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Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

A foreign national seeking to enter the United States or living in the United States may be deemed inadmissible by the Consulate, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the foreign national is deemed inadmissible, he or she cannot enter the United States or adjust their status without a waiver of the inadmissibility or a determination that the inadmissibility charge was made in error.

Foreign nationals may be inadmissible to the United States for any one of the grounds for excludability listed below.

Health Related Grounds

  • Communicable diseases of public health significance. This currently includes Class A Tuberculosis, Chancroid, Gonorrhea, Granuloma inguinale, Lymphogranuloma venereum, Syphilis, Leprosy or any other communicable disease as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Refusal of required vaccinations
  • Physical or Mental Disorders and Associated Harmful Behaviors

Criminal and Related Violations

  • Crimes involving moral turpitude (other than a purely political offense)
  • A controlled substance violation according to the laws and regulations of any country (this includes a single offense of simple possession for a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) residue or for