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What Makes a Person “Inadmissible” to the United States?

There are many ways that a person can be barred from entering the United States.  Whenever a person attempts to enter the country, applies for a visa or adjust his or her immigrant status, or naturalizes, he or she will be evaluated for “admissibility” to the United States.

If Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finds that a person is inadmissible, then he or she cannot enter the country. If that person is in the United States, then he or she may be required to go through removal proceedings.

There are many reasons why a person might be found inadmissible to the United States. Examples include:

·         The person has admitted to committing a crime or has been convicted of a crime;
·         The person abuses or is addicted to drugs;
·         The person does not have the proper vaccinations;
·         The person has a mental or physical disorder that could cause harm to him- or herself or others;
·         The person has a communicable disease such as tuberculosis;
·         The person is a drug trafficker;
·         The person has previously violated US immigration laws;
·         The person participated in Nazi persecution;
·         The person is suspected of terrorist related activities
·         The person is a spy or terrorist; or
·         The person is likely to depend on government assistance.

If you or a family member was found inadmissible to the United States, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Depending on the reason for the inadmissibility, there may be a petition available that would allow you or your family member to immigrate. Call 404-816-8611 to discuss your case with a green card lawyer in Atlanta.

What Crimes Would Prevent a Person from Obtaining a Green Card?

There are several crimes that would make a person ineligible to obtain a green card. Sometimes a conviction is not necessary to find the applicant inadmissible.



Here are a few examples of such crimes:

·         Crime of moral turpitude (theft, assault, bribery, shoplifting, etc);
·         Controlled substance violation (simple drug possession or greater drug related offenses);
·         Being convicted of two crimes for which the applicant served at least five years total in prison;
·         Drug trafficking;
·         Prostitution or the importation of prostitutes;
·         Violations of religious freedom if the applicant served as a government official in a foreign country;
·         Human trafficking;
·         Committing an aggravated felony; or
·         Money laundering.

Options for People Who Were Found Inadmissible to the United States

Just because Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services found you or your loved one inadmissible does not mean that you are without options. For example, if you have a communicable disease that is curable or that was incorrectly diagnosed, then you may be able to overcome your inadmissibility. In some cases, the U.S. government makes a mistake and wrongfully finds a person inadmissible.

If CBP or USCIS found that you or your family member was inadmissible, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your case and explain your legal options.


Mr. Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

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