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Grounds for Ineligibility For U.S. Visas or Admission, Part 1

  • Wade Christiansen
  • Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:52am

Millions of people around the world long to immigrate to America to achieve financial prosperity, enjoy personal and political freedoms, pursue higher education, and reunite with family members already living here. Unfortunately for some, there are circumstances or events that make them inadmissible to the U.S. and ineligible for an immigrant visa.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents that desire to have relatives immigrate to America, it is critical to first determine if their current status or background might make them ineligible for admission or a visa. This is the first in a three-part series discussing the grounds for ineligibility for U.S. visas or admission. Today's blog post will focus on the health-related grounds for inadmissibility.

To help protect the health of Americans, any alien that is determined to have a communicable disease of public health concern, such as tuberculosis, Avian flu or HIV, will not be eligible to receive a visa or admission into the country. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should have their overseas relatives get necessary medical treatment first to ensure they are in optimal health during the immigration process.

In addition, individuals in foreign countries will not be admitted into the U.S. or granted a U.S. visa if they are drug addicts or abusers of other controlled substances. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can classify someone as a drug abuser even for using an illegal drug just twice within a three-year period. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should always encourage their overseas relatives to avoid illegal drug use for their own health and safety, and also to avoid inadmissibility into the U.S.

Finally, the USCIS can deem an individual as inadmissible into the U.S. due to physical or mental disorders and behaviors that are currently, could be, or have been a threat to others. This restriction is in place to protect the welfare and safety of Americans, and their property. Foreign nationals with physical or mental disorders might not have the capacity or language skills necessary to ensure their own protection or the protection of Americans.

Before beginning the immigration process to America, it is critical to have expert legal help through each step. Christiansen Law Firm has experienced and dependable Immigration Attorneys ready to help clients navigate the complex process of immigration for overseas relatives. Christiansen Law Firm provides clients with clear, effective representation so individuals and families can make fully informed decisions during the immigration process. Contact Christiansen Law Firm at their Houston or San Antonio offices for more information, or to schedule a free consultation.

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