What is the difference between deportation and inadmissibility?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | US Immigration Law

Being a green card holder comes with enormous privileges. Thanks to the green card, you can legally live and work in the U.S. permanently. But it also comes with its fair set of terms and conditions. And failing to meet these terms and conditions can lead to your deportation or inadmissibility into the country. But what is the difference between these two terms?

The difference between deportation and inadmissibility is pretty straightforward. Your status becomes inadmissible if you are denied entry into the U.S. And, you are declared deportable when you have to be removed from the country.

Both deportability and inadmissibility can result in your removal

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services believe that if you were inadmissible during your previous entry attempt or are deportable, then you cannot live in the country. Of course, depending on your case, you may argue your case and ask for a waiver. However, this might only happen if you are facing deportation.

Common grounds for inadmissibility to the U.S.

The following are some of the personal characteristics or background that can make you inadmissible to the U.S.

  • Having entered the U.S. illegally
  • Committing fraud (like marriage fraud) to gain immigration benefits
  • Smuggling a foreign national into the U.S.
  • A previous conviction for certain crimes
  • Previous engagement in subversive activities against the U.S.

Common grounds for deportation from the U.S.

A U.S. permanent resident can have their green card revoked and, thus, be deported from the country under the following circumstances. Here are some of these circumstances:

  • Obtaining a residency status through fraud
  • A conviction for certain crimes (usually known as crimes of moral turpitude)
  • Smuggling foreigners into the country

The U.S. laws contain several grounds upon which foreign nationals and permanent residents may either be barred from entering the United States or removed from the country. Find out how you can safeguard your rights when dealing with immigration-related problems.