Psychological Immigration Evaluations
Immigration evaluations are psychological reports written by a mental health professional. The immigration evaluation process is usually done to present a psychological defense for someone with a pending deportation case. Also, this is usually done in conjunction with an immigration law firm. An immigration attorney is the only one who can advocate for the person who wants to stay in the US. So, the role of the immigration evaluation therapist is to assess the potential impact of a deportation process. Specifically, how removing the non-permanent resident will affect the legal resident.
It is also my responsibility to interview the legal resident and learn more about the relationship. How did they meet the non-permanent resident? How deeply entangled is this person in their life? What benefit do they give each other? The more we can demonstrate that the non-resident is of physical, financial, emotional, or psychological importance — the better.
Who Needs a Immigration Evaluation Psychological Exam?
The process of a immigration evaluation psychological is meant to predict the hardship or distress due to a deportation. The US citizen advocating for a non-citizen is usually the focus of this evaluation. Typical situations that call for an immigration hardship evaluation are:
- Asylum seekers
- A family that is facing economic or social hardship if an undocumented family member were to be deported
- A spouse requesting for their undocumented partner to stay with them, as it would create a hardship if they left
- People requesting to stay in the country if they have been a victim of domestic violence
The process often starts with a referral from an immigration attorney, although we will accept self-referred clients. Because we are not attorneys, our job as the immigration evaluation therapist is simply to present a diagnosis. We also state why it would be harmful to the family if the person is removed.
If you need to speak to your counselor in Spanish, we also offer bilingual counseling services.