Most immigrants coming to the United States on a work visa do not expect life to be easy, but few expect mistreatment and exploitation. Unfortunately, that is what some immigrant workers face thanks to unscrupulous employers and challenging immigration laws.
True immigration reform appears to be off the table but a recent draft policy memo could provide helpful guidance in extreme hardship cases. Once the guidance is finalized (later this year), it would clarify how USCIS would make determinations regarding extreme hardship. Under U.S. immigration law, there are several reasons that an individual may need a waiver that is based upon a showing of extreme hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative.