What is Inadmissibility?

Inadmissibility is a term used by the US government to cover reasons why someone may not be allowed to enter the United States. Inadmissibility can be discovered at any point when travelling to the United States: when applying for a visa, arriving at the port of entry etc.

There are main types of inadmissibility:

  • health reasons
  • criminal grounds
  • security grounds
  • burden on the government/public
  • immigration violations.

There are other types as well, but these are the most common types.

Note: You can be ineligible for a visa for other reasons. The most common reason is the failure to prove you will leave the US.

Inadmissibilyy to the US on Health Grounds

The US government reserves the right to deny entry to anyone carrying a communicable disease or for other health reasons (such as medical tourism when you can’t afford it). Here are the diseases currently on the list:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Syphilis
  • Chancroid
  • Gonorrhea
  • Granuloma Inguinale
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum
  • Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)

Other diseases may be added and the President can temporarily bar people for other diseases.

Indamissibility to the US on Criminal Grounds

If you have a criminal record, you are likely inadmissible to the United States. The crime(s) you were convicted of must be crimes in the United States. Certain people with criminal records are eligible for “waivers” however you must demonstrate that you are “rehabilitated.”

Inadmissibility to the US on Security Grounds

If you are deemed a security risk by the State Department, CBP or USCIS – or any other agency – you are inadmissible. Reasons for being deemed a security risk include membership in organizations classified by the US government as “terrorist” or “communist.”

Inadmissibility to the US because you’ve been deemed a “Burden on the Public”

If the State Department or US CBP has reason to believe that you will not be able to support yourself in the United States while visiting, you are inadmissible.

Inadmissibility to the US due to Immigration Violations

If you have violated US immigration regulations (or customs regulations) then you are inadmissible. Often the ban is temporary – there are 3 year and 10 year bans.

Overcome Inadmissibility with an Entry Waiver

I-192: Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant

If you’ve been denied a visa, we can help you apply for an Entry Waiver which will allow you to enter the US.


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