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Your daughter has the right to travel out of the UK, but some countries have restrictions on accepting people with a history of mental health problems. This is because the Equality Act, which protects you from discrimination in the UK, does not apply abroad.
Each country will have different rules on this. So it is better to check the country you are planning to visit whether you will have trouble getting a visa and whether they are likely to ask for information about your mental health history.
In US immigration laws, there are barriers that your daughter must overcome to be given a visa and allowed entry. These are a combination of two things:
The law also look out for those who have had in the past a similarly harmful physical or mental disorder that could recur or lead to other behavior that is harmful to the applicant or others.
What's most important to note about the law is that the mental/physical disorder bar is two-part; it applies only when the applicant has BOTH 1) a disorder and 2) some kind of behavior stemming from that disorder that poses a threat to persons or property.
US immigration officials will require the Applicant to undergo an medical examination through a pre-approved medical physician. As your daughter will only apply for a temporary visa (Tourist), she does not automatically have to undergo such an exam, though they may require her to do so.
You can show U.S. immigration officials that, despite having a particular disorder, the condition is not associated with any kind of threatening or harmful behavior. Usually, this involves providing as much documentation as possible about any medical or psychological treatment that your daughter received that mitigates the effects of the condition.
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Any documents received by US immigration for any visa application are considered confidential and will be used only for the consideration of the application for your Visa.
Yes, I advise that you contact the US Embassy as they will provide more accurate information on the steps that your daughter may take and as early as possible so you may have time to process and procure all the necessary requirements.
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