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4 reasons your green card application may be denied

On Behalf of | May 23, 2023 | Immigration & Naturalization

Immigration is one of the most challenging things non-citizens usually experience, and cases involving green cards are among the leading matters. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is careful when it comes to green cards – they want to give this permanent residency privilege to applicants who meet certain requirements. Thus, they can deny applications for different reasons.

Here are four of them.

Incomplete applications

When applying for a green card, you will fill out forms and submit some documents. It’s vital to observe all procedures – not completing an application or including the wrong information can affect your chances of approval. 

The USCIS goes through thousands of applications. Their work is more manageable when applicants have completed all the relevant steps. 

Using the incorrect process

The green card application of someone in the country differs from that of someone outside, and these may vary when someone is applying through employment, family or as a special immigrant. Using the incorrect process may lead to a denial. You should always double-check your chosen option to confirm it’s for your case.

Lack of required vaccinations

To immigrate to the U.S., you should be vaccinated against some diseases specified by the USCIS.  If you lack any vaccination required for a green card, your application may be denied.

A criminal record

Making a mistake and paying your dues should not keep you from getting a green card. However, a record that makes you inadmissible to the U.S. can. 

Further, certain criminal records on a U.S. citizen or a green card holder may also restrict them from sponsoring applicants. This means your loved one may not be allowed to file a petition for you. 

Different factors can contribute to the denial of your green card application. It will help to get legal guidance to make the right moves.