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A person's prior criminal record might lead to them being

unable to re-enter the United States after leaving or being able

to become a legal permanent resident or US citizen.


Any non-U.S. citizen, even with legal status, can become inadmissible

to re-enter the United States if they were previously denied admission

or faced a final order of deportation and removed from the country.

Inadmissibility is based on conviction(s) for specified felonies or

types of conduct that render one ineligible.


Inadmissibility is a determination of whether specific immigration

laws were violated – specifically § 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act – preventing lawful admission at a U.S. port of entry and/or the

Adjustment of Status to lawful permanent residency.

If an individual is found to have committed a deportable offense, he

or she may be refused entry into the United States as an inadmissible offender.

An inadmissible crime might also prevent someone with lawful status

from returning to the United States following an international trip abroad.

Even with a valid entrance document or legal permanent residency,

entry into the United States is never guaranteed.


You might be refused entry if you are convicted of inadmissible offenses.,

such as a previous stay in the U.S. without lawful status for 180 days or more;

a prior arrest, conviction, or deportation (even if since resolved),

and known issues of fraud.

In Atlanta, several criminal acts are considered inadmissible. These include:

· Crimes of moral turpitude, include offenses such as adultery (unless it is a misdemeanor with a jail sentence of fewer than six months),

bigamy, concubinage, child molestation, or sexual.

· Commercialized Vice: Prostitution, or any other form of commercial vice

· Controlled Substance Conviction, often referred to as "reason to believe"

a non-citizen was involved in the selling or trafficking of drugs

· A conviction for two or more felonies, totaling five years or more in jail.

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