Within my practice, I seek to help individuals currently struggling with immigration issues through providing psychological evaluations and counseling services.
Going through the process of filing for US resident status or defending oneself against deportation can be a very anxiety provoking time in many individuals’ lives. However, finding someone who has extensive experience and whose evaluations have been successfully cited by Judges in the appeals process can be a very important step in one’s immigration case.
Individuals often seek Immigration/Hardship Evaluation services to document the following difficulties:
Evaluations are often performed for non-citizens or for non-citizen’s spouse and children. This evaluation would identify the ways in which a non-citizen or non-citizen’s family would suffer extreme hardship if the non-citizen was deported or not allowed to enter the country. Common concerns include psychological stressors, emotional hardship (i.e. depression, anxiety, worry, fear for the future), health concerns, financial considerations, and educational opportunities. This report will help identify how you as a US citizen or resident would be impacted if your non US citizen/resident spouse were to have to return to their country of origin.
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) – If you have suffered abuse or cruelty at the hands of your spouse you may meet criteria for VAWA As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The VAWA provisions allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. This report will outline the abuse you have suffered by your spouse.
Some individuals may fail to file for political asylum within one year of entering the country, as required by law. A psychological evaluation would document the presence of psychological stressors that may have prevented a person from filing for political asylum within one year.
While I do not provide clients with legal advice, I am happy to work alongside your attorney or provide you with referrals for experienced immigration attorneys.