What are the grounds of inadmissibility?
One of the basic requirements to obtain U visa status is that you are not in violation of the immigration law's "inadmissibility" grounds or, if you are, that a waiver is filed to ask that those violations be excused.* The inadmissibility grounds are reasons why someone may not be able to receive an immigration benefit, like being able to enter the U.S. or receive a green card. Some of the inadmissibility grounds include:
- unlawful presence (being in the U.S. without permission and then leaving the U.S.);
- certain crimes;
- entering the U.S. without permission;
- having lied to immigration;
- falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen for any benefit; and
- security grounds (related to terrorism).** Note: This is not a complete list.
* INA § 212(d)(14)
** INA §§ 212(a)(9)(B), 212(a)(2), 212(a)(6)(A)(i), 212(a)(6)(C)(i), 212(a)(6)(C)(ii), 212(a)(3)