Immigration evaluation can provide invaluable evidence for individuals applying for immigrant visa status from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). I bring over 15 years of experience in completed immigration assessments and over 20 years as a mental health professional.
Immigration evaluations provide invaluable evidence for individuals applying for immigrant visa status from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). My assessment is a a psychosocial clinical inquiry, that will examine a vast array of issues, including development, education, employment, spousal/family dynamics, finances, healthcare, legal issues, military service, cultural, language, religious, and many more. While there is a set pattern in the evaluation it must also be tailored to the particular history of a particular person. The evaluation will outline the person’s daily functioning regarding his activities of daily living, including dressing, eating, bathing, and other areas of self-care. The goal is to permit the reader to understand you as a real human being with needs, and feelings.
In short, this report is to reflect your life’s story through a sympathetic narrative with my assistance as a professional clinical expert who is trained in family systems and mental health issues. In most cases, simply humanizing your story is worth the price of the mitigation report.
Types of Evaluations/Petitions VAWA Evaluations- Violence Against Women Act Petitions
I have extensive training and experience in domestic violence treatment and evaluation, for both victims and offenders. I understand the process of VAWA petitions and have worked with immigration attorneys to document domestic abuse for VAWA petitions for almost 10 years now and have been a practicing mental health professional for over 25 years. VAWA Evaluations are used in cases where a person immigrates to the United States (often under a fiancee visa) and marries an American citizen. It can happen that this relationship becomes abusive, with the American citizen as the abuser and the immigrant spouse as the victim. Often, the abuser will threaten the victim with deportation to keep her/him silent about the abuse. When this happens, the victim can leave their abuser and petition U.S. Immigration to be allowed to stay in the United States and eventually receive a Green Card (permanent resident status) by proving that they are being abused by their American husband/wife.
Extreme Hardship Assessment for 601-Waiver, Cancellation of Removal for Deportation, and J-1 Visa
When an individual faces deportation, this can be a significant emotional and psychological hardship on their family (spouse, children, or elderly parents). A hardship evaluation done by a mental health professional is designed to document and explain this hardship to immigration professionals.
I conduct an in-depth immigration hardship assessment using both clinical interview and objective mental health evaluations, when warranted, to produce the best evidence to support your petition.
U-Visa Evaluations – Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, etc.
If you have been the victim of a crime and are cooperating with law enforcement officials in the prosecution of the perpetrators, you may be eligible for a U-Visa. U-Visa Evaluations conducted by mental health professionals are used to document the type and extent of the psychological damage and distress you suffered as a result of your victimization. Quick Turnaround Times
While great attention and care go into all of my Mental Health Immigration Evaluations, I strive to provide quick turnaround times. Many experts conducting immigration evaluations can take up to one month to even get an initial appointment. In contrast, I can schedule your first appointment within one week, and in most cases, your evaluation report will be completed in two to three weeks.
If you already have an immigration attorney for your petition, I will be happy to work with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, I can refer you to an attorney who is experienced with VAWA petitions.
What you can expect:
You can typically schedule your evaluation within a week and you will have your completed immigration evaluation within 10 to 14 days of your initial visit. Your immigration evaluation fees cover the following:
3 visits with an experienced licensed clinician
4 - 6 hours total of face-to-face clinical assessment time
A prepared seven to eight to nine page evaluation with recommendations
Call today for an estimate and a free ten minute consultation!