Categories of Inadmissibility for Entry into the United States

Visa CasesThe Department of Homeland Security and other immigration agencies use a system of categories to determine if a person should be denied access into the country or denied a change in status if they are already in the U.S. Regardless of their immigration status or how long they plan to stay, every single person applying to enter the United States or change status is vetted to confirm they are not “inadmissible.”

This system was put in place to protect the nation and prevent those with criminal pasts, communicable health conditions, and other problematic issues from endangering others. In some cases, people with “inadmissible” status can apply for a waiver to overlook or forgive the reason preventing them from entering the country.

The term “inadmissibility” is a bit misleading. It not only applies to people outside of the United States preparing to enter the country; it also applies to people already in the country pursuing a change of status – most commonly permanent residency.

Major grounds of inadmissibility without waivers include:

  • Drug abusers or drug traffickers
  • Spies
  • Terrorists
  • Nazis

Grounds of inadmissibility that may be eligible for a waiver include:

  • People convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude
  • People likely to become dependent on government assistance
  • People who have violated immigration laws
  • People with communicable diseases
  • People with mental or physical diseases that may harm themselves or others
  • People with multiple convictions
  • People without all their vaccinations

Several agencies have the authority to deem a person inadmissible including Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the U.S. State Department. All of these agencies can determine you are inadmissible any time you request to enter or stay in the country by crossing the border or applying for a green card or any other change in status.

If declared “inadmissible” you may be turned away at the border or sent to immigration court for removal. Even if you have a green card, an immigration agency may find you inadmissible if you commit a crime, leave the country for too long, or collect public assistance after receiving your green card.  If you have concerns about meeting one of the categories for inadmissibility, contact an experienced Philadelphia immigration lawyer for assistance.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Assist Clients with Inadmissibility Waivers

If you are leaving the United States and have concerns about admissibility upon your return, contact Surin & Griffin, P.C. for smart legal counsel to protect you and your loved ones. To schedule an initial consultation with a multilingual Philadelphia immigration lawyer, call 215-925-4435 or complete the simple online contact form to get started today.

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