the only way to find out so its only going to be as accurate as those reporting it.”

I understand what the RTAG Matrix is for- my contention is that it hasn’t been updated since October 2020.

Remember that RSO Registration laws are subject to change. That being said, just because a Registrant was allowed entry into (Italy for example) in October 2020, that doth not mean that everything is still the same in 2021, especially in light of the fact that the pandemic started after October 2020.


John, appreciate you voicing your gut feeling. Question to you, what can be done about that?

The travel matrix is updated by that source when they deem fit, but not sure there is any means to force them to do it any other way.

Everyone would benefit from any ideas on how to improve and distribute information on travel. That said to my awareness the information on domestic and international travel has been done by organizations and individuals working as advocates for people forced to register.

Also, I guessing it was a typo or an oversight, but for clarity the pandemic started in late 2019 and early 2020. For example California started its statewide shut down in March 2020. If memory serves me correctly the trouble in Wuhan China started in December 2019.

@JohnOKvThere was an RTAG conference call about this prior to the Pandemic.


Question to you, what can be done about that?

I think they could probably create a form on this website where people can simply submit their information. Then the Matrix could just be a reflection of this data. My guess is that it would need to be moderated in some way.


I am also suprised that:
NO RSO has been denied entry in ANY Country since October 2020.

Needless to say, with all of the new changes that are going on including Covid, one would definitely need to plan very carefully, any international travel to ANY destination.

The RTAG Matrix is definitely a good starting point, but since there have been no reports in such a long period of time, I question as to whether this source is up-to-date.

I would definitely recommend extreme caution. In my view, I think that registration requirements are becoming more strict worldwide with even more registration schemes coming online.

You are correct, the safest way is to ask the consular office of the country you want to visit and they will tell you where they stand. Some one went to El Salvador and was sent back on the next flight. But could be just that particular immigration officer.

unless you are no longer register in the USA or you are a Mexican citizen you will not get in to Mexico

Don’t even try, forget about Mexico and Canada forever. You will be sent back right from the airport and you will lose a lot of money from airline tickets and hotel. I’ve read that you wont have a problem traveling to most of Europe, except England.

Received the second mailing from the US Passport Office today with the proof of citizenship they were returning to me.

Not in the envelop? My old passport – the one with the expired visa and entry permit for overseas.

This is not totally surprising, as I was told the only circumstance under which they normally return a revoked passport is if it contains a live visa. Since mine expired before my new one was issued I was only mildly hopeful I’d get it back. Good thing I have a copy of the visa and entry permit, as they might come in handy when I return to get them renewed.

Now the work begins having my attorney overseas file the necessary paperwork to get my new passport number linked to my file there, and once the borders open up after Covid I hope to be able to make arrangements to go back and have my visa/permit renewed. Will probably take a while, as there are certainly thousands of others who also got stuck on the wrong side of the border when things shut down due to Covid. At least this is a ‘normal’ immigration problem shared by many and not one due to my status as a RSO.

Lesson to anyone else holding a visa – apply for a new IML passport before revocation if you want any hope of getting the old one returned.

All good stuff. But until someone tries we really don’t know what Hitler watch will do in each situation. Im curious as to if you get off the registry.. while having a iml passport, can you get a new on without the stamp? Because if it’s based off conviction… Than it seems like that the stamp would remain.


If memory serves correctly the IML has 2 triggers and both must be met for the stamp. 1) a conviction for a crime against a child and 2) myopic have to be required to register.

That said I don’t remember if anyone who has been relieved of bing forced register has applied for a passport and reported back.

Technically, they should not have the stamp, but we all know how accurate and timely government bureaucracies are at working in our favor.

This coming July my duty to register in the state of Washington expires (10 years after conviction). I should be considered a tier I Offender under federal SORNA, due to my offense being a misdemeanor (less than a year possible jail sentence). After I confirm I am off the list in Washington, I plan to reapply for a new passport. My current one is expired and I’m trying to avoid the “stamp”. Will report back on that later this fall.

Has anyone else been relieved from the requirement to register and then applied for a passport? I believe the statute only allows for those who are required to register (covered offender) as defined by 22 U.S. Code § 212b – Unique passport identifiers for covered sex offenders:

1) the term “covered sex offender” means an individual who— (A) is a sex offender, as defined in section 21503(f) of title 34 ; and (B) is currently required to register under the sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction;

I assume if SORNA requires registration, it applies even if the state you live in does not. Not sure about that. But since my duty under both state & federal law should expire this summer, my passport should be clean. Will find out.

If you have a passport stamp and are relieved of the registration requirement under both federal and state laws, I think you should have Angel Watch do a re-determination of your status before applying for new passport. It seems the state department receives this information from Angel Watch and once it’s placed on the passport, I’m sure they don’t stop putting it on unless Angel Watch tells them that they determined this is no longer required.

Also, as we have discussed before, the marking in the passport and being green noticed are two totally separate things. The green notice can be sent even without the passport marking requirement and the green notice seems to be a larger barrier to travel than the passport marking. Its well established that nobody really looks for the passport marking at least not yet.

I’m confused about the green notice vs 21 day notice vs passport. Looking at the bill text under section 5 for green notice, it says that covered sex offender for this is a sex offender under sorna or someone required to register. I called the marshal service and was informed by them that if I don’t have to register then they don’t send out notices.


Get that in writing from the USMS.

Will the recently proposed changes to SORNA affect your premise?

“The green notice can be sent even without the passport marking requirement and the green notice seems to be a larger barrier to travel than the passport marking.”

I have yet to see an instance where someone was denied entry or refused travel based on an Interpol Green Notice. However there have been 1000’s of people being denied entry based on the Notice that Angel Watch sends. These are completely different types of notices or alerts.

I’m guessing that you were not referring to the Interpol Green Notice.


1000s? Source for that beyond what has been shared here and other similar websites? It is possible and plausible on the angel watch notice being sent but definitely should be documented so it can be used in the fight, especially when it comes to risk assessments and travel. I think Rep Smith (NJ) has shared previously data of those turned back in Thailand. Thx.


I’m not sure what you are saying. While Angel Watch may use other means to notify in some circumstances, its been well established that their primary means of notification to a foreign county of travel is the interpol green notice and people have been turned away based solely on the green notice.

In any case, my point was that the barrier to international travel seems to be more often whatever notice Angel Watch sends and not the passport marking. In all cases I’m aware of nobody even looks for the passport markings.

So, to be clear and concise here, with an actual answer and no assumptions, is the only way that Satan Watch does their thing is if you had a conviction with a minor? Is that the only trigger? My “crime” was against my then wife(now ex) and I “pantsed” her. But it was military so I don’t know if that would trigger them or not. There was no minor involved in mine and I only spent about 3 months in the brig. So that being said, there are many of us here that didn’t get a conviction involving a minor, that are also looking for answers. I applied for my passport last year before all the COVID crap and nothing. I want to travel and want to know if I will be flagged immediately or not, due to the Satan Watch folks. Thanks in advance!! God Bless you all and stay safe out there!!

IML states specifically that passports with a unique identifier are for individuals who have been convicted of a sexual offense involving a minor.

Not that you’d necessarily want to, but I believe you can contact the Angel Watch office and ask you you’re on the list.


Per the information you posted, you should not get the mark in your passport.

That said, if you are required to register you might still run into problems. Many nations have agreements with the US and have access to criminal records and what not.

If I were in your shoes and wanting to travel there are a couple things to consider. First what are the laws for the country you intend to travel, and also what your conviction would mean in terms of their review.

It’s definitely frustrating trying to travel internationally with any record, but with a any crime related to sex there seems to be additional hurdles.

Also, if you specific locations or regions you are interested in traveling to you can post the question about the region/location and see if anyone has experience there.

Good luck and hopefully happy travels

Thanks to you all. I was looking at possibly traveling down to Colombia to visit a friend of mine or to Italy to see Venice. I live in Nevada so I think that I have to do the 21 day B.S. I want to thank you all for your reply’s. I will try and travel eventually, but I am getting let go from my job, funding not my status, and I will try and use my G.I. Bill, which is another whole thing being not only a vet with benefits, but an RSO going to college is going to be fun(sarcasm intended). I was thinking about being able to use my G.I. bill overseas to go to school somewhere else other than the judgmental people of our sh*thole country. But Thanks again for all the help. When I do travel, I will give a full update on here and the Travel Matrix page. Be safe all and stay strong!!!

Got my passport months ago, no identifiers. Havent attempted a trip but am off the registry and have a romeo juliet case. Thinking will not have a problem with it.

You will find out once you land. No one here can answer your question.

I left the U.S. on February 9th of 2019, and won’t return for another 9 years, when New York State will remove my requirement to register. I was awarded a Level One classification by a NYS Superior Court Judge, which allows me to be removed from the registry 20 years after my release from prison, in my Federal CP Case.

My advice to everyone who has passed the 10 years mark of their conviction, apply for residency in Germany or Sweden. The European Parliament in Brussels passed a law that states that you are to be considered rehabilitated once you pass that period of 10 years without sexually reoffending!

Hey Camo,

Your advice is extremely solid and gives a lot of hope.
I cannot find the law, however.

Do you by any chance know the law that was passed by the European Parliament?

Also- are you currently living in Germany on a TRP, with a work Permit, 10 years after your conviction?

Apologies for the questions- your news is potentially and literally life-saving and I’m sure many of us want proof of such statements.

Thank you sir.


Will you cite the source of the parliament decision for all here to read please with a link to it? Thx.

I’m not going to get into specifics but I was convicted of a misdemeanor that required me to have the stamp and to register in my state. I was able to petition to get relief from having to register and sent the order to angel watch who then responded and said I would now be able to get a new passport with no stamp. I applied for and received a new passport with no stamp.

What I’m curious about is since I am not a felon and I don’t have to register even under sorna (tier 1 offense 15 years minus 5 for clean record) if a green notice will still be sent out when I travel. I’ve never been turned away when entering a country including england, ireland, japan, australia and new zealand although those countries I visited after iml went into effect but before I had to give 21 days notice.

“Green Notice” vs. IML Passport Marking

I believe that you guys are correct – out of my four recent trips overseas, all were made with no marking on my passport. On one of those trips (before I had the entry visa) they clearly had a red flag on my passport in their system and nearly didn’t let me in.

I’m not sure, but it’s my understanding that the Green Notices will be sent for everyone on their list, not just those who qualify for an IML passport.

Does anyone have specifics on who they send a Green Notice out for?

The Green Notices are not “sent” so much as they are continuously available to any INTERPOL participating country (pretty much all countries) and alert officials when you arrive. They are distinct from “Angel’s Watch” notifications which are sent individually to countries “Registrant” is planning to visit which is facilitated by “Registrants” filing an IML intention of travel. There’s plenty of redundancy built into this system which makes getting refused entry that much more likely.

I’ve completely given up on travel and have just resigned myself to never getting out of this goddamned country again. I won’t even bother to renew my long-expired passport. Why on Earth would I carry their message for them? They’ve got it completely stitched-up.

I consider that the U.S. has, effectively, barred us from travel without having to say so.

Good explanation/clarification.

I’d still suggest traveling if you want to. There are places you can go without issue. Takes research to make it happen smoothly.

Oh, I’ve done all that research, as anyone who has been here as long as I have can attest. I wrote the very first warning about the not-yet-named IML a number of years before it became law. Many thought I was exaggerating or worrying too much but everything I feared has come to pass, and more. Every year prior to that Chris Smith and his allies in the Senate would trot-out their boogeyman legislation and make incendiary and willfully mendacious statements about “pedophiles” in international travel and I wrote about each of these attempts and knew that someday they would likely succeed. It took both Houses flipping to the Republicans to get it done but it finally happened.

So, I do consider that we HAVE been forbidden to travel by our government. By making us jump through impossible, flaming procedural hoops they have absolutely forbidden us to travel. Saying that we have those procedures and then utterly stacking the deck against us (like sending notices to foreign officials telling them we are travelling to their country to rape their children) is proof-positive that we are being forbidden to leave.

Europe, long a holdout, is about to bolt the door to those of us it considers to have been locked-up too long and will be joining virtually all of Asia and much of Central and South America. So, please tell me where I can go because I’m not seeing too much. I could get in one, last trip to Europe before they bar the gate, I suppose but I’m way too pissed at them to enjoy the trip. It’s too close to being American now, anyway.

Oh, and even parts of Africa have jumped on board, such as Morocco. Won’t be going back there.

@Notorious D.I.K.ennerly

What are you talking about with regard to the EU? Do you have a specific link with information or policy change?

Unless there is something else I am unaware of, I’m presuming Notorious is talking about ETIAS:

(This is an official EU website).

While I too am somewhat worried about ETIAS, on the basis of what I understand (and I do not claim to be an expert), I think it may be premature to be too pessimistic about it. Unfortunately, until the system is either actually up or closer to being up, we probably will not know much more, but my understanding is that one must disclose certain “serious crimes” committed within the last 10 years. While I have not been able to find a legally precise definition of “serious crime” for this purpose (it may be impossible to have one due to jurisdictional differences), most lists of such serious offenses include “rape”/”sexual assault” and “child sexual exploitation.”

Now, as we are well aware, the latter is especially vague. It could mean “any sexual offense involving, directly or indirectly, (a) minor(s)”, or it could mean a narrower class of offenses. Even if we assume the broadest possible meaning, my understanding is that disclosing such an offense, as well as pinging one of the relevant database checks, means your application will be reviewed manually – it is not automatic denial. The goal does not seem to be to substantially alter admissions policies per se, but rather to fill in cracks in information. The question, of course, is whether that will lead in practice to substantially different admissions decisions. One could think of the problem as: how much of registrants getting into Schengen was simply a matter of lack of information?

One reason I have for cautious optimism is that it does not seem travelers from SORNA-compliant states, such that the destination country definitely knows you are coming due to the 21-day notice, have been being turned away from Schengen, suggesting that it may not just be a lack of information allowing registrants to “slip through” who would otherwise be denied. However, again, we probably won’t know until the system is either closer to launch or is operational, so I am worried by the uncertainty.

I will be talking to some EU immigration lawyers I know about this closer to the rollout.

My research leads me to believe that there may be an issue for entry if there is a sex crime against a child and the person was sentenced to an incarceration period over two years unless a period of 10 years has elapsed after the incarceration without a subsequent offense. If you fall under that category it’s would still not necessarily a complete bar to entry though but it would certainly make it more difficult. Obviously in the end we will have to wait to see how this actually applies.

When I went to Germany, I was stopped and questioned, but allowed to proceed on my way after explaining I had a decades old conviction. They were actually surprised the Us sent them something for such an old conviction.

I keep tabs and have e-mailed Steven (U.S. who went to Germany, now seeking Asylum). To verify much of what he has stated, I paid to talk to a German Immigration attorney. She stated that the offenses are subject to expulsion from Germany and to not lie to cover them up (automatic ban). However, due to the fact they are nearly 20-years old, it would likely not be a bar from entry or obtaining a residence permit.

If convicted in Germany, sex offenses are automatically expunged (“spent”) after 20-years and cannot be used against a person. However, a foreign conviction can be considered when deciding to issue a residence/work VISA; but, the age of the conviction is a mitigating factor. Also, no subsequent convictions of any type also helps.

German law requires that they consider all the circumstances of a case. If I were to get denied a VISA I could file a claim against it, and based on the circumstances, would likely succeed. Key is the passage of time and the completion of any treatment offered or ordered in the U.S. and any other mitigating circumstances.

Also, she stated that not all jobs in Germany require a Letter of Good Conduct.

Western Europe is regularly mentioned as wide open and easy to enter, but does anyone know of a situation where someone was refused entry into countries like Germany, France, Italy, or others in the area?

I have been planning a big trip over there for the summer of 2022 and I know I overthink things, but wonder if it matters which country I fly into. Everyone mentions Germany, but it would be easier based on some of the loose plans I have to enter France, Spain, or Italy. For any of these countries, does it make sense to contact them in advance about my upcoming entry? Thanks for any feedback.

@ pnwso: A couple years ago, my flight landing at CDG airport in Paris was met by a contingent of French police who very briefly detained me because, according to documents I received from a FOIA Request*, it appears that USDOJ mistakenly sent them notification that I was a fugitive. This was quickly cleared up (in approx. 20 minutes) and I was soon released, actually making it out of the airport before many of the other individuals on my flight (as the police were kind enough to expedite me right through the passport checkpoints to the baggage claim area.) 🇨🇵 Viva la France! 🇨🇵🤗

*FOIA Request for information about one’s self have a different official name, but, at the moment, I don’t recall what that documented is titled.

(Bear in mind, that France does not have a legal age of consent law. They are only now in the process of considering one to be set at 15 years old. This is partially due to a number of high profile rape, incest and child molestation cases currently in the French news.)

Thanks for the replies David.

Am I overthinking when I am entertaining the idea of booking my intended flight – let’s say to Paris and because of the possibility of being sent back, also booking a fully refundable flight 1 week later to Berlin and turning 21+ day notices in for both of them. That way, if I am rejected on my first attempt to Paris I won’t have to come back, book a new flight at a higher price, wait 21 days and then try again. I will have a specific time window and want to make sure it happens. This way, I will only have a 1 week wait the second time. My assumption is that a rejection in one place has no bearing on the likelihood of rejection in a second location. Thanks.

@ pnwso: I would be extremely surprised if you were turned back by French authorities. I have not heard of that happening to anyone. It’s certainly your prerogative to also book a flight to Berlin, but I would suggest it may be a waste of your money. But definitely do submit your paperwork at least 21 days in advance…. preferably 30 days in advance. (I believe it was a snafu in my paperwork that caused the Green Notice system to generate an email containing the word “fugitive”.)
Personally, I never feel more free and more at home than when I’m in France.🇨🇵

My usual “port of entry” is Schiphol Amsterdam. Never had any problems 8 trips in 10 years. I’ve flown out of France once during that time. I’ve always felt having lots of the same countries stamps in my passport would help when ETIAS is implemented.

I don’t know if COVID has cooled tourism overseas to the point where they would be more discriminating, but I traveled in 2019 to France and had no issues at all, going or coming from Paris. I did get flagged with the “X”, for screening at a different line at customs in the US, but I think that is the standard procedure for those who have to provide notification of travel under IML.

I did similar research before going on my trip and the consensus I found on these forums is that France has not turned back individuals from entering. I had a great trip and never felt I was having to walk on eggshells over there like I do over here when traveling. Not being in danger of accidentally violating some vague SO law (tripwire) made the trip so much more enjoyable. I’d much prefer to travel to Europe than anyplace here in the US.

This news report suggests that ETIAS will not actually go into effect until early 2023:
EU Reporter: #ETIAS visa waiver postponed until 2022.

@ pnwso: One more thing: I strongly recommend that you take direct flights to wherever you’re going. If you have to have switch flights or switch planes in a foreign country or even just briefly stop over in a foreign country, be absolutely certain that that country will not turn you back. (I lost a cost of a round trip ticket to France because I could not get confirmation from Irish authorities that I would not be turned back on a brief layover at Dublin Airport. Personally, I avoid the national airlines of countries where you’re likely to be turned back, such as Aer Lingus [Ireland] and Air Canada because many of them have stopovers in their home countries where you could be turned back.)
Good luck and enjoy wonderful Europe!!

(P. S.: I do have an IML-marked passport, but no one has ever bothered to look at that IML notification in it.)

Thanks for the great replies. Makes me feel better, at least for now. My conviction is only 10 years old and I used to read here that around 10 yrs is the magic number now I’m seeing 20. My original plan was to spend the entire summer over there (2022) before the new visa changes go into effect and that still is my plan, but more and more I find myself entertaining the idea of just trying to stay in the region and do the “country dance” moving along to Albania, Georgia, and maybe others before returning to the Schengen zone. The end goal is to find a way to stay over there in some capacity without returning to the US unless absolutely necessary. Just have to find a way to bring in some income. Searches for remote jobs haven’t panned out and I don’t believe teaching English to adults is even an option, but still looking into it.

10 years could be the magic number, but that could also depend in some cases, on the type of conviction that you have.

Definitely lmk if you find a decent source of income. Spouse and I are considering similar plan.

Do I have to give the IML 21 day notice when not living in US. If I am able to find a way to successfully live outside the US, even if I can’t find a permanent residency situation, but do successfully move around from country to country to comply with tourist visa requirements, what happens when I return to the US for a short stay? If I am still required to register if residing in the US, but don’t currently appear on any registries because I live outside the US, what is required if I return to visit people in a few different locations and don’t trigger any visitor registration thresholds? For my return trip back to wherever (outside the US) I can only notify a state if I am currently registered. Most likely, I would have scheduled my return trip while outside the US for my planned 2-week stay. What happens when I am boarding a plane to depart the US, but haven’t notified anyone, as there is no one to notify?

Example: Depart state A for France having notified state A 21 days in advance of my planned departure and intention to not return to the US. State A takes me off the registry since they don’t keep registrants on permanently. 1 year later, buy round trip ticket from France to NY and back to France (or wherever) for a 2-week stay. I fly into NY, drive to various states and don’t trigger any visitor registrations, then drive back to NY to depart.

That’s the million dollar question.

See, Nichols v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1113, 194 L. Ed. 2d 324 (2016)

You likely will have to formally deregister prior to leaving. If you give 21-day notice, which includes an itinerary with a return date but you don’t return, you’ll likely get hit with Federal FTR. On top of the itinerary information, they also want an address or contact information. If you leave and fail to register in the state you left, without “deregistering,” when your annual (or six-month) time frame comes up, you’ll likely get hit with Federal FTR. SCOTUS did make clear in Nichols that SORNA does not extend past the jurisdictional borders of the U.S., so as long as you “deregister,” give the 21-day notice, and don’t come back into the U.S. or its territories, SORNA cannot attach to you.

How would SORNA “attach” to him if he does not live in the United States and returns for a visit? He would only have to ensure that he does not stay too long and/or work and/or go to school in any state to trigger the requirement to register. As long as he visits the United States and does not trigger any state registration requirement I do not see how anything of SORNA would come in play.

SORNA would attach the moment he sets foot back inside US jurisdiction (meaning any of the territories and possessions, too). Being Federal law, SORNA’s applicability is independent of any State laws or registration requirements, so even if he dodges the registration periods at the State levels, SORNA looms.

@ pnwso: This may help with your question. When I fill out my 21-day notification, I only provide the city names where I’m staying (not a hotel name and address, not a VRBO street address, etc) – never a specific address. So, for example, I simply write “Paris, France’ or “Montpellier, France”. That has, apparently, been satisfactory because I’ve never gotten into any difficulties putting just the city name.
(But, who knows? Maybe it has not been a problem because I am not in a SORNA-compliant state, so it’s almost more of a courtesy on my part that I submit to them my 21-day advance travel notification. So, for that reason, maybe DOS/U.S. Marshals are not terribly picky about the details on my 21-day notices. 🤷🏻‍♂️)
My apologies for the long-winded answers, but I try to be as clear and detailed as possible.

@David, et al,

The travel notification you provide appears to be in line with what the SMART office says is required regardless of SORNA or Non-SORNA state:

However, “information about any intermediate stops” could be the catch all statement they’d use where they go looking for more specific details than just the places as you mention. Not saying you are wrong. Just thinking from their side for their “intent”.

My standard replies to them would be either, “I’m unsure which hotel/youth hostel I will use” and/or “I don’t have the information for the RV I will be using.”

Maybe not mention the “youth” hostel? Always an attention-getter! 🙂


I can kind of answer this, I haven’t been on here in a while since I’m still waiting to hear from my lawyer.

First, please don’t fly to NY. If they force you to register you could get stuck in it for life as they do not remove you after moving out of the state.

When you leave the country, tell them you are moving to the other country with the intent of not returning.(I left with a round trip ticket which I later cancelled the return flight for) Normal states like Michigan will remove you from their registry.

Once you are listed as living overseas your photo and information will no longer be on the federal website. It will just list a bunch of blanks saying you don’t live in the US (this is if you are stuck on a registry in a state like NY, FL, or WI.) if you aren’t on one of those states registry after you leave your name won’t even show up there.

Unlike your plan I opted to move to the Far East where my spouse is from. My visa application didn’t require a background check or ask about convictions as is the case with many countries in the area.

When I get the chance to apply for permanent residence they will require one but this is on a local level.

From what I can say about where I am at currently, the travel matrix by Rtag is wrong.

The US sent their notice and I was still allowed entry. The only things that would bar entry would be is if you are currently on parole/probation, are a fugitive, have a drug conviction, or just look like you’re gonna do something illegal.

When going through immigration here, a big red flag is if you have a lot of exposed skin or aren’t wearing a collared shirt.

I have lived here peacefully for almost 5 years without any issues other than worrying about the US changing the rules and revoking my passport out of nowhere.

When I renewed it here I received my new one in a week. They handed me back my old one after I submitted the papers with two holes punched in the information page.

Like I said in the beginning I’m still waiting to hear back from my lawyer about getting my name off the NY registry as my original conviction wasn’t even from NY and I got stuck on there when I had moved there for work.

I probably won’t be on here for another long while as I have a lot of stuff going on over here. Hopefully I was able to answer some of your questions and not raise any new ones.

Please don’t ask what countries you can try to move to that will let you stay over here.

I married for love and got lucky even though getting PR here is more of a pipe dream that can take up to 30 years to get if you’re lucky.

What I can say though is if it were the next country over I could have gotten citizenship in 5 years and just sit on the beach drinking Bintang or asam jawa(whatever floats your boat)

Glad to hear things seem to be working out, there. I know the country and it does have some really good points but a few others that are less salutary. Did your new passport get stamped with the mark of Cain?

P.S. I’ve drunk a lot of Bintang over the years! It is a delightful country just one with some really, really scary aspects but, in all my travels, I’ve yet to find the perfect place. Everywhere seems to be simultaneously wonderful and awful. With age, I am beginning to accept the glass half-full.

Has anyone on here attempted to get a criminal rehabilitation from the Canadian government to allow entry to their country? I spoke with a Canadian Attorney this afternoon to see if its possible. just looking for some input before I put out $3,000 for their services as well as the $770 to the Canadian government.

I tried this 8 years ago and it was shot down. I came to understand that, while Canadian lawyers will take your money to process the paperwork, the Canadian government will not approve a crim rehab application for anyone with a sex offense. I was particularly pissed to learn the Canadian bureaucrat who denied my application did so right here in LA at their consulate. “So that b*** gets to live in my country enjoying the fruits if my tax dollars while she denies the opportunity to live in her country? The gaul!” But I digress…
Before spending the money, ask the potential attorney for references of others with similar convictions they successfully helped migrate to Canada. My attorney promised me references and never produced them. I’m happy to provide his name to you, however. 😉
Good luck!

Leroy… I made an inquiry about five years ago and spoke with an attorney in Montreal and he told me that it was about $2000… At that time. That is for a permanent residency permit and I also know that there is a temporary residency permit that can be had and I believe it last for three years and it’s noticeably cheaper. When I spoke to some of the officers on the Canadian side in Windsor Ontario they told me that there shouldn’t be any problem at all because my case is 30 years old. I was going to do more checking to see if I could find an attorney closer than Montreal but just haven’t made the attempt yet. You do have to have a reason, like family living in Canada or that you have a job in Canada.

Thank you for your comments, I’ll definitely be doing more investigation into the possibility of travel north before I actually hire an Attorney. Travel to Canada is a two fold mission for me. One: I promised my wife and kids before my arrest that We would make the drive through Canada to Alaska to show them the beauty of it all.
Two: I advocate for R.C.’s rights at a local level, and am looking to establish other precedence such as getting permission to enter Canada. Back before I had learned of the existence of Janice and ACSOL, I worked with a local Attorney recommended by my S.O.T.P. Councilor to convince probation and the courts that Residency restrictions applied to parolees, not probationers. That got me back home with my family after 3 years of supporting two households. After that I worked out a plan with my son’s school Superintendent to be able to attend parent teacher conferences, concerts, and even allowed my Wife and I to help teach a parenting for young adults workshop on the school campus.
Currently, I am working on a training program to help people in the local S.O.T.P Learn a trade to help them make it through Treatment and then life post treatment. I watched too many people trying to make it through this being kicked out for lack of payment.. almost myself before I started getting accepted back into the community after I was released. We all do what we can do to help each other keep going.

@leroy: When applying for rehabilitation status under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, a simple form is used. I didn’t use an attorney, but it if you hire one that works near the immigration office they can easily check on its status and ensure it doesn’t get buried. An attorney shouldn’t cost more than $1,000. If approved, the effect is you are no longer described in A36(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act because of the conviction. If you’re young and achieve enough points, you and your family can immigrate for free. If you’re old or otherwise don’t qualify with points you can buy a business and employ a citizen for 1 year to qualify as a permanent resident. The minimum investment needed is $200k for most areas and $100k for rural regions in the cold north.

They also grant asylum to Americans escaping sex offender persecution. Canada granted asylum to families during the “Wenatchee Witch Hunt” in the 1990’s where a rogue detective went on an accusation spree and got people convicted of fabricated child sex offenses. They also granted asylum to a bail-jumper from Florida who had sex with her son’s minor friend. They’re not liberal, just not evil. Once admitted, there are no laws that require you to report to police. Personally I don’t assert my civil rights in every instance. It’s easy to comply with reasonable requests from local police. They are simply nervous and want to keep their jobs. The freedom and respect you and your family will experience is immeasurable.

Very interesting. How sad that decent countries have to offer asylum to Americans. But America is a special kind of stupid, as we’ve all seen even more clearly in recent years. American “exceptionalism” is not good.

In America, it is not possible to respect law enforcement. It would be great to live somewhere where a person could.

I like the “They’re not liberal, just not evil” statement. Registry Supporters/Terrorists are evil. Probably the best label for them.

I am originally from Detroit just a couple of miles from the bridge and have traveled to Canada for more than 50 years. Any criminal conviction, including a DUI, is a no go. You have made the first step by contacting an attorney in Canada. Make sure you have an attorney that specializes in immigration because Canada is difficult but not impossible for registrants.
If you travel to Canada prior to your attorney telling you so, you will be turned away and make obtaining residency more difficult. Wait until your attorney tells you to travel to Canada before you go.
The upside to Canada is that they have already granted political asylum to some registrants. This has been done for several registrants who have had consensual sex with 16 or 17 year olds because the age of consent in Canada is 16 and canadiens don’t view this as a crime. Under 16 is a totally different ball game. As a general rule if your conviction is more than 10 years past, you stand a chance.

Green Card and worried

I’m a RSO, currently on supervised release. I was convicted of posession of CP, got 5 years, but was never deported. I never gave up my passport(Irish) and when I was released, I renewed it by mail. So I have a new foreign passport. Can I travel on it without any problems? I’m planning on leaving the US for good, and don’t want to have any trouble with getting stopped when traveling.


You will need to give the required travel notice so you don’t get arrested trying to leave. You might also find that notification of your travel is sent to wherever you go even your country of citizenship which may have its own set of implications. Also, though you don’t plan to come back you may never be able to. Once you aren’t subject to travel notices you should find travel easier otherwise.

I was planning on leaving once my supervised release was complete. As for notice of travel, probably go to France first then go to Ireland from there on my Irish passport. So if I tried to travel without giving travel notice, my passport won’t flag, but would my name?

All international flight passenger lists are screened by Department of State, Department of Justice, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service…. In other words, the federal government.

Satan Watch will know when you fly to France, whether you give notice or not. Satan Watch usually sends notice to your first international destination, but normally France wouldn’t care. So I would do what you say, but give your 21-day notice to avoid that possible 10 year federal sentence for violating IML.

I’m not sure you can while on supervised release. That would be absconding, maybe?

Otherwise, be sure to reregister in your state. Failure will be a new felony.

Also, give 21 day notice.

Or, go to your consulate and see if you can’t get out under some protection as an Irish citizen.

I’ll give the 21 days notice and leave. Once I’m I’m there, I’m done with the USA. Never returning here, so there’s no reregistering as I’m not in the US any more.

Hello! Does anyone know about current rules/laws for Portugal? Seems like a great place to move to but I’m having trouble getting current info about SO laws.

Portugal is part of the schengen and you should be fine. Do it. I did France, Germany. Croatia, Bosnia and Czech Republic…no issues.

Just read that Belize is now the first Caribbean county accepting US visitors who have had the vaccine, which my wife and I have. The RTAG matrix says Y/N on admission and has this puzzling note “May be turned away, expect to be interrogated.” Anyone know what that means or have any recent personal experience? Thanks.

Well, I was going to Belize in Jan 2019. The travel matrix said they did not turn away SO. However, 2 days before I was to leave, the airline called and said they were refunding the money for my ticket because the Belize govt contacted them (airlines) and said I would not be allowed in.

I emailed my experience to the matrix site and that might be why it’s saying may be turned away now.

Good luck and post your experience, I’d like to try Belize again.

Belize is part of the British Monarchy ( Gov’t & Politics section). Thus, it would not most likely allow people forced to register in the USA w/in their border because of that tie (even if they are they own independent country). Not sure if any other British tied to country allows people forced to register in the USA within their borders. However, if you are going to attempt anyway, best wishes for a successful attempt.

Slight correction: Belize (nee British Honduras) is not part of the British Monarchy. It became an independent nation in 1981. It is, however, still part of the British Commonwealth and is a British Protectorate (i.e. the Brits will defend them if needed). That all said, they do seem to follow in the footsteps of the mothership, just like all the rest of the current and former (US, Canada, Australia, etc) children.

My comment is about nearby Guatemala, the only country south of the US border that shows any signs of hope in the travel matrix. Does anyone have updated thoughts or experiences related to Guatemala? Many years ago before my trouble I went to one South American country and Costa Rica 3 times and always imagined I would spend more time down that way in the future.

If anyone thinks our government or any government doesn’t know where you go or private information about you, watch some of Snowdens videos:

I love this place. So many good people and great ideas and there is always something to learn. I just went back and reread this entire thread and sometimes it is just overwhelming. My conviction was 8.5 years ago and I served 6 and now have 6 months left on probation. Some of the posts mention that if you served more than 2 years there could be problems with entry, even into Europe. Also not quite 10 years has passed, although currently my international travel plans will be next year – almost 10 years since my conviction. So many questions: Do I apply for my passport now and just request the mark? No need to rehash the details of the IML stamp since it is covered so well at the top of this page. My plans are very uncertain and I may try to go over to western Europe and travel around for 90 days and then go to low cost countries in the region (Albania, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, and others) on a new tourist visa. I won’t make any return plans, but if I don’t get the IML stamp there is the chance that at some point I get notice that my passport has been revoked and I have to return to the US immediately without notice and I don’t want that to happen.

Now I am once again entertaining the idea of a ‘test’ trip 6 months before my open ended trip in the summer of 2022. If my test trip goes well,, then I would just plan to fly back there – Amsterdam or Paris. I don’t want anything to impact my summer trip and have lots of anxiety thinking ahead to that.

You can get into Europe just fine. My conviction was 21 years ago and I was incarcerated a little under 7 years. I’ve been to Europe, so yes, you can go.

your plan sounds just like mine.I’ve traveled twice to Europe in 2019 with the stamp.No problem.Only coming back I was delayed.Plan to retire early in dec 2022, go to Europe and not come back. A U.S. citizen can live there well with no stress and low cost, especially Eastern Europe.Good Luck.


I am helping a friend in CA to research countries where we might be able to get a second passport / residency. I have not tried to travel yet on my unmarked passport but recently, my friend was turned away from Costa Rica. He had been there numerous times without trouble but a new person in the police department took his information. She claimed to have to notify the FBI. I thought the locals just submitted info to CA department of Justice. Either way, he was held in detention for several days until he could buy a second return ticket, as the first was several weeks away.

Are there any success stories that I can share with my friend or resources or suggestions?


My opinion follows:
If your friend has lots of money to invest, >$100,000 maybe, a good lawyer could get him residency in a number of countries, but passports usually require citizenship, which is much more difficult, and would limit him to a few small third-world countries.
If your friend’s conviction was a long time ago, and didn’t involve much jail or prison time, his conviction could be considered “spent” by many countries, so maybe $10,000 to invest could open more doors. I know Portugal is happy to have immigrants come and invest, though they cater more to people from the UK. Many RCs have been successful in getting residency in Germany, but I don’t know about citizenship.
Personally, I like the island of Madeira. They seem happy to have immigrants and were very friendly when I spent several days there.

Someone posted here late last year about Turkey, which was never on my radar until I read his posts. 250k investment in real estate qualifies you. I am now quite interested in that, but can’t spend the money anytime soon. I would love to hear more on this option if anyone has any info

Wasn’t sure if this was posted previously, so I apologize if it was. I was researching the ETIAS that is supposed to go into affect in Europe in a couple of years. I came across this page which clearly states that one would have report their conviction ONLY if it occurred in the last 10 years. Their may be something in Europe believing in second chances, and the ability for one to get their life back. I keep hearing it, but have a hard time getting my head around it after dealing with this country’s hate for so long.

If that is what they plan to ask, then I will have just crossed the 10 year mark a few months before the end of 22. Hopefully the fine print won’t say – “or released from incarceration within that time frame” like many employers do. It does say they check various databases during the application so they will probably know everything anyway

Just read the ETIAS link.That is what it says.Only offenses in the last 10 years.I guess if time passes and no problems you are considered a decent person.That was helpful to post.I was worried about that fact.My conviction was 2002.Makes me feel better about applying for ETIAS.Thanks.

To all those asking all the redundant questions concerning , what country allows, who responds to notices, and what about after my removal. You need to realize that these are all questions that have variables based on your offense, how long since your conviction, and ultimately YOU as a person.
I have a relative in Thailand that has spoken to people about my return. With letters of reference from a nationals and people stateside, a formal request for a hearing by immigration services there, and a good Thai Lawyer who understands the national customs,Thai law and can articulate my situation, I have been told I will not have an issue.
My offense is a tier 1 internet misdemeanor and I will be able to petition in a couple of yrs. This is the only offense I have ever incurred. I lived in Thailand for many yrs. without so much as a traffic violation. I speak the language well. I have family and made friends, both professionally and personally. This seems to carry weight with their justice system.
I am feeling good about my chances of returning “home”. I am simply waiting for my time on registry to terminate so that I have nothing hanging over me from a legal standpoint.
Where ever you intend to go, especially if you are looking to reside there, show the country that you are serious. Learn the language, learn the laws and customs. Do your research and hire an in country attorney. Don’t just go knocking on the door and say, “Hi, mind if I hang here, because I hate my country”. These places have their own problems and aren’t looking to have America’s metaphorical trash thrown on their door step.

I yield my time……….

If it pleases your honors, the travel advocate makes valid points. As prosecutor of nothing at all, I motion for my own dismissal as well as any pending charges of xenophobia. 🙄🤪

I really don’t know where to start with this. I disagree almost completely with your first paragraph, but I am very hopeful that your return to Thailand will be successful – it appears that you have all your ducks in a row.

The questions may be redundant “concerning what country allows, who responds to notices, and what about after my removal”, but sadly, they have VERY LITTLE to do with your offense, how long since your conviction, and YOU as a person.

I think the problem is, we are talking about two different things. You want to return to live in Thailand, the rest of us just want to visit. Reading between the lines, I have to assume that you were refused entry at some point, otherwise I don’t see the need for letters of reference, lawyers, etc., or maybe you are just being over cautious.

I also have strong ties to Thailand. My wife was born and raised there. She graduated from Thammasat University, then came to the US on a full scholarship, and got her Masters degree here. Most of her large family is still in Thailand. My daughter has a Thai passport, and she taught English at a private school in Bangkok for a year and a half. My brother lived full time in Thailand for 8 years. Now, he owns a home near Bangkok, and lives there 2-3 months per year.

I was shocked 3 years ago when I was denied entry into Thailand. The Thai officials, who were waiting for me as we got off the airplane, were actually quite friendly, but basically said that in good conscience, they couldn’t let me into the country after receiving the letter from Satan Watch. They showed me the letter, and I have to admit, if all I knew about me was the slanderous, over the top, misinformation that was in that 5-page letter, I wouldn’t have let me in, either. The officials said they may let me in if there was a US Government official who would vouch for me, but it was 7pm on a Friday evening, and I had no idea who I could call. So, they set me up on a flight leaving Bangkok 2 hours later (actually, the same plane we came in on), let my wife go to the airport lobby to meet her waiting family and exchange gifts, and let me wander around the airport by myself until the flight left (I managed to eat at the Burger King).

We had planned to be in Thailand for over 3 weeks, including side trips to Malaysia and Angor Wat, but it all came to an end based on one letter from an organization engaged in a competition to see how many US registrants they can prevent from entering foreign countries (they give awards to the countries who reject the most registrants). We lost thousands of dollars from non-refundable airplane tickets and tours.

We had visited several countries before this denial, including Mexico, China, and Egypt, and we have visited over 40 countries since then. The bottom line is, if you are only going to visit, the only factors that really matter are whether Satan Watch sends a warning letter, and whether the receiving country wants to use that as a basis for denying you entry. And soon the new factor, if some of us are lucky enough to get off the registry in the next year or so, is whether Satan Watch will continue to send the letters based solely on our convictions, and not whether we are registered.

Only if you are planning to move to a foreign country will factors like your offense, how long ago it occurred, if people will write letters of reference, whether you speak the language, whether you find a good lawyer, etc. make a difference.

I guess I got off point a bit. Apologies.

Mike, you think you would’ve had better luck flying into a different destination and THEN to Thailand?

Is there anyone here that is a RSO and a Green Card holder? Trying to figure out about deportations and travel on a non US passport

I think if you have a felony conviction and you are a green card holder, you are facing possible if not probable deportation and being blacklisted from entering U.S. properties.

I’m already in the US, and ICE decided to remove my detainer before I was released from prison. No explanation. But yes, I do live in fear of getting picked up by them. That’s way I’m leaving for Europe as soon as I can

One possible good thing, and that is if you aren’t British or Aussie, then you have a great chance of getting your life back and leaving this behind you.

That’s right. I’m not a Brit, so that’s all I’ll say on that 🙂 Just 2 more years of supervised release and I’m gone. Unless ICE comes to get me first

I traveled to Europe in 2019 and have never received a letter with revocation although I fall within the rules for it. Now, I live in Illinois a non-SORNA state where our police will not accept 21 day notices. But, I’m worried that somehow my passport passport has been revoked because of my travel and I didn’t get the letter. I’m planning another trip to Europe this summer, now that things are opening upon, and I’m afraid I may arrive and be told by customs that my passport is not valid. Does anyone know how I can check the current validity of my passport — a website or phone number?

I tried this, and it appears it’s for people who have applied for a passport, not for those who currently have one.

There is a phone number that appears as you step through the form. You can call and ask questions

I’m still on probation, so I can’t go yet anyway. And if I did go overseas, I would never set my foot again on any country that has a Future Crimes policy like the registry.

Not everywhere prevents international travel while on probation. When I was on probation, though that was many years ago now, and prior to IML, I was able to travel internationally, which I did multiple times with no issues aside from the secondary screening upon return. I even had no issues getting into the UK both while on probation and while off but still on the registry as late as 2010. The last time I traveled internationally was in 2012 though simply because I am much busier than I was prior to 2012 and just don’t have time. I may try go again soon though but it will be a Schengen country because that’s where I prefer to travel anyway.

While I haven’t been on a registry since mid-2010, according to what I hear there’s a good possibility I would still have a green notice sent and be denied entry. Problem is I have no idea what, if any notices would be sent to a receiving country about me.

If you need to verify whether your US passport has been cancelled or revoked, contact the State Department by calling the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778. If you’re leaving in a few days for international travel and need to resolve passport issues, you should call the phone number listed on Notice CP 508C. If you already have a US passport, you can use your passport until you’re notified by the State Department that it’s taking action to revoke or limit your passport.


From the link, it looks like if I owe the IRS my passport will be revoked. Nothing about being a registrant. You’d think they would be happy to see registrants go.

What happens if I get the notice, but am living overseas and going from country to country, taking advantage of tourist visas with no plans to return until necessary? Do I have to unexpectedly drop everything and return to the US? or can I get it through some entity over there?

If you know that it’s been revoked you can get a new passport at a US Embassy.

Warpath posted this Travel-Matrix link in General Comments so he gets credit for finding it:

It appears to be a bit more comprehensive than Rtag.

Makes you wonder if this docu-film (2011) isn’t what started IML (2016).

Possibly. Though no one caught was already on the registry. So IML is pointless.

I have a federal felony conviction and recently renewed my passport in August of last year. It came in with no markings of any kind and I’m wondering about travelling to Mexico later this year. I keep seeing mixed information about this. Should I contact the Angel’s watch? Mexican Consulate?

For reference: I have successfully travelled to Mexico back in 2009. I know IML took effect after this but again: my passport is unmarked and I’ve never been on a public registry. Not sure if that makes a difference or not. I’d certainly appreciate any kind of feedback. Thanks so much in advance…

It would help if you would provide more details of what specifically you were convicted of, date, and sentence. You indicated it was a felony, so possibly sentenced to more than a year? You stated you never were on the public registry, so I assume you lived in a state where your tier or level did not require publication? How long ago did this happen?

Hell no, I would not approach the government and ask should I have my passport branded. Not until they reached out to me and told me otherwise. Others likely disagree with this statement. It will not likely be a problem going into Mexico, just hassles when you return. You do need to be careful that you are not still required to provide 21 days notice under federal SORNA. If so, in that case you may be denied entry to Mexico. Sort of all depends if your state will notify the US federales.

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Thanks for the reply. I was convicted back in 2003 of possession of child pornography and sentenced in Federal court to 16 months imprisonment. I live in CA btw and register under penal code 290.

@ John: Here is my understanding of the IML unique identifier passports. I reside in California. I had a conviction involving a minor in 1995. I had an unmarked passport and traveled to Europe a few times with no problem at all. I provided my local registration office with 21-day advanced notification prior to every trip. I appears to me that it is only after a registrant’s passport has actually been used for international travel that the passport revocation is triggered. It is my belief that, rather than waste time and effort to revoke ALL registrants’ passports – many of which will be thrown into a desk drawer never to be used – the U.S. Department of State only revokes the passports that are, in fact, actually used for international travel.

I went to Europe in 2019 and I was never revoked and plan to use my passport next year for a return trip.

Steve, Please let us know the details of you trip. Which country etc. Have a great time!

Steve, I went to Europe probably four times before I finally got a letter revoking my passport.

Hi all,
Was wondering what is the environment like for SO in Arizona? We’re currently in MN and it’s ok, but I have a potential job in Arizona that I’m interviewing for. Not sure if AZ is a good state to SO to move to? thank you so much for your inputs as I don’t know where to find these information to consult? If you could share the infor to find these kind of information also, so I don’t ask about all 50 states, I’d also appreciate your help

AZ requires registration if you are required to register in the state of conviction. Also, if your offense has similar elements to an AZ offense you are required to register. I understand the local police determine if you are publicly listed on the SO web site. It seems up to their discretion. You have like 10 days before you have to register. I have visited family a few times but never registered there. My visits have all been short term, so I do not bother.

Yes, also, if your offense occurred on a Monday, Thursday or Friday of a leap year or a Tuesday or Wednesday of an even-numbered non-leap year, you must register. 🙄
Seriously, that is how the 50+ different State* registration requirements seem to me – ridiculously convoluted, contrary, obfuscated and ever-changing. 😡

*states, territories, protectorates, etc.

I think it is because they simply have no clue how it is designed to operate and therefore simply throw crap at the wall and hope something works. They don’t want to take the time to have an informed discussion. That would mean they are recognizing us as people, and that goes against everything they feel.

After your initial registration every year after you go to the MVD (DMV) To “renew your license” as RPs’ only get a 1 year license and “SEX OFFENDER” is stamped on it.

*it has been many years since I’ve lived there but believe it is still in effect.

This is a comprehensive explanation of both domestic and international travel rules and restrictions
updated 11/20, so should currently apply to all states

Dear Eric:

I read with great fanfare and interest this vital link from Once Fallen that you provided.


While I appreciate you posting this and OF’s efforts in putting this together…there are two takeaways…first, it is very depressing, but secondly and more importantly this emphasized and starkly points out the almost impossibility of any of us trying to live a normal life.

How do you navigate going anywhere?!? I defy any Supreme Court Judge reading this as an attached Exhibit A and not see the jeopardy and confusion that their prior ruling in Smith v Doe 2003 has imposed on nearly 1 million American citizens.

What they have done to us has been to create an invidious but also deeply dangerous labyrinth that is impossible to safely pass through….or even get you head around.

It is true that I read this entire lenghty piece at one sitting and it is this that made me crazy. But no honest person can read this without coming away and knowing what a terrible position we have been put in….the door for us must be re-opened and Smith v. Doe overturned.

I doubt this will happen, but I can pray that America will come to its senses….or, if not, that all of us will finally find a cohesion in a political sense…1 million voters can swing elections if were were all to band together.

Best Wishes, James I

Honestly, the best in my opinion is to get off your state registry if possible, then move offshore. More people seem to be doing this , and not just those on some stupid f****ing registry. America is finely being seen for what it is; oppressive, racist, and corrupt in every facet of society. For the most part we have become a “ what can I get without giving “ culture.
There are wonderful places to live around the world. Good schools if you have kids, and business opportunities. I myself am in the process of getting everything ready. I have two different opportunities in two different countries( I prefer to not name them), neither have any issues with my offense. I have been told that other countries look on misdemeanors as just that, an indiscretion. And the time since conviction holds more weight in other more enlightened societies. The next time I get on a plane, it will be to leave the U.S.


I started reading this but my reading quickly devolved into skimming it. One tidbit from it stood out to me as perhaps being wrong.

“If you move to another state you must register when you get there.” That form and statement is applicable to you for the rest of your life. 

I’m not so sure about this. The quoted statement is what’s on a RC registration form. That form only applies to those subjected to registration in that State. I believe if I complete the registration requirements for my State, that quoted section couldn’t reasonably apply to me any longer, as I’m no longer a RC in my State! In other word, that phrase doesn’t apply for the rest of my life in that State unless my registration is for life. Otherwise, my obligations under my State’s registration requirements terminate when my obligation to register terminate. If this weren’t the case, then OF’s statement could apply to any and all other phrases on that registration document. I doubt he believes that to be true.

There could, however, still be a problem if I enter another State, especially given how many of the laws are written to encompass all sex offenses ever done. Countering the phrasing, though, is the recent case out of the 7th regarding how IN handles migrating versus always-native RCs.

The advice to check with registration offices is prudent. Also prudent is learning which States simply to avoid entirely (which is what those legislatures are hoping for). Last check, AL and FL were probably the absolute worst, though I recall NC being not to far behind. Other States, such as NH and MN, are much more forgiving in their registration time frames.

As to completing your registration then moving, depending on the sate ( New York , Florida , etc ) you would still be required to register there. It is sad but true. The removal is a state thing, but the conviction follows you.

@Eric O.:
I agree with your statement. Your statement and OF’s statement are two completely different beasts. I still maintain “that form and statement” is only valid as long as one’s requirement to register in that State continues. That a State autonomously may require registration says noting other than the State has its own sovereignty.

I am a level one SO. I have successfully opened a business in Ukraine and obtained my work permit. I well be flying to Turkey yo apply for my visa d and then flying into Ukraine. I will be giving my notice of not returning and moving permanently. I had money put up and hired an immigration lawyer in Ukraine that helped me through the process of opening my business and getting my work permit and health insurance. I know people say “Ukraine” why Ukraine. I have my reasons and one of them reasons is that Ukraine does not ask for a criminal history check when applying for temporary residence permit, but they do for a permanent one. The TRP is renewable every 3 years, so I will be fine until I’m established in the country for at least 5 years.

Good for you! Glad you found a life away from all this. I hope you find happiness and success in your business and personal life. And thanks for the info about Ukraine. Something to think about for others here. 🤙🏼👊🏼🤞🏼🙏🏼

Thank you! Just passing information along. Trying to help others that are looking to move forward.

Would it be too much to ask the nature of your business?

IT/Marketing/Graphic Design

👏👏 Very good. I hope it all goes perfectly as planned! I wonder if there are any similar provisions in any of the Schengen countries, such as Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, or Slovakia? 🤔

Well, seeing that most are homeless, living in words or under bridges, Ukraine is likely paradise.

Most are homeless? Actually most registrants are not homeless. And those that are need to rethink their approach to their troubles. Acceptance is good if it frees you from suffering, but to accept that you have no choices is just giving up, and that is just plain lazy.

I agree with you. While I do agree that it can be difficult finding and maintaining work, there IS work out there and there are employers who do not care about your past. My employer knows but it does not matter. He sees me as a valuable asset to the company, and I’m actually part of administration. I’m the operations manager for the company.
While there was a time in the past when it was hard to find and maintain employment and I almost did become homeless, I refused to let my circumstances dictate my future. It sucks being an RP, but I refuse to wallow in self pity and let the system dictate my future.

👍🏼👊🏼 , I understand in most cases homeless persons are not choosing that existence, but for those that don’t put the effort forth to change their environment, I have little empathy. In many ways they have more freedom than the rest of us. Without payments and obligations ( other than staying registered) to hold them down, they have the ability to do things that can help them move forward ( I didn’t say past ). I understand that is a simplification, but you get me point.
The registry sucks! But why make every part of your life suck, unless that is your goal.

Has anyone had any trouble entering Spain. Specifically Valencia? I am seriously considering moving there to retire.


While I have not had any issues when entering Spain ( last time was 3 yrs ago ) , they are tightening restrictions and have attempted to create a Euro Registry ( That was rejected by the Union, though). It seems that there are British citizens that are wanted for sex crimes that have been avoiding British authorities by moving to Spain.
Obviously these are fugitives and not a person that has served their sentence. I would simply do the research as it pertains to your offense and time passed since incarceration. Europe is not like the U.S. and tends not to hold someone to their past mistakes. Even if you had to inform local authorities, registries in most European countries are for law enforcement only. Privacy rights are very important to europeans.
Good luck. It is a beautiful country with a lot of benefits to a retired person.

I received 10 year Deferred Adjudication probation in 2004. Completed successfully. In Texas this is not considered a conviction. But, still required to register life time. I have a new passport and it does not have the “The Mark” on it. I probably need to get a NCIC report to see what the Feds have in their file on me. I am curious as to why they issued the passport without the marking. Anyone have any ideas?


If you are eligible for it by US Code, then you will get it upon your travel internationally being completed before it is revoked via US Dept of State letter, not before. That is the pattern seen here in this forum.

That seems to be a complete waste of time and resources. But, that’s the Gov for you. This is all such bullshit.

Don’t quote me on this, but in some state’s your non-conviction would not require registration. That being the case, IML “likely” requires a conviction and that you are currently required to register in aby state. If you intent on leaving the U.S. as soon as you indicate so and de-register in Texas (this is important) you are no longer under the jurisdiction of the U.S. while living in Spain. Thus, you “should not” be subject to IML in any event and your they would have to legal reason to revoke and remark your passport.

The U.S. Supreme Court already ruled that the registry only applies within the jurisdiction of the U.S. if you give your 21-day notice to the feds, de-register in Texas before leaving, move to Spain, and do not return then you are beyond the registry, at least as it is currently written.

The question then becomes, what peril are you in if you come back to visit the U.S.?

What states are you referring to as far as no registration/non-conviction? I have talked with an attorney in Hawaii who actually helped write their S.O. law and he said I would not be required to register there. I sent him all my court docs and he told me that. HGow ever, I want concrete proof. Not to mention I cant afford to live there.

Can you send that info on the Hawaii attorney? Im in that same predicament I thought a deferred was still treated as a conviction there. Did u review their law?

The USC code that authorizes the SO stamp on the passport defines an SO as someone who is required to register under SORNA. If you are a Tier I and spent 15 years out of incarceration (10 years with no conviction and and was treated) then you no longer have to register and would not be covered by this. Even if your state requires lifetime, SORNA may not. Depends on the offense.

My problem is that I am a tier 1 with a tier 3 offence! Agg Sex assault on a child. Figure that out! SORNA says im a really bad guy. Texas says non convicted, low level offender! So WTF? I really can’t handle this much longer.

Did the statute require that the government prove a 4 year difference in age? If not, it could be Tier I under SORNA based on recent Circuit Court of Appeals rulings.

If they did, its Tier II unless it involved force, threat, violence then its Tier III.

@JohnDoeUtah, I’m going to guess however that even if it falls under a Tier I under these rulings that doesn’t necessarily stop the Angel Watch Center from at least trying to make the determination that you are a Tier II or III and requiring the stamp forcing you to litigate the issue if you really want to make them change it.

Also, still seems to me like the bigger issue over the passport is still the notices that are sent. From what I understand it doesn’t matter what tier you are in or that you are no longer required to register and that simply a conviction of an offense against a minor can trigger this notification. I’m not sure how they decide on this if you are not on a registry but I certainly would like to know.

I am not on a registry because neither the state I am in and the state I was convicted in are SORNA compliant and the requirements to register expired due to time passed in those two states. These appellate rulings would otherwise put me at a Tier I however it would otherwise be a Tier II which would require SORNA registration federally in other states. The required registration under Tier II would also expire in 3 years regardless. What I really want to know is how the notices would work if I traveled both now and in 3-years. I haven’t traveled since IML was implemented but did so quite a bit prior to that. I don’t think anyone actually knows the answer and I don’t think Angel Watch Center even wants anyone to know the answer.

Well, yes, SMART can say what it wants, but its up to the Courts to make the final decision. In at least 4 Circuit Courts of Appeals, your offense must be a categorical match to a federal offense. As you can imagine there are times that 50 versions of an offense doesn’t match the elements of a federal offense. Where those 50 versions are more expansive than the federal version, there is no categorical match according to the Courts.

So, while 18 USC 2243 (“Statutory Rape”) is Tier II if the victim is 13 or older according to the Courts (SMART says its Tier III, but don’t mind them). However 18 USC 2243 requires a finding (element) that there is a 4-year age differential. If your State charge for sex with a minor 13 or older did not require a finding “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a 4-year age differential existed, then it is not comparable. Therefore, you are Tier I and not Tier II.

The Circuit Courts have not allowed the State to go back and make a finding outside of criminal due process that a material fact existed, which was not part of the trial. Between 2006 and 2011 SMART and the State’s did so, by looking at the allegations instead of the plea or charge plead to, but they can’t anymore. They were getting crazy and saying that even though you plead to a contact offense, you actually did a sex act, so you are a lifer even though that that’s not what you plead (deal) to and wasn’t proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Only Tier 3 if the victim was under 13 years old

@Matt LL

US Code also says a minor was involved not just have to register per SORNA. It is a 2 part marker requirement set: SORNA & Minor involvement

You should have no trouble entering Spain and staying for up to 90 days. Moving there is more problematic, but you will probably be successful (I hope, because Spain is on my short list of places to retire to), especially if you have some money to invest there to buy property or start a business. While your USA conviction may be a factor, most European countries (outside the UK) are more concerned about any criminal behavior within Europe. Also, if you plan to work in Spain, the company you get a job with will help you get permanent residency.

As TS says, if you are eligible for the “marked” passport, your current passport will probably be revoked upon your return to the USA, the the new one you apply for will be marked.

That said, I was one of the first ones to get a “marked” passport, but I have been to 31 countries since then, and no one has ever even looked at the mark. I’m hoping that Covid-19 hasn’t screwed things up in that respect, because we have trips to Spain, Israel, and Jordan planned for November.

To all. Thanks for the response. To @utah. Here in Texas they dont care if it is a non conviction. They still put everyone on lifetime registration. I am in contact with a great advocate attorney here, Richard Gladden, who is known to Janice and her team, and I am going to proffer up the idea of a class action suit for all the folks here in Texas that have my designation but still have to register. It might be a waste of time, and, I might might just want to pull the trigger and get the hell out of here and forego the long legal fight. I just turned 72 and i don’t have that much time left.

Mike G. If I end up there I will keep you in the loop. My fear is that if I go on a recon trip and come back to the USA I might not be able to leave again. Who knows what other B.S. laws these idiots might pass?

Good point! If you get there, and it looks like they will let you stay, then do it! I’m turning 70 in September, so I know just what you mean.

Hostage in Texas. First, not everyone in Texas is lifetime. There are two categories. Life and ten years.

Second, read Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 62 to determine if you are eligible to petition to get off the registry. If you need help understanding or need an attorney, contact Texas Voices for Reason and Justice.

Third, forget about the class action lawsuit in Texas. It will be thrown out of court. Even though the state constitution says no civil and no criminal expo facto laws, the state supreme court has ruled expo-facto sex offender laws are legal. Their ruling is a clear violation of the state constitution but it can not be appealed at the state level and you will not win that case in the most conservative federal district in the country.

And at the federal level, the 5th circuit had already ruled with prejudice that sex offender registration and laws are constitutional.

You have almost no chance in Texas of even making it to a hearing. You would be wasting your money. If you are not eligible to re-register in Texas, you are better off moving somewhere else where your offense is not considered a lifetime registration.

Yes you are correct. 10 or life. my charge was agg sex assault of a child. The Texas code on deregistering is tied to the federal SORNA act. Under that I am not eligible to deregister in Texas. Its a catch 22. Texas is not SORNA compliant but uses its guidlines. Yep. time to get out of here.

Hostage (aren’t we all)…

Yes, that is a problem with Texas still having the deregistration tied to SORNA even though it is not a SORNA state. In your case, sounds like finding another state is your best bet.

@ Mike G:. If anything, I suspect they will be more concerned about your COVID-19 vaccination status than about any marking on your passport. Good luck & safe travels!

Hoping that you are right! 🤞

went to spain twice in 2019. no problems. I plan to retire early in dec 2022 and go to spain or portugal and travel all over till I can’t walk anymore.Never coming back.

Ok, I’d like to take the dead horse (IML) and beat it some more. Maybe no one knows the correct answers. But maybe someone can clarify. My real concern is with Satan Watch, but I think the IML marker issue may be easier to tackle for now.

My confusion comes from the role of SORNA. I didn’t realize, and I’m still not convinced, that SORNA has anything to do with the IML marking. Now I realize that in a SORNA compliant state, that SORNA and the state registry are the same thing. But in California, I believe that SORNA (at least right now) is just a suggestion of how to do registration. I believe that IML requires the passport marker for everyone who is required to register by any jurisdiction, and the offense for which that registration is required involves a victim (or maybe an assumed victim or could have been victim) under the age of 18.

First off, I don’t think SORNA is a jurisdiction. I don’t think you can register with SORNA. Though SORNA suggests (or maybe requires in SORNA states) that any offense involving said minor is a tier 3 offense, and I think further suggests that tier 3 offenses require lifetime registration. Therefore, if the IML marker is based on SORNA, Then anyone in the United States and its territories who has ever committed a sexual offense involving a minor would be stuck with the IML passport marker for their lifetime.

There are around 40,000 of us in California who were convicted of the infamous penal code section 288(a) (not to be confused with section 288a). California has decided that 288(a) will be a tier 2 offense, meaning possible relief from registering after 20 years (and a bunch of legal hassles). I (we) fully expect that if we are relieved from registering in California, that we are no longer subject to the provisions of IML. But if IML is based on SORNA, then we are all screwed for life.

I welcome any comments that might shed light on this situation.

Mike G, I may be wrong, but I thought SORNA stated 25 years vs lifetime? I seem to remember 10, 15 and 25 years. (I don’t keep up with it because I am in a non-SORNA state.) And I thought lifetime was just a state imposed requirement, not federal.

And on a different note based upon what all you mentioned, what happens if one does have as you mention an offense against a minor, is registered in a non-sorna state and the non-sorna state is not located in the federal district that ruled one is individually responsible for registering (and bear in mind the proposed SORNA changes are not yet in effect) and comes off the registry after the state required time. If that person who had an offense against a minor is no longer required to register how does the IML then come into play?

I thought the IML was based upon registration whether federal or state and not based on SORNA only. Registration can be longer than what is required by SORNA if the state has stricter requirements.

Federal is 15 (10 for “good” behavior), 25, or life.

I pretty much agree with you, but if you read a few of the comments up above ⬆ it seems like SORNA is playing a major role (and not even the new proposed SORNA II)!

I suspect that even if I get off the California registry, the only way to remain reliably registry free would be to stay in California or leave the country. We could be eating lunch in a park in Podunk, Missouri, only to have some local cop run me through NCIC for whatever reason, and end up arrested because someone with my conviction is not allowed to be in a park there.

So if I manage to get off the registry, I’ll either stay put, or get out of the country.

@Mike G, Why would you ID yourself so that you can be looked up in the NCIC? The police must be able to reasonably suspect (can’t just do some random check of your ID) that you are suspected of committing a crime, in the process of committing a crime or about to commit a crime. Sure, they could possibly make up a suspicion but there still has to be some basis for it. If you’re driving a car, it’s a different story. Never volunteer more information than what the law or constitution requires. If they arrest you or forcibly make you ID, you should be able to get any charges associated with that violation of your rights dropped.

Good point. I certainly wouldn’t wear my ID on my shirt. But things can happen, hopefully rare. Someone could run into my car, drawing the police out to investigate. I could look like a suspect they are looking for, etc.
I used to listen to police radio years ago. Whenever someone was pulled over, the officer would request a (10-28? 10-29? or something) records check, giving the name and birthdate, from their driver’s license, I guess. The dispatcher would come back with something like “no wants nor warrants, conviction for assault 1993, numerous arrests for DUI, petty theft, etc.” I’m sure my conviction would become known. If this happened, and if I were in a park, or across the street from a school, in violation of some local ordinance for that kind of conviction, there could be a problem.

I agree that I can be rather pessimistic some days. Truth be told, I have not had near as many problems from being on the registry as many I have read about. Actually, the last three times I have been pulled over, I was not cited (maybe my harmless old man look), and when they handed back my license and registration, they said nothing about my being on the registry, just “have a good day”.

@Mike G, officers don’t always check this information, at least where I live and this is especially true when you are pulled over and just cited with a warning. I agree that things can happen and I think (unfortunately) if you are somebody who is nonwhite AND a PFR you are far more likely to be scrutinized out in public when police are drawn out to investigate something. I’m white and I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere where a police officer has asked for my ID except when I have either been pulled over for a moving violation or reported as a theft crime victim. If you are worried about being checked in NCIC in some other place, I would say that especially if you have someone else driving you, or not driving at all, you would be able to avoid that check from even happening in most cases.

Thanks, I’m sure you’re right. I have a habit of imagining the worst cast scenario.

Hi, I am moving to Pennsylvania from California because I am not required to register because it will be 15 years since my conviction. I was wondering if I still have to notify authorities when I travel internationally since I will not have to register

@Dennis, I am not sure who you would notify. I’m not on a registry either and I haven’t traveled since IML so I’m not sure who I could notify.

I also think a notification if you are not on probation would fall under ex post facto punishment because it is the almost the same to me as having to obtain a travel permit from a probation officer though I don’t think that’s really decided in law yet.

The principle is when you don’t have to register, you don’t have to notify. That was the advice I received from an atty who was working on a registration challenge case and advised for no registration action needed.


Be aware, even if the state where you are going does not require you to register, you could possibly have to register under federal SORNA. As soon as you cross the state line out of your state, federal SORNA applies.

If I were you, I would read federal SORNA to be sure it will not apply where you want to relocate. If your offense falls into the federal SORNA 15 year category, then it sounds like to me that you do not have to register, otherwise you would be required by federal law to make multiple attempts to register. Few offenses fall into the federal SORNA 15 year category. And what do you think law enforcement will most likely do if you attempt to register…of course they will be happy to put you on the registry. And if you are on a registry, you must give international travel notice.

I am thinking that if federal SORNA says you have to register but PA does not allow you to register, you will still need to give notice to PA about the international travel. Local PA law enforcement may or may not accept your travel notice, but you just need to prove you made an attempt and keep a copy of that attempt with you when you travel in case the feds try to arrest you either on the way out or way into the US.

But I do agree that if you are not required to register under federal SORNA or state law, then no international travel notice is required.

What do you mean that PA will not require you to register. Most states, when you move there, require you to “serve” the registration requirement of the state where you were convicted, regardless of the law in the new state. Is this not the case in PA?

Yes, I am glad Illinois Contact said this….I have been worried about this post for a couple of hours…but IC stepped up properly took care of business.

The problem, of course, with any state not having such a provision…is that all of us would start moving to PA or wherever tomorrow!

Good Luck, be sure to check this out however.

James I

Good point IC and James, but I believe Penn is in the unique position where its registry laws have largely been determined by a state Supreme Court order,
so it’s very possible this 15 year limit may apply to some out of state offenders. Can anyone who is better at deciphering these laws than me confirm this?

My point is even if PA says Dennis does not have to register, federal SORNA may say he has to register, just depends on his federal offense category.

And if he has to register with local law enforcement in PA due to federal SORNA, he is required to at least make attempts to register – at least under the proposed regulations (and keep proof he attempted to cover his but from possible prosecution). PA may or may not allow him to register.

And if required to register under federal SORNA and even if the state does not allow registration, I would think one would be required to give the international travel notice. Local PA may or may not accept the 21 day travel notice, but one should make an attempt with proof the attempt was made (to cover his butt from possible prosecution).

I’m not an attorney. These are my opinions.

I will hope that Dennis is not required to register under federal Sorna because of his offense falling into the federal SORNA 15 year category.

Anyone know what I can expect? I got off the registry for a misdemeanor sex offense against a minor in my state. I previously had a stamped passport but emailed angel watch with the court order and was able to apply for and receive a new passport with no marker.

Through the start of 2019 I had been traveling fine with an unmarked passport to many countries on the do not go to list without issue. In 2019 I had my passport revoked and had to get a new marked one which still gave me no issues traveling though after that I didn’t go anywhere other than europe.

Now that I’m off the registry both in state and am clear with sorna, have a regular passport, the fact it was only a misdemeanor, does anyone know if I’ll have any issues traveling again, to the uk, japan, etc.

@Jon, I’m in that position too though never had a marked passport. I don’t think anyone can definitively answer. It seems they may (key word may) send a notice based on the IML wording in this case. It doesn’t mean they have to but they can still choose to for nearly any offense against a minor. Unfortunately they aren’t forthcoming about their policy and what they actually do may differ from one person to another that committed a similar offense. It probably varies even more for similar convictions in different states. The answer then is to try and then see what happens and please report back here with your experience. We don’t get enough reports of others experiences in this situation.

That’s the $6400 question (actually I lost about $6400 prepaid on the trip that Satan Watch caused my denied entry).

There may be many of us in your situation if we are actually able to get off the new tiered registry here in California. As M C said, there is no admitted to policy, and no consistency to whatever policy there is.

I am hoping that getting off the state registry will mean getting off the Federal Sex Offender Registry, and that the federal one is what is used most by Satan Watch in determining their notifications.

Anyone with a criminal conviction, whether or not they are on a registry, is subject to a background check, and if that check reveals a conviction for a crime related to a minor, it could be a problem.

I would think that a misdemeanor conviction would be much less of a problem, but who knows for sure. As I have stated numerous times on this page, I have been to 31 countries with my marked passport, including some on the no go list, but in most cases, I arrived by land or by sea, not flying in.

We have trips planned for 2022 to the UK and to Japan, so I hope we get some meaningful first hand travel experiences posted here in time for us to cancel if necessary.

@ Jon

i too have been watching these threads wondering how it will work out.

to echo the other reports Satan watch has a record of sending out notices even in error. We all hope for some better understanding.

I riskier method would be to try and contact a consulate for the desired location and see if they can provide any information about likelihood of admittance.

im in the same boat, but felony against a minor. I just am flying to Hong Kong or somewhere where I know i can get in without an issue, will take a boat from there to my destinations, I cant afford to lose money on a trip due to our gov. done with USA once i get out

Give it a test run. Pick a country known to deny. But one with a cheap round trip ticket. Then go and see. If you’re on the east coast, then Ireland or England would be the best choices. Doubt that I would immediately go to a known sex trafficking country as soon as I’m off the registry. That would be tempting fate in my opinion. Not that any one of us would ever even go near a minor ever again ( I speak for myself with a misdemeanor CP offense ) but the stinky finger seems to point to us no matter how much we try to move past our mistake(s). Wish you safe and interesting travels. 🤞🏼🙏🏼

Seems like a good idea. But why not try a country that is known to deny and is bad? Really test it. Or just try a quick trip to a country where you actually want to go.

I probably wouldn’t have responded to this except for your “Not that any one of us” sentence, which also includes “I speak for myself”, lol. I go around minors all the time. Heck, I very often babysit or am the person responsible for minors. I’m not going to let the Oppression Lists bother me in any way that big government can’t force. They can do their lame harassment and I’ll make them pay.

In fact, just because the Lists exist, I go out of my way to be around children. Then I always examine the situation and try to figure out exactly how Registry Supporters/Terrorists (RS/Ts) think their magic Lists are “protecting” people. I’ll watch children in places and see how/if they are in danger of being attacked/abducted/whatever and how. I try to think about how RS/Ts fantasize their Lists protect for those exact, real-world situations. I’m around children doing water-related activities all the time. I have children at my house all the time. Again, I think about how/why the magic Lists do nothing for that or stopping “grooming” or anything else. As often as possible, I try to get firsthand empirical evidence how the Lists are a complete counterproductive failure. I’m convinced.

Remember to de-fund law enforcement today. They obviously have far too much time on their hands. And resources.

Seems like the theme of this particular discussion is Americans vs Europeans. So, my inquiry is that why are Americans this oppressive, racist

While, European nations seem to be leaps and bounds more advanced in human decency and able to provide second chances to their citizens.

(My initial post was cutoff and I couldn’t edit)

The country was built on a premise, not an ideal. The premise being that powerful white men could maintain and consolidate their power and wealth by oppressing the less educated and less fortunate. That still holds true today. Nothing has changed since the beginning. They just have better technology. The idea of this country being a united entity is rubbish. Europeans know it and laugh at our system. Nothing has proven to work. Public education is a disaster. Public assistance for under privileged is a scam and public officials are elected by the dollar, not by the vote. The corruption is so imbedded in every part of life here that it would take a complete disruption of all public and private services, as well as the refusal by the masses to give anymore support to change it. I felt this way long before my appointment to the registry. I lived overseas for almost 8 yrs and have come to despise everything about this country. I will go back in a couple of yrs when off the registry and be happy never having to associate myself with anything American. I would say what I’m will to do against this system, but it would be edited for sure.

Because that’s how US came to power and knows no other way. From the slaughter of the indigenous people for the land; to slavery; to insisting minimum wage couldn’t possible be more than $7.25; to healthcare being inaccessible for tens of millions. Everything we do is through oppression for the benefit of a minority. And that toxicity leaks down to the plebs who blame other plebs for their problems.

In the words of another member: Not to beat a dead horse but… I just received my new passport after submitting for a name change due to marriage. I wholly expected to have the unique identifier on the back as I have been on the California registry for a felony conviction since 2010. 11 years ago to be exact. Not only did it not come marked, I also have not been notified of a tier assignment. I am curious as to why? I am a travel enthusiast but have not tried going international other than Mexico on a cruise and that went fine (other than the person who escorted us off the ship to have our bags scrutinized”. Appreciated skipping the line. But what makes a registrant more “uniquely identified”? Crime? State? Gender? Thoughts?

Dear KP:

Bureaucratic ineptitude and be thankful for that…they may, or may not, catch up with you on subsequent travel. This is, I realize, insecure…but it is better than knowing and having a marked passport…the longer you can put that off the better. It is entirely possible that this requirement might simply go away…at least as applied to you.

I presume that you are in CA since you ask about your tier assignment….they did not give me mine either at my registration earler this year. I have decided not to press them on this until I can file a petition for removal…early next year.

Is this smart of me? I don’t know….I am trying to play the angles and avoid the dreaded To Be Determined category. We’ll see how this works out, at least for me. For you, let us know how you decide to procede…but it does not seem to be totally unusual to not receive your tier category at registration….I hope it relieves you a little that you are not alone in these regards.

Best Wishes, James I

Thank you James and yes, it does help to know that. Its been one, long strange trip. Especially when I had my name change and the registration department called it my AKA (my married name)? I am in California and my point of yearly contact is less than interested in anything I have to ask. She blackly stares at me when I ask her if any laws have changed that will “help” me. I am definitely NOT going to alert any Angel Watch or SORNA or whomever that they forget to give me the Scarlet A but I do come to this thread to sneak peak at other’s experience. My greatest fear is humiliation of a loved one through my own actions (albeit 13 years ago). Myself, im pretty thick skin and abhor ignorance and find it hard to tolerate. Thanks for lsitening!

Recent travel to Baja California (Mexico).

Submitted travel paperwork (21-day notice) to local LE and then emailed a request a few days later asking they reply to confirm receipt of the form. LE is so casual about something that if lost could send you to federal prison.

Traveled to Mexico by car (don’t forget to purchase Mexican insurance!) and had no problems driving south. There were cameras and tag readers on the US side but no scrutiny by Mexican authorities. I have heard from friends, however, that the “walk-though” gate does now require showing your passport and, of course, so does flying. Cruises seem to be hit or miss.

No issues in Mexico, didn’t travel that far south. Never even needed my passport. Was there on family vacation for a week.

The border wait was horrible! Three hours in line for everyone just to get to the booth (San Ysidro). Handed over all our passports (mine is unmarked but I was actually using my passport card this trip). The agent scanned them all, wrapped mine in a yellow piece of paper (which he wrote “S/O” on), clipped it under the windshield, gave me the rest back, and sent us to “secondary inspection.” Drove through a big x-ray machine and was directed to a parking space, where we waited an hour and then were sent home.

There was a causal and brief inspection under the hood and in the trunk.

Is there any evidence that an RSO is more likely to attempt to smuggle items into the US? My thinking is that this is purely punitive. Are individuals with non-sex offense felonies also routinely subjected to additional inspection? EVERY time I’ve traveled internationally, I’ve been sent to some form of “secondary” for 1-2 hours.

My offense was single count possession of CP, Federal, 2003.

Once you enter Mexico I believe you can fly anywhere in the country and only need to show ID. Not sure if this will still trigger a notice to get sent back but you will not deal with customs at this point. Crossing by land has not been an issue but I don’t know of anyone that has tried crossing first then catching a flight from TJ.

The secondary inspection probably is punitive. I’ve had my luggage tossed several times with secondary where they dumped out all my bags on to a table and looked in everything. Then they they just leave it on the table and let me deal with my clothes thrown all over the place. I think it might not matter whether or not that is punitive though because the same constitutional protections we normally get are relaxed when crossing the border, unfortunately.

@ MC: Where did this secondary search occur? That is, what airport did you fly into where this happened? LAX?
(‘Curious because I typically return from foreign travel via LAX.)

Sounds like the Mexican traveler entered the country by car and apparently returned the same way (from San Ysidro). That’s where he encountered the US Customs “secondary.”

I have flown back to the US several times into O’hare and experience very light customs secondary. Pulled aside because of the X on machine generated form and taken to a side room where about 20 or so apparently foreign nationals were arguing their case to be admitted. My wife continued to the luggage carousel, to wait while I was asked several soft-ball questions (where are you coming from, is this your current address), and I was handed my passport and joined my wife usually before the luggage arrived. Then continued out with no further hassle.

Recommend O’hare for US arrivals.

Alternatively, fly into Toronto and clear US customs there before boarding what is then a domestic flight to the US. Allow extra time for the connection, but I had no problem with the customs sending me on.

I had this happen at JFK in New York and MSP in Minnesota. At JFK they also made me give all my fingerprints. Not sure if it was to update NCIC or just to verify that I was in fact the person they thought I was.

I believe collecting fingerprints without a warrant at JFK is a 4th Amendment violation, e.g. illegal search. Going through one’s luggage, carry on, & electronics is one thing when returning from travel, as we know from the courts, but to print you is akin to getting your DNA, etc without probable cause. You have a USG issued passport and that is all they need. Any update to NCIC comes from the visit one must do when scheduled.

From DOJ archives: “The Fourth Amendment does not bar the fingerprinting of a properly seized person. “Fingerprinting involves none of the probing into an individual’s private life and thoughts that marks an interrogation or search.” See Davis v. Mississippi, 394 U.S. 721, 727 (1969). So long as the initial seizure of the person is reasonable, as in a lawful arrest, subsequent fingerprinting is permissible. It is also possible that the requirements of the Fourth Amendment could be met through “narrowly circumscribed procedures for obtaining, during the course of a criminal investigation, the fingerprints of individuals for whom there is no probable cause for arrest.” See Davis v. Mississippi, supra, at 728; see also Hayes v. Florida, 470 U.S. 811 (1985).”

Is one who is forced to register and returns from overseas travel forced to give their DNA, fingerprints, etc beyond the usual court approved search at secondary?

The data listed above may be outdated and superseded by more current data. However, are they a seized person or are they being investigated when coming through secondary?

I have to wonder if the courts would continue to allow that if challenged.

I travel overseas every year. And every time I return, I am directed to secondary. Typically, I am just asked a couple questions ‘Where did you travel to? Is this your permanent address on your passport?” Etc.
I think they have only opened my suitcase once or twice and it’s been a very cursory search as if they’re looking for a stashed bottle of wine or foreign gourmet sausage – that is, something large and obvious.
Typically, the officers seem more bored than interested and usually exhibit little heightened curiosity about me, my travels, or my luggage.
I usually return through LAX.

  • Whether a court allows it or not if challenged depends on how far you would like to go to challenge it. I looked at is as that they already have the prints so what would they obtain that they didn’t already have and what they might do if I refuse to comply. At that time I was less likely to challenge this. Today is a different story as I now prioritize rights so they would get more push back at the very least.

✈️ Montreal Question ✈️
✈️Montreal layover/plane change?✈️
Hello all. Has anyone had either a layover or a plane change in Montreal? And do you have a marked passport? And were there any problems? God forbid, were you sent back to the US and not allowed to continue on to your destination??

Dear David:

The general rule seems to be to avoid a layover in any country that would not allow you free entry, (ie London, Dublin, certainly Toronto and so probably Montreal also). I was held in Inchon, S Korea for a layover….though as I think about it, my real mistake was trying to leave the airport for a Temple Tour….that’s when they nabbed me. Otherwise, I think I could of just hung at the airport for 7 hours without difficulty.

Of course, this was 2012(?) when AngelWatch (I know SatanWatch) was just kicking into gear…I did not know what really happened and I traveled pretty freely, (Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Mexico) until Obama signed the damned IML…and I have not been out of the country since.

I did have tickets to Italy when Covid hit, but I had carefully routed myself around any Canadian or Great Britain layovers. I still have these tickets but again, while it can be a little less expensive on Air Canada, or even BA…I insisted on a direct flight to Rome.

Wherever you are eventually headed, I would avoid any layover in a country that would refuse you entry.

Good Luck, let us know how it goes

Best Wishes, James I

@David, I would not recommend trying to pass through Canada unless you obtain a temporary residency permit ($200 CAD) or if you qualify to apply, criminal rehabilitation (which costs $1,000 CAD – feel is $200 CAD + $800 CAD surcharge for having a serious offense). You can apply for the temporary resident permit after you land at the at the airport but the application can be denied do you should apply in advance of your travel. Criminal rehabilitation applications take over a year so that isn’t an option if your planned travel is soon. Otherwise, it is highly likely you will be returned to the United States at your expense. While the airline is required to return you they can also charge the airfare or change fee to do so and if you don’t have the money they will come after you for payment later.

Canada also has deemed rehabilitation but I doubt many on here qualify.

Finally you can submit the criminal rehabilitation application with only the ‘for information only’ checked. If you do that you do not pay a fee and they will respond with the steps you need to take to be admissible, if any. You will be advised of fees at that time for ant process you should follow.

Thank you both, James and MC. 😀
I think I just needed a little common sense refresher! 😂 I’ll pay the extra couple hundred and get a direct flight. 👍🏻 Thanks for the wake up!! 😄

I’ve been trying to find non US citizens that are on the registry, but live in the US. Green Card basically. How has international travel been for you? As a foreign citizen, you do not get any markings in your passport. Have you been stopped thanks to the Satan Watch? Experiences?
I just want to know what I’ll be in for when I leave the US for good in the next couple of years.

This is an experience post for people who have gotten off the registry and gotten a new unstamped passport. I decided to go to a safe European country as a trial. I didn’t give the 21 day warning as it was no longer required of me. Boarding the plane went find, the customs went fine, not even a second glance before they stamped the passport and likewise leaving the country.

Entering the US I filled out the customs form but to my disappointment was taken back for secondary screening still. So despite being off the registry under every jurisdiction and only have a misdemeanor, I still got pulled. They still went through my bag as well. Maybe customs will enter it in their system that I don’t have register anymore and I won’t have to go through next time? No idea, I just know I still did this time, which now makes me wonder if I’m still having green notices sent out.


If you have the time, the inclination, and the ability, this would be a good time to investigate given your situation why you were still pulled into secondary upon return to this country. You can go through your elected officials in Washington DC, the agency, and the department to which this this secondary inspection would be run through. You can use what’s known as a privacy act request to get any and all information on you Instead of a freedom of information act.

@ John: ‘Speaking from personal experience, I would recommend that you go online to the US Marshal Service Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA Request”) website and submit a request asking for information about your recent travel and if a green notice was sent out by US Marshal Service (or its “Angel Watch” unit).
When you successfully submit your request, you will receive a confirmation – by email – from the US Marshal Service providing you with a FOIA Request file number for your reference.
NOTE: Please be aware that it can take 6 to 18 months to get a full response to your information request.

Here’s a link:

Good luck! Be patient! 👍🏻


A Privacy Act Request will be certain to get their attention given any FOIA request will be lumped in with other FOIA requests where a Privacy Act Request is more personal. Not saying the timeline is going to be shorter, but there is a distinct difference between the two.

Yes, thanks TS! It would be a Privacy Act (PA) Request, not a FOIA Request. Thank you for that much-appreciated correction! 👍🏻

Thanks @David

One can look online on how to complete a Privacy Act request with the agency/department. They usually post on how to do that. If they don’t, then use another agency/department’s method with the correct info for the agency/department of interest.

It’s imperative to know what is happening or would happen to those who are removed from the requirement to register and the impacts on travel notifications from the USG to other nations when local notification isn’t required. This is especially true if notifications for all who have an offense record are having notifications sent overseas or just those related to the registry.

International travel

How many people have been SUCCESSFUL in filling out the application for criminally rehabilitation to enter Canada? Those that have been successful, did you use a Canadian lawyer? I plan to submit this application and need a lawyer. Can someone recommend a Canadian lawyer who has been successful with clients who filled out the application and was allowed to enter Canada? Thanks. Would appreciate a reply.

@Matt – I have not applied for the certificate from Canada, but did travel there fairly extensively in 2015 and 2016. The second time I flew into Toronto I was greeted by the locals at the airport. They took me down to a holding area and interviewed me. I had no idea at the time that convictions were a problem as it relates to getting into Canada, as the first time I went in 2015 there were no issues. The individual in charge could tell I was extremely surprised that I was being detained. I had my attorney fax over my 17b and a copy of my 1203.4 and I was allowed to enter. The next two times I decided to fly into Buffalo and drive across and did not have any issues. Once IML went into effect I decided not to go any longer as I did not want to alert Canada that I was a registrant. I’m hoping that the lawsuit involving 288c is successful and then I can start returning to Canada.

Campbell Cohen Law Firm

I just started the rehabilitation application process with the firm listed above. Surely there are others and I am not necessarily recommending. Not long after my misdemeanor conviction in 2011 I used them to file for a temporary resident permit (TRP), but that was denied at the border. Wasted $1200 on that. This recent application cost me $1250 in attorney costs and will require $1000 application fee. The process after submitting the application is 12 to 24 months, with no guarantee that it will be successful. It will however be a permanent fix to removing the criminality prohibition to enter Canada if accepted.

My registration in WA has now expired and so has my federal SORNA requirement. I figured now was the best time to apply for passport and for rehabilitation to enter CANADA.

Mr. D… I traveled back-and-forth from Michigan to Ontario from 97 until about 2017 when I was finally detained at the border. I had no idea that I wasn’t allowed to go to Canada and after a short interview I was told that because my case was 30 years old I would be eligible for either a permanent or a temperance he residency permit. And all those crossings I have never had a problem on the Canadian side but when crossing back into Michigan eye was detained every time and the border guards acted like complete potholes. I would have to park and go into the building staying at the counter and it was like they wanted to ask me questions about my case so everybody in the waiting room could hear. Also, they would tell me that there was a problem with the Michigan State police and I had better get with them as soon as possible or I was going to be arrested. Every time I would call the Michigan State police and they would say that there was absolutely no problem, that I was compliant and that the border guards were just rattling my cage. I haven’t applied for a permit, mainly because of the cost and what dealing with the American side coming back over.

Going to another country with mine very soon. But good luck.

Thanks Matthew … will contact Campbell Cohen Law Firm . The first question I’ll ask is “How Applications were successful for your clients?” I wish ACSOL AND NARSOL would give clear success rates for men applying to enter Canada… this would clear up doubt about whether it is worth spending money to apply… thanks again.

Someone asked a short time ago but I didn’t see any reply to it so I’m going to ask again. Has anyone applied for a temporary or a permanent residency permit from Canada? Did you use an attorney in Canada or did you go out on your own and how much did the total bill cost? Also… How long did it take. Thanks very much for your replies.

CK … wish people would be specific about whether or not they were successful applying through the Canadian Application for criminal rehabilitation to enter Canada …can’t someone in charge answer this simple question? MATT

What countries can sex offenders travel to


@ James: For international travel, you can check here:

General rule: Asian, Caribbean and Latin American countries will NOT allow you entry.
🇪🇺 European countries WILL allow entry.
🇨🇵 I travel to France pretty regularly without any problems*.

(*The only time I was stopped when entering France was when our US Marshal Service “AngelWatch” program mistakenly identified me to the French authorities as a fugitive.
I was very briefly detained [20 minutes] at the Paris airport while the French police confirmed that I was NOT a fugitive. The French police were very courteous and professional.)

I would add that any Caribbean island that is attached to the friendly European countries a person forced to register could visit could be possibly open in the Caribbean to visit, i.e. French Caribbean Guadeloupe and Dutch Caribbean Antilles. They are still attached to the mother ship across the pond but do your homework beforehand. The same could possibly be said for other islands these countries have around the globe.

my charge was a misdemeanor. of course i have to register. does not involve children. can i still travel to other countries ?

If your charge didn’t involve anyone under the age of 18, no warning notice should be sent to any country you want to visit.
Some countries may refuse you entry just because of any criminal record. Canada, for sure won’t let you in without doing a lot of paperwork and paying money, and there may be a “time since your conviction” issue. Other countries that are tied-in to a US database of sex offenders, and scan your passport, may not let you in. I’ve heard this applies to Mexico, Great Britain, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Australia, and no doubt some others.
That said, most of Europe is not a problem. Also, most countries where you arrive on a cruise, are not a problem. You can drive into Mexico (there is no passport check at the border), but you can’t fly in.
My conviction did involve a minor, so notices are sent to anywhere I try to fly into. Even though I have a “marked” passport, I have traveled to over 40 countries (31 after receiving the marked passport) and I was only turned back once (Thailand). Most of the countries I visited were either by land or by sea. Flying in is when you get most of the scrutiny.
Happy traveling!

Anyone know if it’s possible to gain Mexican citizenship if you’re a registrant? I was born in the US but qualify to get Mexican citizenship because of my Mexican born parents. I was at the consulate and the requirements seem simple enough, just have to prove my parent’s were born there and my relationship to them.

But has anyone actually done it?

Might be one way to be able to travel to Mexico if you have citizenship there. Admittedly, there’s less of a reason now for me to do so, my father had retired to Mazatlan but passed last year due to Covid.

Just curious.

Doing this for my German citizenship. Probably will take a while do to the bureaucracy and incompetence of the Mexican government.

On the contrary, it seemed from the notice I saw at the consulate that you gather all the paperwork, take it in to get reviewed at the consulate and they pretty much give it to you on the spot.

That’s why I’m wondering about it, doesn’t seem that there’s anywhere where your background gets checked.

Well, since you seem to know the process so well, it would also seem you would be able to know the answer to your own question.

If it’s like Canada formerly worked things, you’re essentially a “citizen in waiting.” By that I mean that you’re immediately eligible for citizenship, you just need to raise your hand and ask. I have family members who are born in the US but eligible for Canadian citizenship by their parents’ birth. Canada will grant citizenship if asked but since they didn’t personally pursue it, they’re not Canadian citizens. Could be, just aren’t.

My wife and I managed to obtain permanent residency (green card?) in Mexico, though neither of us have Mexican ancestors. We are now eligible to apply for Mexican citizenship, but one of the requirements is taking the citizenship test in Spanish, and neither of us speak Spanish well enough to attempt it.

Would love to hear more details on the process steps you went through for this, if you have a chance sometime. Thanks.

We started the process about 15 years ago, before passports were required to visit Mexico (not that that really mattered). We purchased a piece of land, overlooking the ocean, with a partially completed house on it. In order to complete the process, we needed to have a Mexican visa. Our first visa (I think it was FMM or FMN) we obtained at the border. Only needed to fill out a form, pay a fee, and show a driver’s license (I didn’t even have a current passport at the time).
When passports started being required to go to Mexico, I had to get a passport. Also, to remain “legal” in Mexico for a period of time, we needed to upgrade our visas. I can’t remember all the designations – I think maybe we got an FM2, and then an FM3, and maybe an FM4? This was over a period of several years. Then we were eligible to apply for permanent visas, which we have had for 8 – 10 years now, I think.

There are two key factors which made the process successful.

1) We did NOT apply for visas from the Mexican Consulate in the US. They required a statement from law enforcement basically stating that you have no criminal record. When we applied for and renewed visas, it was in Mexico, and the was no requirement for such a statement. They did not even ask if I had a criminal record, so it is not like I lied to them – it just never came up.

2) I (we) visited immigration offices in Mexico many times as part of the process. We were fingerprinted, photos were required, and pages of our passports were copied. They obviously had no system for accessing US records, so my status never came up.

Unlike Canada, Mexico has no border check, no customs check, and no immigration check when driving in (if you fly in, it is a completely different story). We have probably driven into Mexico close to 100 times – I think we were random stopped twice – once they asked if we had any drugs, and once they asked if we had any firearms. Within Mexico, there are several checkpoints – usually asking about drugs.

We have never been asked to show a passport within Mexico, except at the immigration office, and to open a bank account. The only time you really need a passport is to LEAVE Mexico. Ever since passports started being required, we were sent to Secondary inspection every time we left. My wife kept believing it was random, and we were just unlucky. It took her a while to realize that it was my status (still don’t know if it was just being on the registry or having the criminal conviction was enough) that caused us to go to Secondary every time.

Disclaimer: Everything above was my (our) experience. Obviously, things may have changed over the years, and your experience may be different.

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And page 51 of the IML “unique identifier” passport looks like this. (See pic).
This is the notification that NO ONE has ever bothered to look at! 🤗😄


I agree, in visits to 31 countries, no one has ever looked at mine 😊. Hope it stays that way, but I am worried that Satan Watch is starting to pressure countries to look for it. Otherwise, their scheme is a failure, right?

Congratulations, Mike G!! 👍🏻
That’s great news!
I am very glad to hear you have encountered no problems with the cursed IML-marked passport.
Blessings and continued safe travels, world wanderer!!! 👍🏻

🤔 Interesting. There is a post on. Florida Action Committee’s website about a Registrant being turned away from entering Greece….. yet the list of Schengen Countries includes Greece. 🤨 (Maybe he didn’t provide the 21-day travel notification? Who knows? 🤷🏻‍♂️)

Not good news 😒. Greece would have no way of knowing whether he provided the 21-day notice. Either Satan Watch has enhanced its notifications (which Greece has been ignoring), or something else is going on. I had no problem going to Greece in 2019. Hope we get more details soon.

@ Mike G: You’ll have to check the story on the FAC website, but apparently, upon arriving in Greece, he was met by U.S. Homeland Security agents who sent him right back to the U.S. (not actually the Greeks). 🤷🏻‍♂️

There’s an insane Marxist Australian on Twitter named Aimee Terese (she’s interacted in relatively positive ways with high-profile registrant Guy Hamilton-Smith so I’ll cut her a bit of slack) who is this massive thorn in the side of many Twitter leftists, and when challenged about her “obsession” with American politics despite her Australian citizenship, always says something to the effect of “the only politics that matter in the world are American politics. Eventually, everyone does what the US does.” I’ve been afraid this might be true, regarding international SO laws. The American (and to some extent English) empire continues to throw its weight around, and it’s a copy-cat world. Ruling parties are lazy and either acquiescing to America or just copying the behavior of the world’s greatest power are just easy policy decisions.

To my recollection, the use of “Schengen Country” regarding acceptance or rejection has been nothing more than a rule of thumb. As such, I suspect any country can deny entry as long as it’s not against explicit EU standards and policies.

I am going to add here that people really should pay attention to the politics of the day between the USA and other countries because it will impact travel, including the Dept of State website. I am not aware of any discord between the USA and Greece, but that does not mean there is not something else going on.

Great start for a conspiracy theory.

With that approach, any country may deny entry for any reason. Offense or not.

@Way too long:

Correct. It’s called national sovereignty.

Also, if you read the front pages of a passport, you’ll discover your possible admission to a country is based on the Secretary of State’s request. Some countries deny said request, either individually or wholesale. Again: national sovereignty.

@Way too long

Hence why I said pay attention to the politics of the day between the USA and other countries where travel may be impacted. Someone could wake up overseas and decide something said/done by the USA could trigger closing of any and all admittance of Americans while seeking to expel those who are already in country. Politics is a funny thing.

Based on the article it looks like the US has been using HSI agents in the receiving country to intercept people before the even get to the immigration desk, immediately detaining them and returning them to the U.S.

What jurisdiction does a U.S. agent have in the international terminal of a foreign country?


About the same amount as FBI, DEA, IRS, et al who investigate overseas American citizens among others when required.

Here are HSI mission areas, but seems to lack the very thing they are doing you called out (which should be challenged with the elected officials in WDC along with the agency/department officials who conduct/sanction these):

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the principal investigative component of DHS and is responsible for investigating, disrupting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. Its workforce consists of more than 10,400 employees, including special agents, criminal analysts, mission support personnel and contract staff assigned to more than 250 offices across the United States and more than 80 offices around the world.

HSI has broad legal authority to conduct federal criminal investigations into the illegal cross-border movement of people, goods, money, technology and other contraband throughout the United States. HSI utilizes these authorities to investigate a wide array of transnational crime, including: terrorism; national security threats; narcotics smuggling; transnational gang activity; child exploitation; human smuggling and trafficking; illegal exports of controlled technology and weapons; money laundering; financial fraud and scams; worksite and employment crimes; cybercrime; intellectual property theft and trade fraud; identity and benefit fraud; human rights violations and war crimes.

In collaboration with its strategic partners in the U.S. and abroad, HSI special agents gather evidence to identify and build criminal cases against TCOs, terrorist networks and facilitators, and other criminal elements that threaten the United States. HSI works with prosecutors to indict and arrest violators, execute criminal search warrants, seize criminally derived money and assets, and take other actions designed to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations operating around the world. These efforts protect U.S. national, border, and economic security, and ensure the safety of the public and our communities.

@TS yes, I did a little research on them before posting. They apparently have jurisdiction to enforce Title 22 of the US Code, which happens to be the title where IML lives.

My question is if a registrant is already a U.S. Citizen, how can Title 22 be used to give HIS jurisdiction to detain an offender in a foreign land? Much less turn them around and order them to go back.

From the 2017 IML FAQ on the USMS Website:
Does the USMS decide if a sex offender can enter a foreign country?
No. The USMS does not make any recommendations, nor does it have the authority to deny or approve entry of an offender into a foreign country.”

So if IML doesn’t give that authority to USMS, how does Homeland Security, HSI, get that authority?

It sounds like we are back to any government official or law enforcement officer can do absolutely anything they want unless someone with more power or authority stops them.

Technically, you can seek asylum while in the foreign country’s international port. But, I guess if you get intercepted, detained, and forced to turn around (by agents with no jurisdiction in that foreign port) before you can even speak to immigration officials of the sovereign nation with jurisdiction over that port, you can’t seek asylum.

If this is gonna be the case from now on, I wonder if it’s even worth it to stay in this country anymore. It’s not like it’s the most beautiful (in my opinion) and it’s definitely not the most “free” for us on this forum, and honestly I’m sick of the politics so I think my time and money would be better vested someplace other than the US at this point.

I’ve been planning to leave the country for some time, but when the opportunity to get off the California registry became a possibility, I decided to stick it out. But (1) who knows how long this process may take, and (2) it seems like once I take one step out of California, the Feds will make me subject to SORNA (old or new), and still prevent me from exercising travel freedom. I’m convinced that the Feds feel that every PFR in the US is subject to SORNA – they just need to get us out of our non-compliant state.

If this is actually being done in this manner it could prove to be a good thing in the long run for ending IML. It’s a much more clear violation of the constitutional right to travel than being turned away by the receiving county based on a green or other type of notice whereby our government can ultimately say it wasn’t their decision and they only provided information. Maybe there were special circumstances that existed when this has happened. We will need to see if this becomes a more regular occurrence then someone needs to challenge the constitutionality of it is.

Good question @JDUtah

Makes one wonder because as @Mike G says, unfettered power until challenged.

Sigh…this is vexing to be certain…and yet I wonder if there was not something more going on with the SO turned around in Greece? A warrant out for his arrest?

And I don’t necessarily mean a traditional criminal warrent, rather, was this person behind in child support? Did they have outstanding warrants on tickets, tickey tac stuff? Did they give their 21 day notice? Was he really met at the plane and led off fist before everyone else as I was? (for me, five hours later after teams of interrogators I was let go….but still…whew! Thank God that’s behind me).

Be that as it may, I feel (or simply hope) there is more behind this story that we now know…of course, when the new Europe Visa System ETIAS is in place in 2023 this may all become problematic for us regardless.

Best Wishes, James I

@ James I: Where was your flight met?? Mine was met at Paris CDG airport a few years ago by the French police. Called out by name, I was the first to exit the plane. 🤗
I was detained so briefly, that I was actually escorted through passport check and on to baggage claim before most the others on my flight! 🤗 As it turned out, it was just a surprising start of a lovely vacation! 🇨🇵

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Dear David;

I am sorry for taking a few days to respond….actually I was held in an airport cell in Inchon South Korea, (an interesting group of detainees we were!)

I was escorted off the plane in Los Angeles and subjected to intensive interrogation there. I had a lot of electronic information on me…they brought in experts to examine all of it….I think that this is where all the time went.

There were also two middle aged female FBI agents that were carefully watching the proceedings…but having been in trouble once, there was no way I would ever be in such silly, (but relatively normal to me), trouble again.

Not never.

I really was clean so I walked…short of planting evidence, it will ever be so for me.

Best Wishes, James I

PS I eventually sensed they thought I was someone else…a possible failure and danger of facial recognition software

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James, I’d like to hear more about your recent bad experience in more detail and context, if you wouldn’t mind. It sounds like the sort of nightmare scenario that keeps me from even attempting to travel anymore. Thanks!

Dear Notorious:

It really wasn’t in retrospect as bad as it sounds. I was in SE Asia with a petroleum expert and chemist….who knew every place well.

I knew Thailand and from the distant past, Vietnam from the war. So I was following him and his Thai wife everywhere but Vietnam…we were actually on motor bikes coming into Vietnam from Laos (a great country, great gracious people), but at the border, even though there was a car waiting, I couldn’t do it…there was no way I could go into North Vietnam with that red flag with gold star flying….without some violence breaking through my civilized veneer.

People couldn’t believe that I could be this way, so petty, so small…but I bid them adieu…and road back across the Plain of Jars that we bombed into smithereens.

I guess I give this foreground to emphasize how really wonderful travel is. Siem Reap and Ankor Wat was fabulous…but you can see already that I have been in all the “bad countries,” Thailand, Cambodia, Laos…which looked bad on the surface….but how often does one get to travel like this?!? I was with knowledgeable people, I had to do the run…we actually took a small local boat up the Mekong to China. Well….

I visited people in Hong Kong flying back out of Bangkok, no problem, but on my flight to Los Angeles I had a long layover in Inchon S Korea….and had I stayed in the airport I am sure I would have been fine….but some people talked me into taking the temple tour in Seoul, I am the friendly white guy…and when they ran my passport to exit the airport, lights went on and the young lady doing the scanning acted like she she saw the devil incarnate…people came running and two uniformed officers took me to a holding cell down in the basement of the Airport…you would not know it was there…unless you were there!

there were about thirty of us detainees…and the guards treated me roughly, purposefully bumping into me.hard as they passed by.

There were plenty of prostitutes, smugglers, people with outstanding warrants I suppose….me, even though I speak no Korean, I knew they knew I was down there in the bowels of the airport for…sex! I head them say the English word.

More tomorrow

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I knew they knew I was down there in the bowels of the airport for…sex!”

I laughed way too hard and long at this.

All over the world, everywhere, the majority of people are just dumb. I need to stop looking around and observing because I’m so sick of dumb people. I really am. The stupidity level in America is nothing short of stunning and shocking. Most Americans are arrogant, entitled, self-righteous garbage.

James, thank you for expanding on your experiences. It sounds as though your main problem was only in Seoul, then? Did it follow you to the U.S. with “enhanced security” hysteria?

Those are all great places you visited – I’ve been to all of them and miss them dearly (Laos, especially, is wonderful), but it sounds like you gave Vietnam a pass due to your war experiences (which, thankfully, I don’t have). Vietnam is one of my favorite places in Asia that I’ll probably never get to see again. Luang Prabang, too.

Ahh, Luang Prabang especially….happy times. Yes, I understand that almost everyone that goes to Vietnam is happy about the trip…I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t go there.

However, my real trouble was upon landing in Los Angeles.
Fortunately, in Inchon, they did not put me on the next flight out which would have been another ticket I would have had to pay for…so they were good to me in that regard, placing me on the flight I already had a ticket for.

In Los Angeles, you know how everyone jumps up to gather their carry on’s and get off the damn plane, especially after a long flight.

Well, no one could leave, everyone standing their being told to stay in place and announcing my name that I had to depart first. I was in the back of the plane, trying to work my way forward when I was met and led off by two CBP Agents.

We gathered my luggage and went to an interrogation room that eventually became very crowded. There were two electronic inspection experts that kept coming in and out showing agents what they found. There were the two harsh looking FBI women seated, one FBI guy (?) that seemed to be in charge asking me many, many questions and there were the two CBP Agents.

It seems that all CBP guys want to know the story of your original offense. Every time I am in Secondary, someone asks me about my crime….I think they want some salacious details…I just say it is in the misty past, I hardly can remember it at all.

(and BTW, a caution here…I spoke to everyone for hours…this is not recommended! Maybe ask for a lawyer immediately….especially if they think they have found something suspect, even if it isn’t).

After saying to the main guy, “You have all my records, you know what I was convicted of, I’m not going to discuss it further,” we went into a detailed description of everywhere I went.

There was a problem in that they wanted to know who I was traveling with and I refused to tell them anything beyond he was a scientist and I was not going to allow his name and that of his wife to be attached to what they were doing.

“Just what do you think we are doing?”

“You’re looking for a child sex crime which you will not find, and you will not know the names of the people I traveled with. That’s final. Done. Don’t ask again.”

Eventually, from my luggage they came up with one thing and from whatever the electronic experts were doing, (surely they mirrored to their drives, everything I had), they also came up with an image of a receptionist, obviously behind a hotel reception counter, in a lovely yellow dress holding an apple.

“Who is this?” they asked.

“A hotel receptionist,” I answered.

“Did you have relations with her?”

“Of course not,” I replied, “I think I promised to send her a print of this picture of her. It is quite good.”

Then he said, and again, there are a lot of people in the room, “You probably should not take any pictures of any females if you travel again.”

This seemed to be an extraordinary thing he was telling me. But in truth, I think he was trying to be helpful to me…to have me avoid any accidental future problems when I am in Secondary.

And from my luggage there was the Elephant Sanctuary Ticket from Chang Mai…it was large, had my name and date hand written on it over pictures of elephants…I got to spend a half day with elephants…help wash them, ride one up a mountain trail, (a journey I did not like, I kept thinking me and the elephant and the mahout would tumble down off the trail and die in some deep ravine. My body with a dead elephant on top of me…

In any case, on the back side of this ticket was an advertisement for a Spa and a massage….but very tasteful advertisement, it looked nice and professionally done.

He kept insisting that I had the elephant ticket for the Spa and sex there!

“No,” I insisted back to him, “see the front,this is a ticket, my name is written on it, there is a date and time for me to enter the elephant sanctuary….that’s all…the back side is an advertisement, and, I might add, very tastefully done. Nothing more.”

After this, the stern looking FBI women left.

Next the man asked if I had any tatoo’s.Of course not, you should know this from my records…don’t you?

Soon after everyone left and had a conference.

After which, they let me go.

Good times.

Best Wishes, James I

PS Again, this was 2012….just when Satan Watch was firing up, I think. I don’t know. I did travel back to Bangkok with the scientist and wife…they have a lovely condo and car so everything was free. We had a fabulous New Year’s in Phuket….though I did go off by myself and got into a spot of trouble in Surat Thani, a port city with some bad neighborhoods.

Whatever. I survived.

Christ. I’m so glad that I pay probably 100x the taxes that any of those big government employees that were harassing you do. It’s great that I get to pay such people to be such idiots. They sure are protecting people.

I don’t know how you managed to talk to them for that long. I just don’t have the temperament for it and I have a gigantic, stupid mouth. I never talk to law enforcement no matter how hard they try and I suppose I’d try the same approach with CBP and FBI morons. But would that work? I find that it works extremely well with law enforcement.

I think one lesson of this is to never carry electronics into America’s borders. I don’t trust law enforcement criminals for one second to take my property somewhere else to “examine” it. We know what they are.

I love “Satan Watch”. The Oppression Lists (OLs) are a gigantic propaganda scheme. Big government runs an incessant PR and advertising campaign to try to sell their harassment fantasy to the dumb mob. The dumb mob is swayed by that. It should be consistently countered with better PR that reflects facts and reality.

James, it seems that we even like to hang out at the same elephant sanctuaries! Your return stateside was probably about an order of magnitude worse than any of mine, however. At least, I never encountered the F.B.I. on those occasions but D.H.S. was plenty insulting and threatening, complete with questioning me about a crime that had happened thirty years before. Now that’s a real load of elephant shit right here on American soil!

@Notorious, please familiarize yourself with what line of questioning you must and must not answer when entering the US. Unless you have some kind of time constraint, you should not answer questions you don’t need to answer. It only expands future inquiry for yourself and others because the questions are being answered.

@ MC: Many thanks for posting that very helpful and informative ACLU url! 👍🏻