Even though someone has an immigrant visa available, they may not be able to obtain a green card because they are inadmissible to the United States. Inadmissible foreign nationals are not permitted by law to enter or remain in the United States. There are certain grounds of admissibility that can be waived. Understanding what waiver applies to you is very complicated. The consequences of applying for a waiver incorrectly may be very severe. Contact our office for a consultation if you believe you need a waiver.
The following are some common grounds that will make you ineligible for a green card:
- Health: certain health issues may render you inadmissible.
- Criminal: certain serious crimes will render you inadmissible.
- National Security reasons
- Likelihood of becoming a public charge
- Due to fraud or misrepresentation
- Prior removals and unlawful presence
- Unlawful voters
- Student visa abusers
- Practicing polygamists
- Persons who entered illegally
- Persons who failed to attend immigration or removal proceedings
There are certain grounds of inadmissibility that can be waived with the following waivers:
- I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Waiver presence
- I-601, Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissibility
- I-192, Application for Advance Permission to enter as a nonimmigrant
- I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal
For more information on waivers, please contact our office or make an appointment for a consultation