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 contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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