Tag Archive for Immigration

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for Political Asylum

Immigration Services

Political Asylum Psychological Evaluations serve to document the impact of mistreatment, abuse, or persecution inflicted in a foreign country. The emotional impact may include the development of formal mental health disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The psychological evaluation includes a clinical interview and testing of the immigrant applying for…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for Hardship or Waiver Applications

Immigration Services

Hardship psychological evaluations are conducted when a citizen or resident of the United States (Applicant) applies for an immigration waiver, if the deportation of a relative causes extreme and exceptional hardship.  A psychological evaluation explores and documents the impact of the immigration problems, which may include mental health diagnoses, impaired work and social functioning, and…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for VAWA

Immigration Services

Spousal Abuse Psychological Evaluations are performed on the spouse of a United States citizen or legal resident who has endured domestic violence. The battered spouse often experiences emotional and sexual abuse.  Psychological evaluations supplement the 601 waiver application by documenting the nature, severity, and frequency of the abuse.  The psychological evaluations also document the consequences…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for U Visa Application

Immigration Services

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is given to victims of some types of crimes.  The u visa applicant must have suffered mental of physical abuse.  In addition the u visa applicant must have helped law enforcement in the prosecution of the perpetrator. The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is part of the Victims of…

Assessing Mental Competence In Immigration Proceedings

Immigration Services

In this narrative the forensic psychologist will try to explain the difference between psychological evaluations done to assess competence in immigration proceedings and competence in criminal proceedings.  the narrative will also describe what the respondent alien may need to possess in terms of decisional competence to appear before immigration court.  there will be some discussion…

Same Sex Couples Hardship Waivers

Immigration Services

After the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same sex couples may use psychological evaluations to help demonstrate the spouse is the primary caregiver of a U.S. Citizen and help demonstrate the adverse effects of deportation on the American citizen. An eligible citizen or resident of the United States (Applicant) may suffer extreme…

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Immigration Services

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows some victims of spousal abuse or domestic violence to attain lawful immigration status without the spouse’s petition. Extreme cruelty or battery psychological evaluations documents the client’s current mental state and assesses the emotional impact of the abuse endured. Psychological evaluations may be used to document the nature, severity,…

Spousal Abuse / Domestic Violence Evaluations

Immigration Services

Psychological evaluations performed on an individual who has been abused by his/her spouse who is a citizen or legal resident of the United States. Psychological evaluations document the nature, severity, and frequency of the abuse. Extreme cruelty or battery psychological evaluations documents the client’s current mental state and assesses the emotional impact of the abuse…

U Visa Psychological Evaluations

Immigration Services

Some immigrants who have been the victims of serious crimes may be eligible for U Visas. When applying for U Visas, psychological evaluations are used to assist in documenting the substantial physical or mental abuse suffered after being the victim of a serious crime. The U Visa applicant may have endured serious crimes such as…

Dangerousness Evaluations for Bond Hearings

Immigration Services

An alien who is not mandatorily detained has the right to a bond hearing. Among the factors considered in a bond hearing is the alien’s dangerousness to society. During a bond hearing, the Immigration Judge considers whether the alien may pose a danger to the safety of other persons or the safety of property. Psychological…