01 December 2010

Cheryl Cole’s assault conviction may prevent her gaining a US Visa

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Cheryl Cole’s chances of being on the US X Factor may be in doubt because of the assault conviction she received seven years ago.

Ms Cole has landed a place on the judging panel of the US version of the X Factor in a deal worth £3 million, but the move is in jeopardy because her conviction could mean she is ineligible for a US Visa.

US law states that all convictions and arrests must be disclosed on US Visa  application forms, but some less serious offences may not affect the issuing of work visas.

However, in more serious cases an appeal to the US authorities may be necessary in order to gain a waiver although an immigration decision would depend on facts relating to the conviction.

Ms Cole attacked Sophie Amogbokpa, a toilet attendant, at Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey in January 2003, and was found guilty as assault occasioning actual bodily harm in October of that year.
 
Ms Cole was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and was ordered to pay damages and court costs to Amogbokpa.

Simon Cowell will officially announce the judges for the US X Factor later this month.  


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