Waivers for Grounds of Inadmissibility

Potential Pitfalls

Do you suspect there may be something in your past that could affect your immigration case? Grounds of inadmissibility can cause your green card application to be denied. To prevent that from happening, you need to identify what the issues are and plan strategies to get around them.

If you think you might have something in your past that will negatively affect your case, schedule a free case review. We can let you know if you have any options and help direct you in the best course of action.

What are some "Grounds of Inadmissibility"?

"Grounds of Inadmissibility" is a legal term for the different problems that can come up once you get past the phase of showing your relationship and you're to the point where the government is checking your background and looking into your history to see whether you're going to qualify or not.

There are many different "Grounds of Inadmissibility", more than we can list here. Here are a few of the common grounds:

  • Previous marriage not being resolved
  • Health issues
  • Immigration violations
  • Deportation
  • Fraud & misrepresentation
  • Criminal issues

Marriage Issues - A lot of times, a foreigner who had previously been married will not realize that their previous marriage is still valid when they get married to a U.S. citizen. This accidentally makes them a polygamist.

Health Issues - If a foreigner has contracted a contagious disease or might refuse to be vaccinated for whatever reason, they can be denied a green card.

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Immigration Violations - if a foreigner has been living in the United States undocumented, there can be penalties. This is the most common ground of inadmissibility that we see and the severity of the penalty depends on the type of immigration violation.

Deportation - if a foreigner has been deported for any reason, it will negatively affect their case. Not all legal processes that the government uses to physically remove immigrants from the United States are considered deportations though, so it's important to discuss any potential problems with your lawyer.

Fraud and Misrepresentation - if a foreigner has ever lied to an immigration officer or on a document, it can negatively affect their case.

Criminal Issues - different types of crime are viewed differently in the immigration process. Drug crimes are some of the most common and worst types of crimes to have on your record.

Many different issues might be considered grounds of inadmissibility; these listed above are just a few of the broad categories. When applying for a green card, you should consult a lawyer about your case so you know what you need to expect and anticipate for. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.