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What is an Immigration Evaluation?

A mental health assessment is provided for someone to submit as part of their immigration case.

For example:

•If an asylum seeker experienced trauma in their home country

• A mental health assessment can document PTSD symptoms

• This provides evidence for their case

Value and Impact: decides whether someone is deported to life-threatening circumstances and whether a family is split apart

The process: 1 to 2 -one-hour interviews, online or in person

Written Assessment: Between 12-15 pages

Evaluation Time Frame Completion: within three weeks( rush fee would apply if needed within two weeks)

Immigration Psychological Evaluations

Extreme Hardship Waivers

Also called an I-601 or I-601A Waiver

U.S. citizen (USC) or legal resident can petition for an undocumented family member who is at risk of having to leave the country and being barred from returning for 3 to 10 years

If a waiver is granted, it allows family members to remain in the U.S. For waiver, USC must prove that it would cause them extreme hardship:

1) If their family member relocates abroad

2) Or if they relocate with their family members

Cancellation of Removal

Cancellation of removal is a special type of relief granted to non-U.S. citizens involved in deportation proceedings. People whose application was approved can lawfully stay in the U.S. since the immigration judge has canceled their removal from the country. 

Lawful permanent residents (those with a green card) and nonresidents (those who don’t have a green card) may apply for cancellation of removal).

Asylum Cases

Who is Eligible?

A person has fled their home country; they are in the U.S. or at the border.

• If they return to their home country, the person has a well-founded fear of persecution.

•Due to their membership in a particular targeted social group

Includes categories based on:

• Ethnicity / Race• Nationality• Religious beliefs•, Sexual Orientation / Gender Expression• Political views• Women fleeing domestic violence.• Individuals fleeing gang violence

Violence Against Women Act(VAWA)

Provides special protection to noncitizen spouses & children who’ve suffered battery or extreme cruelty at the hands of a USC or permanent resident.

• Allows immigrant victims of domestic violence to get a green card, independent of abusive citizen spouse through a process called “self-petitioning”.

U Visa Immigration Evaluations

Who Is Eligible? 

• Are victims of certain crimes

• Have been helpful (or intend to be helpful)to law enforcement or govt. officials in the investigation/prosecution of criminal activity)

• Have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse

Certification for Disability (N-648)

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). To apply to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, an applicant must meet specific eligibility requirements. However, some applicants can be exempt from fulfilling the English and/or civics requirements if they cannot do so because of physical or developmental disability or mental impairments.

Individuals may sometimes qualify for an exemption (N-648) from the English and U.S. Civics requirements for U.S. naturalization if there is a presence of a physical, developmental disability, or mental impairment.