Why is the U.S. Consulate Refusing to Grant my Extreme Hardship Waiver?
Challenges in preparing a convincing I-601 waiver.
I’m from Belgium, and am married to a U.S. citizen. I live in Belgium but I want to move to the United States to join my wife. We applied for my green card last year, and I filled out all the forms and went to an interview at the consulate. At the consulate, I was informed that I overstayed my H-1B visa by seven months and am now inadmissible and unable to apply for a green card for several years without a waiver.
I requested a waiver and completed Form I-601, and I wrote a letter explaining that I would suffer extreme hardship if the immigrant visa were denied, because my American wife would have to stay in the U.S. in order to keep her job (she works in a high-tech field that basically doesn’t exist in Belgium) and to care for her elderly mother, who also lives with her. But the consulate just sent me a letter saying they need more evidence.
What’s the holdup here, and how can I get my green card granted?