Extreme and Exceptional Hardship

In Extreme and Exceptional Hardship cases, an undocumented immigrant must prove that his or her removal (previously, deportation) would result in an exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to his or her spouse, child, or parent who is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States.

To meet the legal standard of hardship, the Immigration Psychological Evaluation considers many factors in the undocumented immigrant’s life. Some of these factors include:

  • the age of the undocumented immigrant and his or her children
  • the health condition of the immigrant or his or her child, spouse or parent
  • the financial impact of immigrant’s departure or removal
  • the psychological implications of immigrant’s separation
  • Other factors including length of stay in the U.S., contributions, and ties to a community in the U.S., and result of a disruption of educational opportunities



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