Imagine having a family member that you depend on to take care of you and provide you with your basic needs. Now imagine living in fear that at any moment that family member could be taken away from you and deported out of the country. For many families living in the Los Angeles area, this is a sad reality, but with family-based immigration, it doesn’t have to be.

One such family is made up of a husband and wife and their two daughters. The oldest daughter, an 8-year-old, was born with a condition that interferes with her ability to walk. Her foot is turned inward, requiring regular visits to the doctor and physical therapist. Her mother happens to be an undocumented immigrant. If she is forced to return to her original country, her daughter’s care would suffer.

In order to prevent this from happening, the mother, a 33-year-old native of Mexico, plans to apply for a special provisional waiver that would allow her to stay in the country while she applies for a green card. The waiver, which goes into effect in March, requires applicants to show that their absence from the country would cause extreme hardship to at least one member of their family who is a U.S. citizen. The father of the family and both daughters are both U.S.-born citizens.

Those who are interested in applying for this special waiver might benefit from speaking with a lawyer who can help them fill out the required paperwork and guide them through the entire process.

Source: USA Today, “New policy aids illegal-immigrant spouses,” Daniel Gonzalez, Jan. 23, 2013