The U visa and T visa are visas designed to protect and support victims of crimes, but they differ in terms of the qualifying crimes and the associated benefits.
The U visa is for victims of certain qualifying crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and are willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
The T visa, on the other hand, is specifically for victims of human trafficking.
While both visas provide legal status and work authorization, the U visa offers a path to permanent residency (green card) after meeting certain requirements, while the T visa allows a temporary stay for up to four years.
What is an immigration psychological evaluation for U Visa?
A psychological evaluation for U visa application explores the psychological impact and trauma experienced by the victim as a result of the qualifying crime. These evaluations are conducted by Doctors in Psychology who conduct clinical interviews, psychological testing to arrive to diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.
What is an immigration psychological evaluation for T Visa?
Psychological evaluations in T visa cases document the trauma and psychological impact experienced by the trafficking victim. These evaluations are conducted by Doctors in Psychology with expertise in trauma and abuse. The evaluations aim to assess the victim’s mental health status and identify symptoms and diagnoses such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, or other psychological conditions resulting from the trafficking experience.
The psychological evaluations serve several purposes in T visa cases. First, they help establish the credibility of the victim’s trafficking story and validate their claims. They provide a professional assessment of the emotional and psychological effects of the trauma endured by the victim.
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 Utah – UT
Delaware – DE Missouri – MO Virginia – VA
District of Columbia – DC Nebraska – NE
Florida – FL Nevada – NV Washington – WA
Georgia – GA New Hampshire – NH West Virginia – WV
Idaho – ID New Jersey – NJ Wisconsin – WI
Illinois – IL North Carolina – NC Wyoming – WY
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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