Extreme hardship means hardship that is greater than what the U.S. relative would experience under normal circumstances if you were denied entry to the United States. It doesn’t have to be the relative that filed for you that will experience extreme hardship. The applicant just has to be your U.S. citizen/LPR spouse or parent.
You must prove that you have enough favorable factors to support the approval of your application. You must also convince the immigration officer that your case warrants a favorable exercise of discretion.
You may submit any evidence to prove extreme hardship, however, there are certain major categories that evidence typically fall into:
- Cultural; and
In addition to proving that there would be extreme hardship in the U.S. you should also provide evidence to show that your relative will encounter extreme hardship if he or she had to relocate with you to the foreign country. Such evidence includes:
- Country reports issued by the U.S. Department of State;
- Country reports issued by other governmental or human rights organizations;
- News articles on events in your home country that will cause extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen/LPR relative.