A person may be inadmissible if there are good reasons the United States would not want them in the country.

Inadmissibility is usually a bigger problem for people seeking to live in the U.S. permanently than it is for people seeking temporary visas. There are a few categories of reasons someone might be deemed an inadmissible person. We will take a quick look at some grounds for inadmissibility. 

     Health Concerns: The U.S. wants to protect its population from communicable diseases, so it will not allow people who may have diseases like tuberculosis. Waiver for people with diseases may be given under certain circumstances if the individual in question has a spouse or child who is a permanent resident or citizen. A person may also be inadmissible if they do not have the correct vaccinations on record, which may be waived with proof that the vaccination would be medically inappropriate or that the person has sincerely held religious beliefs which prohibit vaccines. Mental health may also be a concern if a person may be a threat to harm himself or others. Active drug users are never allowed.  

     Criminal Conduct: People who have committed crimes of "moral turpitude" may not be lawfully admitted. These are crimes, which show characteristics of having low moral character, like murder, rape/sex offenses, assault, child abuse, robbery, theft or fraud, to name just a few. Some individuals with serious criminal histories may seek a waiver if they can prove that the crimes were committed 15 years ago. Certain crimes will permanently disqualify a person from a waiver. Waiver for criminal history is a case-by-case matter; contact an immigration attorney if you have concerns. 

     Security Concerns: The U.S. is concerned with keeping the nation safe. Those with histories or suspicion of acts of terrorism, espionage, treason may never get a waiver of inadmissibility. Anyone who recruited child soldiers or engaged in severe violations of religious freedom will also never get waivers. Again, these issues are case specific and if you have any questions or concerns in this area, contact an immigration attorney immediately. 

     Evidence of Dishonesty: Honesty is crucial in the immigration process. Individuals who have been dishonest with immigration officials or on paperwork in the past will not be allowed waivers of inadmissibility. 

     Previous Illegal Entry: People who entered the U.S. without lawful admission in the past may be deemed, inadmissible. Some exceptions apply, for example in cases of battered women or children. A lawyer can tell you more about your particular circumstance if you have a previous illegal entry problem. 

     Likelihood of Becoming a Public Charge: Those who are not able to adequately support themselves financially may be considered inadmissible. This is to prevent the problem of admitting people who will end up with the need for government assistance.


If I am inadmissible, will I ever be able to become lawfully admitted? 

It’s possible. But this is not a situation you should handle on your own. If you are concerned that you might not have been lawfully admitted or may be an inadmissible person, you should contact an immigration attorney right away.