Getting a green card is a momentous moment in an immigrant’s life. Green card holders can work and live in the States. A green card would also help permanent residents seek naturalization.
However, immigrants may be denied when applying for a green card. Here’s why that happens:
1. Illegal immigration
An immigrant can seek a green card for the following reasons:
- They have relatives who are U.S. permanent residents or citizens
- They have a work sponsor
- They are considered a special immigrant
- They are seeking asylum
- They are a victim of abuse
An immigrant generally wouldn’t be eligible for a green card if they entered the U.S. illegally, have overstayed their visa or don’t meet one of the listed qualifications.
2. Criminal record
Some immigrants have criminal records. The following crimes would exclude someone from getting a green card:
- Child abuse
Drug crimes, human trafficking and money laundering are some common crimes that have also prevented people from getting green cards. These all come under the broad heading of “crimes of moral turpitude.”
3. Application mistakes
There’s no question that green card applications are confusing. A simple reason for a green card denial could happen if there was a mistake when filling out an application.
For example, an application may have asked for additional paperwork that wasn’t provided. Or, there were insufficient fees when applying for a green card. A common cause for green card denials happens when an application deadline was missed.
4. Missed application appointments
Furthermore, applicants must make appointments to complete their application process. This could include attending fingerprint and interview appointments. Missing these appointments could lead to an application refusal.
5. No income
An applicant may be denied a green card if they don’t have sufficient financial resources. Applicants may need to meet basic income requirements or if a family member doesn’t meet income requirements to qualify as a sponsor.
If your green card application was denied, then it may help you to reach out for legal help and learn about your options.