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american flag through wire meshAsylum seekers who have fled their home countries due to abuse or persecution (or fear of abuse or persecution) can face significant mental health consequences.  The trauma and uncertainty experienced during their escape, coupled with the ongoing distress caused by the fear of potential harm, can severely impact their psychological well-being.

The heightened state of stress and fear can persist even after the person has left the country where the abuse and persecution occurred.

What is an asylum in psychology?

Immigration psychologist assess asylum seekers to explore the type of abuse or persecution experienced and their consequences.  Objective psychological testing is used to establish whether the individual meets diagnostic criteria for diagnoses such as depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Immigration psychologist then prepares a forensic psychological report summarizing the results of the interview and testing.  These reports may include treatment recommendations as needed.

How can I contact an immigration psychologist?

Immigration Psychology is a private practice formed by Doctors in Psychology who specialize in forensic and clinical psychology.  Our forensic and clinical psychologists have testified as expert witnesses in hundreds of civil, criminal, and immigration cases in several states.

For more than 15 years, Immigration Psychology has offered forensic psychological evaluations for Hardship Waivers, VAWA, Asylum, U Visa, T Visa, and Citizenship examination waivers.

Our immigration psychologists are bilingual and licensed in the United States and can practice in 35 states:

Alabama – AL             Kentucky – KY            Oklahoma – OK

Arizona – AZ              Maine – ME                 Pennsylvania – PA

Arkansas – AR            Maryland – MD            Tennessee – TN

Colorado – CO            Michigan – MI             Texas – TX

Connecticut – CT        Minnesota – MN          Virginia – VA

Utah – UT                    Mississippi – MS        Nebraska – NE

Delaware – DE            Missouri – MO             Washington – WA

District of Columbia – DC                               West Virginia – WV

Florida – FL                Nevada – NV                Wisconsin – WI

Georgia – GA              New Hampshire – NH  Wyoming – WY

Idaho – ID                   New Jersey – NJ

Illinois – IL                  North Carolina – NC

Indiana – IN                Ohio – OH


How do immigration psychologists and immigration attorneys work together?

A psychological evaluation is done at the recommendation of the immigration attorney.

Immigration psychologists and Immigration Attorneys have a working relationship that must protect the independence of opinion and the objectivity of each professional.  Immigration psychologists must understand rules of admissibility to determine whether the testing and procedures used are valid and reliable enough to stand the scrutiny of the court and other experts.  Immigration psychologists must understand how to provide testimony as required by the case.


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