Immigration Hardship Evaluations
At South Texas Counseling Agency, one of the things we do is help those 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. Psychological reports can have a positive impact on an immigration application by providing for the court or a USCIS adjudicator a detailed explanation of the harmful psychological and emotional impact an unfavorable immigration decision would have on the immigrant and his or her family members. For immigrant crime victims, a psychological report can be critical in demonstrating the emotional harm suffered by the immigrant as a result of the crime perpetrated against him or her.
We offer immigration psychological evaluations for individuals applying for a U-visa, hardship waiver, VAWA self-petition and other forms of immigration benefits or relief. We will meet with you individually, consult with your attorney, and review any pertinent records that may assist us in providing a thorough evaluation. Individuals often seek Immigration Evaluation services to document the following difficulties:
- Extreme Hardship: 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 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.
- Psychological Stressors: 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 filling for political asylum within one year.
- Domestic/Spousal Abuse Waiver: This evaluation seeks to establish the presence of domestic abuse in order to file for legal status (separately from their U.S. citizen spouse). The psychotherapist is tasked with assessing the presence of abuse and the psychological and practical impacts of the abuse. Sometimes the abuse is obvious, but at other times it is more subtle. Documented indicators of abuse is cited as physical, verbal or psychological assault.