There are a few reasons why your application for a United States Green Card could be denied.
● Health Related Reasons.
A medical exam report is required for admission as a United States permanent resident Approval must come from a government-approved doctor. The results of the exam may lead to a denial if it is shown that the individual applying has the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a communicable disease that is dangerous to the public;
- The applicant failed to provide documentation of having had the required vaccinations;
- The applicant is a drug abuser or is an addict; or
- The applicant is diagnosed with a mental or a physical disorder that may lead him to being a threat to others.
● Crime Related Reasons.
There are also some crime related reasons for denial of a US Green Card. The following are some of the types of crimes that may lead to a denial of a Green Card:
- Drug trafficking;
- Commercialized vice;
- Money laundering;
- Severe violations of religious freedoms as an official in a foreign government;
- Crimes of moral turpitude; and
If you are convicted of any of the crimes stated above, your chances of being a United States permanent resident are very slim. However, you may still be able to explain your side.
● Security Related Reasons.
Some individuals are also denied a United States Visa when they committed acts in violation of the United States security laws. The following are some of these cases:
- When the applicant engaged in terrorist efforts;
- When the applicant has former involvement or membership in the Nazi or totalitarian parties;
- When the applicant is guilty of genocide
- When the applicant is a member of any group adverse to U.S. foreign policy;
- When the applicant is engaged in espionage,
- When the applicant is engaged in any kind of economic sabotage that violate any U.S. export law relating to goods, services, or technology; or
- When the applicant participates in any activity to overthrow the United States.
● Public Charge Reasons.
One of the most common reasons for inadmissibility is by reason of public charge. The United States government frowns upon applicants who will become too dependent on the United States government for public support. It is important not to be denied a Green Card for a public charge. To do so, you must prove that you will not become a liability to the United States government.
● Violation of Immigration Rules.
Another common cause for denial of a Green Card is violation of immigration rules. Those who have entered the United States illegally may have a hard time getting a United States Green Card. Those who violated the terms and conditions of their visa are also bound for denial of their application.
● Failure Of The Applicant To Do The Administrative Requirements.
Of course, some denials are due to the applicant himself. When the applicant fails to meet application requirements, or failed to do the following, his application for a Green Card may get denied:
- When you failed to submit the required forms;
- When you failed to read the instructions carefully and provide the information needed;
- When you fail to submit complete materials; or
- When you fail to attend the appointments as set up and scheduled by the USCIS.
There are also a few more specific denials depending on the kind of visa you currently hold. The following are the denials that you should watch out for:
● Your Underlying Visa Application Was Denied.
When your underlying visa application was denied, your application for a Green Card will no longer move forward because the visa is the foundation of your application.
● Changing Jobs After Filing The I-140.
If you hold a work visa, when you change employers, you would have to submit new requirements and meet the requirements for the processing of your Green Card application to continue. The requirements for your I-485 must have been pending (awaiting a USCIS decision) for 180 days or more, and the new job must be the same as, or similar to, the job described in the labor certification and I-140 petition.
● When You Fail To Establish That Your Marriage Is Authentic
For marriage-based and family-based applications, the applicant’s failure to establish that the marriage is authentic is a common reason for the denial of the application. There are a few common reasons for denial on this part such as:
- When one spouse’s divorce is not yet final until after you were married;
- When you are a same sex couple and you got married in another country where marriage is not valid; or
- When your marriage is not legally recognized in the country when you got married; or
- When you fail to show proof that you are indeed a couple.
Of course, it is also possible that the denial you are facing is because of the fact that there was a mistake committed by the immigration officer. In such a case, you may appeal your case application.