Hardship Waiver and Psychological Evaluations are conducted when a citizen or resident of the United States (Applicant) applies for an immigration waiver, if the deportation of a relative causes extreme and exceptional hardship.
A psychological assessment to measure the impact caused by immigration issues is a helpful tool to explore overall functioning. The report will examine socioeconomic circumstances, financial hardships, work and social difficulties, and emotional health.
It is important to address the difficulties that the applicant will face if forced to move to another country or the lack of ability to remain in the U.S. without the alien. These processes include several interviews with parties that can be used as collateral witnesses to prepare the Hardship Waiver Assessment.
These are called “Particularly Significant Factors.” USCIS’ policy guidance on extreme hardship is available at www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume9-PartB.html, part of the online USCIS Policy Manual, which will eventually replace the Adjudicator’s Field Manual.