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What is the difference between inadmissible and being removable for a permanent resident

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How does being inadmissible impact a permanent resident already living in the USA. I am surprised to find so many answers both on here and after talking to attorneys. If you are removable, you will be removed from the US. If you are inadmissible (for health reasons) but live in US for 15 years and apply for a GC renewal, you still get removed? How is that different from being just removable. Both seem to have same end effect.

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  1. Inadmissible grounds make a person inadmissible to the US
    Removal ground make a person removable from the US
    In some situations inadmissible grounds may form the basis for making a person removable.

    If you have a particular situation you set up a consultation with an attorney that practices immigration law.


  2. Great question. An LPR can be removed for being inadmissible if they depart the U.S. and return and DHS considers them seeking a new admission pursuant to INA 101(a)(13)(C). See also Vartelas v. Holder. The charges on that Notice to Appear would be as an arriving alien and subject to grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212. An LPR can be deported after admission for various offenses found in INA 237(a).

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