Demonstrating Psychological Hardship: A Statistical Study of Psychology Evaluations in Hardship Waivers of Inadmissibility

16 Bender's Immigr. Bull. 10, 2011

24 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2012

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Greg McLawsen

Sound Immigration

Julia McLawsen

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Kevin Ruser

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Psychological evaluations are routinely submitted in support of applications for “extreme hardship” waivers of inadmissibility. Yet despite widespread use, practitioners must rely on their own experience and anecdote to gauge whether such an evaluation will be worth its substantial expense to a client. Expense aside, practitioners are often skeptical about whether such evaluations will help their client prove up an application. This article uses statistical analyses of waiver decisions to answer some preliminary questions about whether psychological evaluations help waiver applicants demonstrate extreme hardship.

Keywords: immigration, psychology, hardship, I-601, waiver, inadmissibility

Suggested Citation

McLawsen, Greg and McLawsen, Julia and Ruser, Kevin, Demonstrating Psychological Hardship: A Statistical Study of Psychology Evaluations in Hardship Waivers of Inadmissibility (January 1, 2011). 16 Bender's Immigr. Bull. 10, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192261

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Julia McLawsen

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

Lincoln, NE
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Kevin Ruser

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

Lincoln, NE
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