Writing a hardship letter, or the “I-601 waiver of grounds of inadmissability“, to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will make you feel like carrying a lot of pressure and a huge responsibility as to the fate of someone who is deported. A lot are confused on how should it be written and who should write it. For an informal requirement, it can be the difference between overturning a decision to deport and sealing the deal.
What It Is
It is a letter written by someone, who should be an American Citizen, related to the person deported and seeking re-entry to the country. It should clearly and convincingly illustrate that the writer will suffer terribly if he or she is separated from the deportee. While it is not a formal requirement to contest deportations, it does prove to be a very valuable supporting document in immigration applications and proceedings.
How It Is Done
There are no specific formats other than following the format of a basic formal letter. It should be addressed to the concerned authorities, the local embassy where the deportee is located. When you write a hardship letter, you should be able to explain how life would be hard for you if the deportee cannot be with you. You can also indicate why leaving the country to be where the deportee is located is also not an option for you. You should be able to convince the concerned authorities that allowing the deportee back into the country is the only option for you and any other arrangement would be detrimental to you.
Challenges To Writing the Letter
The letter should very clearly illustrate that deporting the person will cause great hardships for you. Yes, you should show that you are the one to suffer in the absence of the deportee. The job of the authorities is to ensure that its citizens are protected, not the immigrants. So if you write a letter that shows how the deportee will suffer more than you do, chances are the decision would be against you.
Indeed, in theory, it is the deportee who ultimately benefits from a convincing letter. You should show that you will be the one who will benefit more if the deportee is allowed to enter the country. Essentially, the only challenge in writing the letter how you show who suffers more. If you need advice and help on writing this letter, contact an immigration professional.
Reasons You Can Use
There are a lot of reasons you can use to illustrate the situation. This includes your heavy reliance on the deportee for support, whether financial, emotional or physical.
• You may be married to a deportee and that deportee serves as the breadwinner of the family.
• You can include that the deportee is a great parent to your kids and that the kids will suffer immeasurable emotional trauma from their separation with the deportee.
• Persons with disabilities may also bank on the fact that the deportee serves as their caregiver.
Business owners may also write a letter to show that they will suffer tremendous losses when the person is to be deported and prevented from returning to the country however, this should not be confused with corporate immigration.
The following situations are examples:
• The education of the deportee was financed by the business where he is to work upon graduation.
• Pricey trainings and seminars were sponsored by the business for the deportee to attend to.
A reverse scenario may also happen when the deportee is an employer and all the current employees will be greatly affected by his absence.
A very moving and convincing hardship letter can go a long way in defending someone who was deported. It does not guarantee positive results. A highly qualified and respectable immigration lawyer should still be consulted to increase the chances of reversing the deportation decision.