Extreme Hardship Waiver

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A Extreme Hardship Waiver is a document that waive certain grounds of inadmissibility for individuals who is ineligible to adjust status in the U.S. or to be admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant, and certain nonimmigrant applicants who are inadmissible when they establish extreme hardship. Factors that USCIS may consider extreme hardship include:

  • Health conditions & care (physically and emotionally)
  • Country Conditions (ie, DOS travel warning to a particular country)
  • Economic Impact
  • Social and cultural impact (ie, discrimination over sex orientation)
  •  Family ties an impact

Supporting documents must be submitted to support your story.  USCIS officers will weigh all factors individually and cumulatively. Factors that might be considered include, but are not limited to :

  • Whether you entered U.S. lawfully or unlawfully and length of time you have lived in the U.S.;
  • Whether you have criminal record;
  • Your immigration history in the U.S..
  • Your family ties to U.S. citizens or to aliens living lawfully in the U.S.;
  • Likelihood that you will become a lawful permanent resident in the future;
  • Your education and employment history in the U.S.;
  • Whether you are a person of good moral character;


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