Green Card Applications may be Rejected because of Tattoos - According to US Department of State, many immigrant visas are denied on account of the tattoos on the bodies of the applicants. It is because most of these tattoos indicate gang membership.
Green Card Applications may be Rejected because of Tattoos
Jul 26, 2012 - 7:32:10 AM
According to US Department of State, many immigrant visas are denied on account of the tattoos on the bodies of the applicants. It is because most of these tattoos indicate gang membership. There are a few tattoo patterns that are associated with certain Latin American gangs. The US government which is aware of such gang tattoos, refuses Green Cards to applicants with those tattoos, as the United States is more concerned about the country's security. Some of these tattoos make the applicants ineligible for Green Cards.
Most of the immigrant visa applicants say that they have such tattoos just because they like them and they also do not have affiliation with any Latin American gangs. But, according to the American immigration laws, certain Green Card applications may be denied, if the immigration officials suspect potential crime affiliation. Even if the individual has not involved in a criminal activity, such laws may be enforced. Tattoos indicate relationship with gangs, according to the Spokesperson for the bureau of Consular Affairs. Though many people with tattoos are innocent, some tattoos that are popular, are used by gang members and are related to criminal organizations.
A tattoo with a pair of smiling and crying masks was first associated with Latin American gangs but now it has become a common pattern. Tattoos affiliated to gang members have become famous patterns and people who are unaware of these gangs also have these tattoos on their bodies, as they like to have tattoos. Unfortunately such immigrants are denied immigrant visas and are not allowed to enter into the United States. Tattoos prevent some gang members from entering into the United States and it also denies entry of some innocent people. Many law-abiding immigrants are denied immigrant visas just because they have tattoos.
Hector Villalobos who is the spouse of a US citizen was not allowed to re-enter the United States after he was found to have tattoos. He traveled to Mexico from Colorado in order to attend his Green Card interview. He was later not allowed to return to the United States because of the tattoos on his body that were associated with Mexican gangs. He said that those tattoos are similar to the other tattoos in America and confessed that he has no affiliation with any criminal gangs in Mexico.
The Latin Americans are particularly much worried because of the tattoo checks. Though they do not have connection with gangs, they are denied immigrant visas just because a section of the US immigration law states that a person may be considered inadmissible on national security grounds which includes potential affiliation with criminal organizations. However, a tattoo by itself may not be the reason for the denial of a Green Card but there may be other reasons such as providing false information on the form and lying to the immigration officer, which may result in the denial of a Green Card application.
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