Amy Winehouse

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

The media is reporting that Amy Winehouse was denied a visa to come to the United States for the Grammy Awards. The media was also unsure as to why. Quite simple. Amy is a drug addict. Addicts are inadmissible to the United States. INA § 212(a)(1)(A)(iv). Amy has a drug conviction and likely admits to violating drug laws. People with drug convictions or who admits to drug crimes are inadmissible to the United States. INA § 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II). A person who is seeking to enter the United States temporarily can receive a waiver of inadmissibility at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. It can take a long time to get a waiver request decided, though sometimes prominent people can get their requests expedited. Until one is granted, she is not coming to the United States — six Grammy nominations or not.


 

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