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What Are the Grounds for Inadmissibility and Deportability?

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IL immigration lawyerImmigration can be a complex process that involves many legal steps. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manages the nation’s immigration system by safeguarding its integrity. USCIS fairly adjudicates requests for immigration benefits while protecting American citizens and securing our country. U.S. immigration laws include different rules governing whether non-citizens may be deported back to their native country or prohibited from entering the United States. The laws separate these grounds into two distinct categories: grounds of inadmissibility and grounds of deportability. It is important to understand what actions constitute both of these since it can significantly alter the outcome of an immigration case.

Grounds for Inadmissibility

These grounds apply to an individual who would like to be admitted to the United States, including entry and the right to remain in the country legally with a Green Card, also known as lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.

The behavior or characteristics that can cause a person to be classified as inadmissible include:

  • Entered the United States unlawfully
  • Committed an act of fraud to receive an immigration benefit
  • Helped sneak other foreigners into the United States
  • Carrying contagious diseases that can affect public health
  • Convicted of specific crimes
  • Has a mental or physical disorder that can be dangerous to others
  • Likelihood of becoming a public charge, requiring financial aid from the government
  • Presenting a threat of espionage or terrorism against the United States

Grounds for Deportability

These grounds apply to a person who is currently living in the United States lawfully, either with a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa or a Green Card. Those individuals who are in the United States unlawfully are considered undocumented or illegal aliens, and they shall be deported.

The actions, behaviors, or history that can cause an individual to be considered deportable include:

Obtained legal status through a fraudulent marriage

  • Is a known terrorist
  • Convicted of any of crimes
  • Helped smuggle aliens into the United States
  • Did not deserve a previous grant of legal status
  • Failed to notify USCIS of a change of address
  • Falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen to gain government benefits

Contact an Illinois Immigration Attorney

The United States is often referred to as the land of opportunity. That is why immigrating to the country is a dream for many people. However, there is a specific legal process to lawfully enter and stay here. If you or your loved one has any questions or concerns regarding inadmissibility or deportability, it is essential that you seek professional legal counsel. The Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices understand the intricacies of immigration law. Our diligent Illinois immigration lawyers are dedicated to representing immigrants so they can achieve their dreams. Call us today at 630-875-1700 to schedule your free consultation.


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