USCIS Policy Guidance on Health-related Grounds of Inadmissibility

On January 28, 2014 USCIS issued policy guidance to adjudicators on the health-related grounds of inadmissibility and eligibility for waivers.

According to USCIS, current internal guidance on medical grounds of inadmissibility and  corresponding medical waivers is outdated and does not comprehensively address the policy. The new guidance contained in the USCIS Policy Manual is controlling and supersedes any prior guidance that may be inconsistent.

Taken together with State Department policy as reflected in the Foreign Affairs Manual, this comprehensive government policy on these critical issues will impact professional athletes and others who may be found to have abused alcohol or “controlled substances”, including performance enhancing drugs.

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