Crimes of Moral Turpitude


§ 3.15 XII. Inadmissibility and Excludability

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Inadmissibility (formerly Excludability) is a condition in which the INS will not allow a noncitizen to enter the United States, obtain naturalized citizenship, or adjust status to that of lawful permanent resident.  A noncitizen who has committed a crime of moral turpitude at any time is inadmissible,[207] with certain exceptions.[208]


A checklist of crime-related grounds of inadmissibility is given in Appendix C, infra.  There are three criminal conviction-based grounds of inadmissibility.  See Appendix C(I), infra.  In addition, there are a number of conduct-based grounds of inadmissibility, see Appendix C(II), infra.  Admission of commission of a crime involving moral turpitude is one such conduct-based ground of inadmissibility.[209] 

[207] INA § 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I), 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(I).  See Chapter 4, infra.

[208] See Petty Offense, Youthful Offender and Political Offense exceptions discussed in Chapter 4, infra.

[209] See § 4.4, infra.