4 Reasons You May Receive a Green Card Application Denial

Applying for a green card (lawful permanent residence) is an important step in remaining in the United States. Yet, the green card process can also be overwhelming, especially if your application gets denied. Here we discuss the most common reasons for application denials.

1. You’ve Been Convicted of a Crime

If you’ve committed a certain type of crime such as fraud or drug trafficking, your green card application may be denied. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if you committed the crime when you were under 18 and it has been at least five years, you may still be granted a green card.

2. You Didn’t Meet the Application Requirements

Many steps in the application process require you to supply various documents as you move forward. Failing to meet the application requirements may result in the denial of your application.

3. You’ve Violated Immigration Policy in the Past

Those who violate immigration policy by coming to the US unlawfully or by violating the terms of a visa may not be allowed to remain in the US. It’s critical to follow all the requirements outlined in immigration policy to remain in good standing.

4. You Require a Sponsor or Family Petitioner

Some applicants will require a sponsor or family petitioner if USCIS determines they will be dependent upon the US government for financial support. If you don’t have a sponsor and USCIS determines you’ll need support while you’re here, you may receive a denial.

What to Do After Receiving a Denial

First, read the denial correspondence you receive. The letter will inform you whether or not you’re able to appeal and the steps you must take to do so. 

If you’re unable to appeal the decision, you may have the option to file a motion. This is best completed by an attorney. We recommend reaching out to an immigration attorney who can support you.

An Attorney Can Help You With Your Green Card Denial

We understand how challenging the green card process can be. That’s why we’re here to support you. To learn more about the process and the next steps to take, give us a call at 972-445-7577 or send our legal team a message.

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