When you are attempting to become a lawful permanent resident, the government will check to ensure that you are not “inadmissible” to the U.S. based on past crimes that you may have committed. Unless you apply for legal forgiveness, this means that you will not be able to enter the United States. There is a difference between crimes that make you inadmissible and crimes that make you deportable, and we will take a closer look at these today.

Crimes That Made the List

Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act shows the grounds of inadmissibility and the many crimes they encompass. However, you should never completely rely on this list to assess your unique immigration situation. Here are the following:

  • Crimes of moral turpitude (including conspiracy to commit one of these crimes)
  • Conviction or admission of a controlled substance violation under either U.S. or foreign law
  • Convictions for two or more crimes where the prison sentences totaled at least five years
  • Conviction of or participation in controlled substance trafficking
  • Having a history of engagement in prostitution
  • The procurement or importation of prostitutes or receipt of proceeds from prostitution over the past ten years
  • Assertion of immunity from prosecution after committing a serious criminal offense in the United States
  • Commission of particularly severe violations of religious freedom while serving as a foreign government official
  • Commission or conspiracy to commit human trafficking offenses
  • Conviction of an aggravated felony if the person was removed from the U.S. and seeks to return
  • Seeking to enter the U.S. to engage in money laundering

Of course, there are many other crimes that may qualify. There is also a number of security violations such as espionage, sabotage, terrorism, Nazi persecution, totalitarian parties, and so forth. When you apply for a visa or green card, you will be asked if you were ever arrested for a crime. Many people will lie on their applications but in many cases, the truth is discovered. Once you are caught in the middle of a lie, you will become ineligible for U.S. immigration benefits. Call us today for help with your case.