The U.S. government can deny a green card application ( lawful permanent resident – LPR) if they determine that the individual who is applying for an immigrant visa is “inadmissible” to the United States. An application for a green card is denied for many reasons such as an error, inadmissibility due to health, a criminal history or lack of funds.
1. Health Conditions
A medical exam performed by a government-approved doctor is required for admission as a lawful permanent resident. Your green card can be denied if you have a communicable disease, you don’t provide documentation of the required vaccinations, you are a drug abuser or addict, or you have a physical or mental disorder that is a threat to yourself or others.
2. Criminal Conduct
If you have been convicted of certain types of crimes your green card could be denied for moral turpitude. Crimes qualifying for inadmissibility include drug trafficking, prostitution, commercialized vice, money laundering and fraud.
3. Issues of National Security
A green card can be denied to someone who engages in terrorist activities, is a current or former member or involved in Nazi or totalitarian parties or genocide.
4. Fraud or Misrepresentation
Deliberately providing incorrect information on your green card application such as incorrect employment or listing the wrong address is considered fraud and is a cause for your green card to be denied.
5. Likelihood the Applicant Will Become a Drain on Public Resources
If you cannot support yourself and you are likely to rely on government health and assistance benefits for financial support in the U.S., you can be denied a green card.
6. Prior Removals or Unlawful Presence
If you are in the United States illegally or you have been previously deported from the U.S. your green card application can be denied.
7. Incomplete Application
It’s important that all parts of a green card application be submitted on time including application forms, required documentation and filing fees. Incomplete applications are a cause for green card denial.
8. Missing Application Deadlines
If you miss application appointments and interviews or fail to submit application documentation within the required timeframe, your green card application can be denied.
9. Mistakes Made During the Application Process
Making an error on your application due to language difficulty or make a mistake such as accidentally entering a wrong birth date your application can be denied.
Errors and mistakes on green card applications can be costly – and result in denial. In some cases, the person deemed inadmissible may be able to obtain a waiver or meet an exception written into the immigration laws. For example, individuals who are victims of trafficking may not be treated as inadmissible even if they have a great likelihood of becoming a public charge. If you filed to adjust status and were denied, you may be eligible to file Form I-290B to appeal.
For a consultation to learn how an experienced immigration attorney can help you in the process of applying for a green card -LPR status – call Godoy Law Office. A lawyer can help you fully understand the obstacles you may face and create a plan to overcome them.