Grounds of Inadmissibility - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

In the U.S., there are some grounds of inadmissibility for immigrants. That means there are certain reasons an immigrant won’t be allowed to come into the country. Generally, those grounds involve:

  • Health
  • Criminal reasons
  • National security reasons
  • Likelihood of becoming a public charge
  • Lack of labor certification
  • Fraud or misrepresentation
  • Prior removals
  • Unlawful presence

There are some other grounds of inadmissibility, as well. If you believe you may be inadmissible to the U.S., it may be a good idea to talk to a Milwaukee immigration attorney about your case and find out whether you could be eligible for a waiver.


People who have a communicable disease of public health significance, who haven’t received the necessary vaccinations, or who have a physical or mental disorder that’s associated with harmful behavior may not be eligible. Drug abusers and drug addicts are also inadmissible under this category.

Criminal Reasons

If you’ve committed a crime of moral turpitude, violated a controlled substance law or have multiple criminal convictions, you may be inadmissible. Other crimes that could make you inadmissible include prostitution, commercialized vice, human trafficking or money laundering.

National Security Reasons

People who may want to enter the U.S. to commit sabotage or espionage, or to overthrow the government are considered inadmissible.

Likelihood of Becoming a Public Charge

If a person is likely to be dependent on the U.S. government for subsistence, they probably fall under this category of grounds of inadmissibility.

Lack of Labor Certification

People who seek to immigrate to the U.S. for work purposes must have a valid labor certification. Without one, those people are inadmissible.

Fraud or Misrepresentation

People who have defrauded the government to get into the U.S. are considered inadmissible.

Prior Removals or Unlawful Presence

In some cases, the U.S. government bars certain people from returning to the U.S., including those who have been removed (deported) before and those who were ordered to leave of their own volition. Sometimes the bar lasts several years.

Do You Need to Talk to a Milwaukee Immigration Attorney About Grounds of Inadmissibility?

If something you’ve done in the past is considered grounds for inadmissibility, you may want to talk to a Milwaukee immigration lawyer about your case. Call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online to schedule a consultation with an attorney today.

Carlos Gamino