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What factors make a person ineligible for a visa?

There are many people who believe that if an immigrant comes to the U.S., follows the rules and gets on a path to citizenship, he or she will be able to get a visa and become a permanent resident in the United States.

In some cases, this is certainly true. It can still be enormously complicated, but essentially it is true that people who pursue the appropriate avenues can secure legal and/or permanent status in this country. However, there are some people who cannot be granted a visa under any circumstances because they are determined to be ineligible.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the following factors can make a person ineligible for admission into the U.S. A person may be inadmissible if he or she:

  • Has a health condition that is determined to be significant to public health
  • Has been convicted on multiple crimes or specific crimes including moral turpitude
  • Is reasonably believed to be a threat to national security or engaged in efforts to violate United States laws
  • Is likely to be dependent on government resources
  • Seeks skilled or unskilled labor jobs without proper certification and qualifications
  • Is in the country without proper documentation, admission or parole
  • Immigrants who have already been removed
  • Engages in or plans to practice polygamy in the U.S.
  • Abducts a child

These and other factors can make it nearly impossible for a person to be admitted into the U.S. However, it is crucial to understand that there are numerous exceptions that can be considered.

If you or a loved one fits one of these ineligibility requirements, all hope is not lost. You can discuss your case with an attorney who can help you assess the situation and identify potential remedies that may help you seek the resolution you are hoping for.

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