November 11, 2022

Extreme Hardship Waiver Approved, South America

Mooradian's client, a middle aged person living in South America, was recently approved for an extreme hardship waiver.  Following an error by prior counsel, the client left the United States upon her attorney's advice in an effort to engage in a consular process at the U.S. Embassy.  During this process, the client was advised that her past unlawful presence in the United States would bar her from re-entry for the next ten years. In effect, the client would be separated from their spouse and forced to live in a dangerous region of South America, where the client had already endured threats of violence in addition to mental health consequences of the separation.

Mooradian gathered medical evidence, country conditions reporting, and declarations from numerous stakeholders in support of his legal argument for an extreme hardship waiver.  The waiver was approved without any further requests for evidence or argument.  Now, the consular section is working to process the approved waiver and issue an immigrant visa. With that visa, the client will be able to fly to the United States, be admitted as a permanent resident, and spend their time reunited with their spouse here in Massachusetts. Indeed, the U.S. Citizen spouse will be able to continue with their specialized employment and residing in the same home where the couple had previously lived together prior to this familial separation.

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