A hardship letter is a key component of many immigration applications, and it is important to understand how to write one correctly. A hardship letter is simply a written explanation of how an applicant’s inability to remain in their home country would cause extreme hardship for themselves or for family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
There are many different types of immigration applications that may require a hardship letter. For example, someone applying for a waiver of inadmissibility due to extreme hardship may need to submit a hardship letter. Other examples include:
- Applications for asylum
- Cancellation of Removal
- Deferred action
- U nonimmigrant status
It is important to note that a hardship letter is not the only factor that will be considered in these applications. Each application has different requirements, and an experienced immigration attorney can help you understand what else you will need to include in your application.
Who Should I Write My Hardship Letter To?
The answer to this question depends on the type of application you are filing. In some cases, the USCIS may require that you submit a hardship letter directly to them. In other cases, you may need to submit your hardship letter to the consular officer handling your case.
What Should I Include in My Hardship Letter?
There are three main elements that should be included in every hardship letter:
- A description of the extreme hardship that would be caused if you were not granted relief
- An explanation of why this hardship would occur
- An explanation of how long this hardship would last
It is important to be as specific as possible when describing the extreme hardship that would be caused. The USCIS or consular officer reviewing your case will want to see evidence that this hardship is real and significant. This may include, for example, letters from family members or medical professionals.
It is also important to explain why this hardship would occur if you were not granted relief. For example, if you are applying for a waiver of inadmissibility, you will need to explain how your inability to remain in the United States would cause extreme hardship for yourself or for your family members.
Finally, you will need to explain how long this hardship would last. This is important because the USCIS or consular officer will want to know if the hardship is temporary or if it would be permanent.
Why Should I Hire a Family-Based Immigration Lawyer?
The immigration process is often confusing and overwhelming. A qualified immigration lawyer can help you navigate the process and ensure that your application is complete and accurate. At our law firm, we have experience handling a variety of family-based immigration matters, including asylum immigration and appeals. Call us today at (720) 802-2705 to learn more about your legal options and ways we can help.