Reasons why a person may be ineligible to enter the United States

There are many reasons why a person may be ineligible to enter the United States. The legal descriptions are complicated and lengthy but we have listed the most common reasons for denial below.

You may be denied entry if:

    • If you have a communicable disease
    • If you have a criminal record for crimes of moral turpitude
    • For possession of or trafficking in a controlled substance
    • If you have any involvement with terrorism or terrorist organizations (no waivers can be approved for this category)
    • If you have trafficked in persons
    • If you have been involved in money laundering
    • If you have been previously removed (deported) or have overstayed a previous period of admission to the United States

Crimes of Moral Turpitude include:

    • Fraud
    • Larceny
    • Intent to harm persons or things
    • Making false representation
    • Knowledge of such false representation by the perpetrator
    • Reliance on the false representation by the person defrauded
    • An intent to defraud
    • Arson
    • Blackmail
    • Burglary
    • Embezzlement
    • Extortion
    • False pretenses
    • Forgery
    • Malicious destruction of property
    • Receiving stolen goods (with knowledge)
    • Robbery
    • Theft
    • Transporting stolen property
    • Damaging private property
    • Breaking and entering
    • Passing bad checks
    • Joy riding
    • Juvenile delinquency
    • Bribery
    • Counterfeiting
    • Mail fraud
    • Perjury
    • Harboring a fugitive from justice
    • Tax evasion
    • Abandonment of a minor child
    • Assault with intent to kill
    • Assault with intent to commit rape
    • Assault with intent to commit robbery
    • Assault with intent to commit serious bodily harm
    • Assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon
    • Bigamy
    • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
    • Gross indecency
    • Incest
    • Kidnapping
    • Lewdness
    • Manslaughter
    • Mayhem
    • Murder
    • Pandering
    • Prostitution
    • Rape

The following are not generally considered Crimes of Moral Turpitude:

    • Black market violations
    • Breach of the peace
    • Carrying a concealed weapon
    • Desertion from the Armed Forces
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Drunk or reckless driving
    • Drunkenness
    • Escape from prison
    • Failure to report for military induction
    • False statements not amounting to perjury or involving fraud
    • Firearms violations
    • Gambling violations
    • Immigration violations
    • Liquor violations
    • Loan sharking
    • Lottery violations
    • Possessing burglar tools
    • Smuggling and customs violations where intent to commit fraud is absent
    • Tax evasion without intent to defraud
    • Vagrancy
    • Simple Assault
    • Illegitimacy
    • Creating and maintaining a nuisance
    • Involuntary manslaughter
    • Libel
    • Mailing an obscene letter
    • Mann Act violations (where coercion is not present)
    • Riot
    • Suicide attempted


Disclaimer: The information herein is not intended as legal advice and is provided for general information only.Questions involving interpretation of specific U.S. laws should be addressed to an attorney and/or government officials.

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