Cheryl Cole Past Assault Conviction Could Affect Her Work Visa In The USA

December 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

Cheryl Cole has reportedly accepted a position on the judging panel for the U.S. version of X Factor, but she may have trouble smoothly transitioning stateside due to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm conviction she has against her from back in 2003. The arrest in question happened when Chezza was 19 and beginning her career with Girls Aloud. She was at a club in Surrey, and punched Sophie Amogbokpa when the bathroom attendant tried to stop the singer from taking a lollipop. She was then sentenced to 120 unpaid hours of community service! Ridiculous, right? However, U.S. law forces all visa applicants to disclose any convictions that they might have on their application forms. (perez hilton)
NOTE: Cheryl is a pretty strong candidate for a waiver to allow her to work in the US.


§ 2 Responses to Cheryl Cole Past Assault Conviction Could Affect Her Work Visa In The USA

  • Jamie says:

    Why should Cheryl Cole be given any special privileges? If you or I had an assault charge against us the US would not give us a Visa and people have been turned down for less. Money really does talk doesn’t it? Especially when you have a sugar daddy called Simon Cowell with GBP120 million in the bank. And the law is a joke.

  • It is not a special privilege, it is well-established immigration law. In 1978, in the Hranka case, the Board of Immigration Appeals said a violation of law may be waived to give someone a visa. The standard is:
    (1) The risk of harm to society if the applicant is admitted; (2) The seriousness of the applicant’s prior immigration law, or criminal law, violations, if any; and (3) The reasons for wishing to enter the US. In Cole’s case, if she is given a waiver for a bar fight when she was 19, she is hardly a risk, her crime was not serious and she is helping US commerce by appearing on TV and in live performances which generate revenue. If you had such an offense and sought admission to the US to do work, you would likely receive the same discretion. A far more extreme case is when pro wrestler Nathan Jones served many years in an Australian prison for armed robbery and was given such a waiver to enter the US to work for World Wrestling Entertainment.
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