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What are some possible barriers to obtaining a green card?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2023 | Immigration

Getting a green card is a hope and dream for many foreign nationals who want to live and work in Texas lawfully. Obtaining one can also be an early step for those interested in eventually becoming a naturalized citizen.

You have probably invested much time, energy and money into your immigration efforts. You can help ensure you don’t fail to meet your goals by overlooking these potential roadblocks to green card application approval.

Public health concerns

Anything that could threaten the nation’s public health is a concern for the government. Communicable diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy and many sexually transmitted conditions may bar you from getting a green card. Some applicants must undergo testing to rule out such diseases.

Certain criminal conduct

You don’t need to have a spotless record for entry into the U.S., but certain crimes may interfere with your green card application. Those with a criminal history involving severe offenses like murder, trafficking or sex crimes are generally banned from obtaining a visa.

Application mistakes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tries to make the application process relatively simple, but it remains a complex undertaking. Not including required documentation or omitting information could lead to the denial of your application.

Public charge concerns

Unfortunately, the government cannot always assume responsibility for green card petitioners who may have trouble supporting themselves in America. After looking at many factors, the USCIS may deny applicants who are at risk of becoming a public charge dependent on government benefits.

You may understand that obtaining a green card will not be easy, but you should also realize that it is possible to overcome many of the obstacles in your path. Legal guidance throughout the immigration process can help you find solutions to most, if not all, the problems you may face.