When Does Immigration Evaluation Services (Psychosocial or Psychological Immigration Evaluations) Become Necessary?

Transition from one culture to another, more often than not, presents a challenging experience. It may become even more stressful if pursuing legal status in the United States. In addition to providing counseling that helps in this transition, I also help by offering psychosocial evaluations for immigration that can greatly help you or your loved one in becoming a legal permanent resident in the United States. Here are four distinct immigration proceedings in which psychosocial evaluations (alternatively psychological immigration evaluations) can be helpful:

Extreme Hardship

When a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States (spouse or child) might experience extreme hardship in the case of leaving the country. Examples include when the citizen: Lacks similar health treatment in the foreign country, Is a caretaker of a relative, Is unable to make a living without a spouse, Is suffering anxiety or depression due to separation. 

Spousal Abuse

When a male or female of a foreign country marries a citizen or permanent resident of the United States is abused by spouse. Examples of abuse include; physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse. 

U-Visa

When the immigrant (including undocumented immigrant) has been a victim of serious crime in the United States. Such crimes include; sexual, involuntary servitude, sexual exploitation, rape and/or domestic violence.

Political Asylum

When the foreign individual was subject of mistreat and abuse in a foreign country causing psychological illness such as depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The abuse could be related to; politics, religion, ethnicity, and/or gender.

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What You Need to Know About Psychosocial or Psychological Immigration Evaluations

Many individuals who are undergoing immigration proceedings to obtain legal status in the United States are being referred out to undergo psychosocial or psychological immigration evaluations. This is because the U.S. Department of Homeland security may consider extreme hardship when deciding whether to pardon or not the immigrant. The psychosocial or psychological evaluation for immigration may be used as source of evidence that could indicate possible extreme hardship. Immigration evaluation services are conducted by a licensed mental health professional. 

The entire psychosocial evaluation for immigration process can be conducted in English or in Spanish (with the exception of the final report that must be in English to be accepted by the immigration courts). The final report is not a simple letter; it is a complex statement related to important factors that are taken into account by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This review is composed of about 5 to 8 pages.

The Cost

Insurance is accepted for the interview process which will take between three to four one hour sessions. If you do not have insurance, sessions are $80.00 per one hour session. The total fee for the written evaluation is $250 which is due on the day you pick up the report. The report is released within 7 to 10 business days.