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Psychological Evaluations for Immigration, Why they are Needed

Why is a Psychological Evaluation for Immigration Needed? 

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.  There are thousands of people who are continually filing for different waivers and petitions.  Individuals are seeking means to get a reprieve of some sort due to various reasons. In this article, we highlight cases that necessitate a psychological evaluation.

Extreme Hardship Cases

There are instances where an individual is a sole breadwinner. In these cases where the individual has dependents who immediately rely on them for survival, the dependents may decide to apply for a waiver. These are said to be extreme hardship cases.

The exemption is due to the hardship the dependents may face or endure in any case the individual gets deported. The children or spouse of the individual may have to suffer from separation or job loss. The hardships are either typical or extreme, depending on the magnitude of the cases.

U Visa

A psychological evaluation is necessary for a situation where an individual is a victim of a severe crime in the US. These crimes may be rape, kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture, domestic violence, or even cases of murder.

In the case of such crimes, the evaluation helps to determine the extent of mental or physical abuse. Once determined to be accurate, they get a U Visa though they are undocumented.

Political Asylum Cases

There are several cases where an individual may undergo harsh or unfair treatment in their country. This treatment may be due to a contrary opinion in politics, religion, gender, or even their identity along ethnic lines.

In the political asylum cases, the individual may develop disorders (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which harms them. The evaluation in this regard will help to establish the effects of the abuse experienced.

Spousal Abuse (Violence against Women Act)

This Spousal Abuse, Violence against Women Act, provides help to both the man and woman in the cases where they become victims of their U.S. citizen spouses’ mental or physical abuse. In this case, the victim stands a chance of becoming a permanent resident of the United States once the determination is affirmative.

This determination will be made possible through the psychological evaluation used to establish the impact of the abuse.

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These are some of the cases where you may need to get a psychological evaluation to access the level of impact and fill in for a waiver or petition. You should also understand that the process of assessment helps to gather the necessary information needed and establish the best action to take with the help of a psychologist and your attorney.


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Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations, What Are They?

Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations, What Are They?

We live in a world where surgeries are a common thing.  So what is a Pre-Surgical psychological evaluation?  Candidates for most types of surgeries will need to undergo a psychological evaluation before the procedure. This has become an essential requirement and a standard practice that has been taking place for years now. The process is meant to improve the overall outcome of the procedure and patient satisfaction. Surgeries that need pre-surgical evaluations include; cosmetic, bariatric surgery, organ transplant, etc.

Why Go Through a Pre-Surgical Evaluation

1. Your insurance company needs it

Your insurance company is going to cover the cost of the surgery, so they need you to see a psychologist assure them that you’re ready for the procedure. They won’t pay for it if you don’t understand everything, including post-surgery effects, potential complications, and the required follow-up.

2. The evaluation will help you identify ways to improve your post-surgery recovery.

Mental preparation for the surgery is important for physical preparedness and recovery. The process will help identify your weaknesses, strengths, and motivation and point out areas you need extra guidance.

3. Your surgeon needs it

A pre-surgical evaluation is what will help your surgeon understand your case, needs, and mental state. These help them know how to deal with you on the operating table and understand all the behaviors you’re likely to show after surgery.

4. Patients need it

The evaluation process is essential for patients to help them learn more about themselves, their mental triggers, habits, and come up with a plan for recovery.

pre-surgical psychologyFactors That Are Likely To Affect the Surgery

Several mental weaknesses can interfere with the surgery is not addressed beforehand. These include;

• Demoralization

• Stress

• Anxiety

• Low self-esteem

• Fear of pain

• Substance abuse history

• Anger

• Chronic psychiatric issues

What to Expect During Pre-Surgical Evaluations

• An interview with a clinician to discuss the background and history of the patient. The questions during this interview will entail medical history, social information, and psychological history.

• Learning more about the surgery by consulting with the physician or surgeon and asking all the necessary questions.

• Psychological tests to examine current psychological functioning of the surgery candidate

• After this, your psychologist prepares a report and sends it to the surgeon for further evaluation before commencing with the type of surgery you are having. 


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