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united states of america embassy consul discusses visa application with customer at table in officeAn immigration evaluation from a psychologist is a comprehensive assessment conducted by a licensed psychologist to evaluate an individual’s psychological well-being and mental health status in the context of immigration proceedings.

During the evaluation, the immigration psychologist will typically conduct interviews and administer psychological tests to assess factors such as the individual’s psychological functioning, emotional well-being, history of trauma or abuse, and any mental health diagnoses or conditions. The evaluation aims to provide an objective and professional opinion regarding the individual’s mental health and its potential impact on their immigration case.

Do all immigrants need an Immigration Evaluation from a psychologist?

No.  The immigration psychological evaluation is conducted at the recommendation of the immigration attorney.

What is a psychological evaluation for immigration hardship?

An immigration psychological evaluation for immigration hardship is a specialized assessment conducted by an immigration psychologist to assess the psychological impact of potential immigration-related hardships on an individual or their family. These evaluations are typically conducted in cases where an individual is seeking relief from deportation based on extreme hardship.

The immigration psychological evaluation aims to provide evidence of the psychological and emotional challenges an individual or their family members would likely face if they were to be separated or forced to return to their home country. The immigration psychologist will gather information about the individual’s mental health, as well as the potential psychological impact on family members, such as children or dependent relatives. The evaluation report may include information on the individual’s resilience, coping strategies, and any existing mental health conditions.

The psychological evaluation for immigration hardship is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the psychological factors that may contribute to the extreme hardship claim and assist immigration authorities or legal representatives in making informed decisions regarding the case.

Immigration Psychology Evaluations: Impaired Work

In the context of immigration psychology evaluations, the phrase “impaired work” refers to the assessment of an individual’s psychological well-being and its impact on their ability to perform work-related tasks effectively. This evaluation examines whether the individual’s mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma-related disorders, significantly impairs their functioning in a work environment. The evaluation may involve interviews, psychological tests, and a review of the individual’s work history and performance.

Immigration Psychology Evaluations: Social Structure

When considering “social structure” within the context of immigration psychology evaluations, it refers to the examination of an individual’s social network, support systems, and integration into society.

Immigration Psychology Evaluations: Financial Difficulties

“Financial difficulties” in the context of immigration psychology evaluations refers to the assessment of an individual’s financial stability and economic challenges within the immigration context. These evaluations explore the impact of immigration-related factors on an individual’s financial well-being, including employment opportunities, income levels, and access to financial resources. The Immigration psychologists may evaluate the individual’s financial stress, coping mechanisms, and the psychological implications of financial hardships, such as increased anxiety, depression, or decreased overall well-being.

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 36 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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