Inadmissibility and Crimes

What crimes render a noncitizen inadmissible according to the Immigration and Nationality Act?

 

There are many grounds for inadmissibility.  Under the INA, any person who has been convicted of a CIMT, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of a CIMT, is inadmissible to the United States.  The following criminal convictions will make you subject to inadmissibility:

  • Conviction or admitted commission of any controlled substance offense, or government knowledge or reason to believe that the individual is an illicit trafficker, or knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with others in the illicit trafficking, in a controlled substance.
  • Conviction or admitted commission of a crime involving moral turpitude for types of offenses covered by this immigration law term-of-art), subject to a petty offense exception if no prior crime and the offense is not subject to a potential prison sentence in excess of one year and does not receive an actual prison sentence in excess of six months.
  • Conviction of two or more offenses of any type plus aggregate sentence of imprisonment of at least five years.
  • Prostitution and commercialized vice.
  • Government knowledge or reason to believe that the individual has been a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with certain traffickers in severe forms of trafficking in persons.
  • Government knowledge or reason to believe that the individual has engaged, is engaging, or seeks to enter the U.S. to engage in money laundering, or who is, or has been, a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with others in money laundering.
  • Presence in the United States for noncitizens who were previously removed, unlawfully present noncitizens, noncitizens without permission or parole, noncitizens with false claims to citizenship, or noncitizens with lack of documentation to remain in the U.S.

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