What Is an Immigration Psychological Evaluation?

Immigration Psychological Evaluations are psychological assessments used to help immigration courts determine whether an individual can lawfully remain in the United States. However, the general purpose of a psychological evaluation for immigration court is to document any mental health conditions or diagnoses and to describe, from a psychosocial perspective, how potential deportation would impact a client and their family.  A psychological evaluation can also help address discrepancies in a client’s report of personal history or clinical presentation, for example, by citing research regarding memory and posttraumatic stress disorder. 

Which Immigration Cases Benefit From A Psychological Evaluation?

  1. Extreme Hardship Cases
  2. Spousal Abuse (Violence Against Women Act)
  3. Political Asylum Cases
  4. U Visa