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5 common causes of green card application denials 

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2024 | Green Card

Many immigrants ultimately seek to get a green card so that they can gain legal permanent residence in the U.S. Once a green card is obtained, immigrants can work and live in the U.S.

However, an immigrant’s desire to get a green card may be thwarted during the application process. Here’s why a green card application may be denied: 

1. Issues with the application

Applying for a green card isn’t easy. The biggest problem that many immigrants face is confusing language on a green card application. For example, it’s often important that any of the immigrant’s documents should be translated. Furthermore, the immigrant must include all information asked on the application. And, any fees must be paid in full, which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

2. Criminal history

Many immigrants are restricted from having green cards because of their criminal history. Any against a person, “crimes of moral turpitude” or crimes against the government may bar an immigrant from getting a green card.

3. Illegal entry into the United States

For an immigrant to get a green card, they must have legally entered the U.S. This means that the immigrant must be sponsored by a family member or employer, or have sought asylum or are victims of abuse. Entering the U.S. in any other way may be considered illegal.

4. Medical issues

An immigrant who has a history of drug abuse, mental illness or contagious disease may not be able to apply for a green card.

5. Illegitimate marriage

One of the ways immigrants get green cards is if they marry someone who is a permanent resident in the U.S. However, this marriage must be legitimate. If the marriage is, for example, only meant to last until the immigrant gets their green card, then the marriage is not legitimate. 

Knowing this is important during the green card application. Any difficulties during the process may require the assistance of someone who understands the law.