Why would a green card application be denied?

A green card application may be denied for numerous reasons, including but not limited to mistakes on the forms, providing false information, not providing sufficient documents demonstrating that you meet all requirements, not having sufficient financial resources, violation of U.S. laws, filing a wrong form, sometimes applying too early or too late or applying for a type of a green card that you don’t qualify for or not being able to demontrate that you qualify for a particular type of green card. 

Here are some examples: Sometimes people check a wrong box on the form and apply for a wrong option. Some people provide intentionally false information on the forms or during an interview. Married couples filing without an experienced immigration lawyer may have not provided sufficient proof that their marriage is authentic or couples got married for the purpose of getting a green card. Some people who crossed border illegally file an application without seeking a waiver of illegal presence. Some people have criminal record and may not qualify for a green card. An applicant seeking the National Interest Waiver filing without an experienced immigration lawyer did not show that (s)he is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor, and in balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the job offer and labor certification requirements (necessary to qualify). An asylum applicant files more than 1 years after entering the U.S. or child who is US citizen files a green card petition before reaching 21 years of age. Those are just some of the examples. The US immigration laws are complicated and constantly changing.

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice. If you would like to move to the U.S. permanently, apply for a green card (legal permanent resident status) and would like to avoid having your green card application denied, schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer in Phoenix at or call our office at 480-425-2009.