Inadmissible Conditions List

This is a summary of the grounds of exclusion, or “inadmissibility”. If you have any questions about how

this list might apply to you or any member of your immediate family who will be applying for a visa with

you, please contact our office.


Health Grounds

  • Have a disease of public health significance (HIV, tuberculosis, venereal disease, etc.)
  • History of a dangerous mental illness or illegal drug use or addiction
  • Immigrant without vaccinations (childhood vaccinations, influenza, hepatitis, etc.)


Criminal Grounds

  • Committed one crime of moral turpitude or one crime related to controlled drugs
  • Convicted of two or more crimes of any type with an aggregate sentence of 5 years or more
  • Suspected of drug trafficking
  • Committed an offense related to prostitution (within the past 10 years)
  • Committed a serious crime and asserted diplomatic immunity


Security Grounds

  • Believed to be entering to spy, or to violate export control laws, or any other laws
  • Terrorist, Nazi, or genocide participation, membership, or support
  • Immigrant with membership in a communist-affiliated organization


Immigration Law Violations

  • Ordered removed from the US (within the past 5 or 10 years)
  • Committed fraud in order to obtain an immigration benefit
  • Nonimmigrant who departed the US after fraudulently obtaining public benefits (within past 5 years)
  • Stowaway, alien smuggler, or present in the US after entering without inspection
  • Departed the US after failing to attend removal hearing (within the past five years)
  • Falsely claimed to be a US citizen or voted in a US election in violation of the law
  • Nonimmigrant student at public elementary, secondary, or adult school who did not pay school costs
  • Departed the US after overstaying more than 6 months (within the past 3 years)
  • Departed the US after overstaying more than 12 months (within the past 10 years)
  • Departed the US after overstay of any length, unless a new visa is issued in the home country
  • Filed a frivolous asylum application, or fined for false documents


Immigration Procedures Noncompliance

  • J-1 or J-2 status holders subject to the 2-year foreign residency requirement
  • Likely to become a financial burden to the U.S. govern­ment
  • Family-sponsored immigrant without a binding affidavit of support
  • Health care worker without a national certification (CGFNS, FLEX, etc.)



  • Former draft evaders
  • Practicing polygamists, or child abductors
  • Former US citizens who renounced citizenship to avoid taxes