How can one show evidence of extreme hardship?

Your waiver can be accompanied by several important documents. Your waiver application can be supported by evidence submitted by an experienced immigration attorney.

If you are not in the United States with them or if they have to leave the country, the qualifying relative should draft a statement outlining all the reasons they will suffer extreme hardship.

Country reports issued by the U.S. Department of State, or other governmental or human rights organizations, outlining the conditions of your home country that will lead to extreme hardship.

Immigration hardship evaluations from medical professionals (e.g., medical doctor or psychologist) as evidence of physical and/or emotional conditions that will lead to extreme hardship.

  • Copies of tax returns and/or pay statements as evidence of income.
  • Copies of statements showing any debts that need to be settled in the United States.
  • Copies of your qualifying relative’s professional and/or educational credentials.
  • Letters from relatives, professionals, and/or friends who are in a position to corroborate your arguments for extreme hardship.

What Can I Expect During an Immigration Hardship Evaluation?

In extreme cases, an immigration attorney can complete the necessary forms and gather evidence.  You will usually need to meet with a psychologist to complete an immigration hardship assessment.

A hardship evaluation documents the hardships that a qualifying relative would face if you were denied entry, deported, or forced to leave the country.

This process can be anxiety-provoking so we have included a quick overview of what you can expect during the evaluation:

  • A typical immigration hardship evaluation includes the following:
  • An interview with you and close members of your family. The interview will help us understand important psychological, medical, and social background information, and your current level of cognitive and psychological functioning.
  • Consultation with your attorney to determine the type of waiver that will be best suited for your case.
  • A review of medical, psychological, and other supporting documents that help us have a better understanding of your psychological and emotional functioning.
  • If necessary, we will administer psychological tests and questionnaires to help figure out specific areas where you are having psychological difficulty.
  • After we complete the evaluation, we will write a comprehensive report that integrates our findings and give it to your attorney.