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Do you have over 180 days of unlawful presence in the US?  Have you engaged in immigration fraud?  Do you have a serious criminal conviction?  If so, you may need to apply for an I-601 or an I-601A green card waiver.

Below are the various inadmissibility grounds that can be found in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The chart indicates whether a waiver of a specific inadmissibility ground is available.


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Inadmissibility Grounds

Inadmissibility Grounds INA reference

Waiver of Inadmissibility for Immigrant Visa

Waiver of Inadmissibility for Non-immigrant Visa

Communicable Disease 212(a)(1)(A)(i) 212(g) 212(d)(3)
Lacking Required Vaccinations 212(a)(1)(A)(ii) 212(g) N/A
Physical or Mental Disorder 212(a)(1)(A)(iii) 212(g) 212(d)(3)
Drug Abuser/ Drug Addict 212(a)(1)(A)(iv) Not Waivable 212(d)(3)
Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I) 212(h) 212(d)(3)
Controlled Substance Violations (Drug Crimes) 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) 212(h) – but only for possession of 30g or less of marijuana 212(d)(3)
Multiple Criminal Convictions 212(a)(2)(B) 212(h) 212(d)(3)
Controlled Substance (Drug) Traffickers and their families 212(a)(2)(C)(i)
No Waivable 212(d)(3)
Prostitution 212(a)(2)(D)(i) 212(h) 212(d)(3)
Procuring a Prostitute 212(a)(2)(D)(i) 212(h) 212(d)(3)
Asserted immunity from prosecution 212(a)(2)(E) 212(h) 212(d)(3)
Espionage 212(a)(3)(A)(i) Not Waivable Not Waivable
Unlawful activity related to security 212(a)(3)(A)(ii) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available
Attempts to Overthrow the US Government 212(a)(3)(A)(iii) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available
Terrorist Activities 212(a)(3)(B) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Foreign Policy 212(a)(3)(C) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available
Membership in Totalitarian Party 212(a)(3)(D) 212(a)(3)(D)(ii)
Nazi Party 212(a)(3)(E)(i) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available
Genocide 212(a)(3)(E)(ii) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available
Public Charge 212(a)(4) 213 212(d)(3)
Labor Certification 212(5)(A) N/A N/A
Unqualified Physician 212(5)(B) No Waiver Available N/A
Uncertified Health Care Workers 212(5)(C) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Aliens Present without Admission or Parole (EWI) 212(a)(6)(A) VAWA: 212(a)(6)(A)(II)
Asylum: 208
Cancellation: 240A
AOS: 245(i)
Failure to Attend Removal Proceedings 212(a)(6)(B) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Misrepresentation 212(a)(6)(C)(i) 212(i)
False Claim to US Citizenship 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) 212(a)(6)(C)(ii)(II) for claims made prior to 1997 212(d)(3)
Stowaways 212(a)(6)(D) Asylum 208 N/A
Smugglers 212(a)(6)(E) 212(d)(11) 212(d)(3)
Civil Penalty under INA 247C 212(a)(6)(F) 212(d)(12) 212(d)(3)
Student Visa Abusers 212(a)(6)(G) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Documentation Requirement for Immigrants 212(a)(7)(A) 211
Documentation Requirement for Nonimmigrants 212(a)(7)(A)(B) N/A 212(d)(4)
Immigrant Ineligible for Citizenship INA 314 or INA 315 212(a)(8)(A) No Waiver Available N/A
Draft Evaders 212(a)(8)(B) Carter Pardon 212(d)(3)
Ordered Removed Upon Arrival 212(a)(9)(A)(i)
212(a)(9)(A)(iii) 212(d)(3)
Unlawful Presence 212(a)(9)(B) 212(a)(9)(B)(v) 212(d)(3)
Unlawful Presence after Prior Immigration Violation 212(a)(9)(C) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Immigrant Polygamists 212(a)(10)(A) No Waiver Available N/A
Guardian accompanying inadmissible helpless child 212(a)(10)(B) N/A N/A
International Child Abduction 212(a)(10)(C) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Unlawful Voter 212(a)(10)(D) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Former Citizen who renounced to avoid taxes 212(a)(10)(E) No Waiver Available 212(d)(3)
Former Exchange Visitors 212(e) I-612 Waiver I-612 Waiver
Individual who is detrimental to US interests 212(f) No Waiver Available No Waiver Available

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