The ABCs of Immigration - - Inadmissibility - Miscellaneous Grounds of Inadmissibility
This week we conclude discussion of the grounds upon which a person can be denied admission to the US with an overview of the miscellaneous grounds of inadmissibility.
People who will engage in polygamy in the US are inadmissible. This ground does not apply, as it did in the past, to those who advocate polygamy or have practiced it in the past, so long as they do not engage in it in the US.
A person who is otherwise admissible, but who is accompanying a person who is inadmissible by reason of illness or disability and requires protection may be barred from entering to ensure that the inadmissible alien continues to receive the care he or she requires.
In 1990, a new ground of inadmissibility dealing with international child abductions was added. Under it, a person who withholds custody of a child after a court has ordered custody be granted to a US citizen is inadmissible until they comply with the court order. This ground does not apply in cases where the child is in a country that has signed the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.
In 1996, voting illegally became a ground of inadmissibility. While the law does not state that the person knew they were illegally voting, the State Department has instructed consular officers to not apply the bar in cases where the person did not know they were voting illegally.
Former US citizens who renounced their citizenship to avoid paying US taxes are inadmissible.
People who traffic in the property of US nationals are inadmissible. This provision deals with US property lost during the Cuban revolution.
The President can designate groups of people as inadmissible for any reason he deems fit. Most often, this provision is used to apply pressure to encourage counties to act in accordance with US wishes. Similarly, US economic sanctions can result in visa denials.
About The Author
Gregory Siskind has experience handling all aspects of immigration and nationality law and has represented numerous clients throughout the world. Mr. Siskind provides consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handles cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Department of Labor and other government agencies. Gregory Siskind is also committed to community service. He regularly provides free legal services to indigent immigration clients and speaks at community forums to offer information on immigration issues.
After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, Gregory Siskind went on to receive his law degree from the University of Chicago. For the past several years, he has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and he currently serves as a member of the organization's Technology Committee. He is the current committee chair for the Nashville Bar Association's International Section. Greg is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves on the LPM PublishGregory Siskind has experience handling all aspects of immigration and nationality law and has represented numerous clients throughout the world. Mr. Siskind provides consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handles cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Department of Labor and other government agencies. Gregory Siskind is also committed to community service. He regularly provides free legal services to indigent immigration clients and speaks at community forums to offer information on immigration issues.
Greg regularly writes on the subject of immigration law. He has written several hundred articles on the subject and is also the author of the new book The J Visa Guidebook, published by Matthew Bender and Company, one of the nation's leading legal publishers. He is working on another book for Matthew Bender on entertainment and sports immigration.
Greg is also, in many ways, a pioneer in the use of the Internet in the legal profession. He was one of the first lawyers in the country (and the very first immigration lawyer) to set up a web site for his practice. And he was the first attorney in the world to distribute a firm newsletter via e-mail listserv. Mr. Siskind is the author of the American Bar Association's best selling book, The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. He has been interviewed and profiled in a number of leading publications and media including USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Lawyers Weekly, the ABA Journal, the National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Law Practice Management Magazine, National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the Washington Post. As one of the leading experts in the country on the use of the Internet in a legal practice, Greg speaks regularly at forums across the United States, Canada and Europe.
In his personal life, Greg is the husband of Audrey Siskind and the proud father of Eden Shoshana and Lily Jordana. He also enjoys collecting rare newspapers and running in marathons and triathlons. He can be reached by email at GSiskind@visalaw.com
Amy Ballentine is an associate in Siskind, Susser & Haas's Memphis, Tennessee office. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Rhodes College in 1994. While in law school at the University of Memphis she was a member of the law review staff as well as a published author. She also worked with the local public defenderís office in death penalty cases. In May 1999, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis Law School. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org