What makes a person ineligible for a visa?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2020 | Family Immigration

Trying to obtain a visa from the United States can be a mystifying process for some people. It’s imperative that you have as much understanding about the process and criteria as possible. One thing that’s important to know is what factors may make you ineligible for a visa.

There are a few categories of factors that apply to these situations. The application process covers these matters. Visa ineligibility can be determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or by the U.S. Consulate.

Criminal activity

Being convicted of certain crimes can lead to a denial for a visa. These include some trafficking of drugs or firearms, prostitution if the conviction was in the past 10 years, human trafficking, money laundering or crimes involving moral turpitude. Other crimes might also prevent the application for a visa from being successful.

Health concerns

Individuals who have certain health issues are ineligible for a visa. These include having a communicable disease, other than HIV or AIDS, that’s considered a risk to the public, as well as any disorders that lead to the safety or welfare of others being put at risk. Drug addiction and failure to show adequate proof of required immunizations can also prevent the application from being approved.

Other reasons

Security concerns, such as being engaged in espionage or terrorism, can lead to a denial of a visa. Anyone who is likely to become a public charge can also be denied. Individuals who have been removed from the country in the past might also be denied.

It’s best to work with someone who’s familiar with these immigration matters so that you know your rights are being protected. This also gives you the opportunity to ensure that you understand your options.