Immigration Evaluation Services

Psychological Evaluations for immigration purposes are a psychological evaluation that is used to help immigration courts determine whether an individual will be able to remain lawfully in the United States. The immigration evaluation includes in-depth interviews and assessments that occur over the course of 2 to 3 meetings. During the assessment process, you will be asked questions about yourself and your immigration case to include specific immigration concerns, your personal, marital and family history, work history, as well as medical and psychiatric history as they pertain to the case. 

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We provide assessments for the following immigration cases:

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Asylum

  • Extreme hardship waivers

  • U Visa

  • Citizenship Examination Waiver (N-648)

  • Adam Walsh Act

The  Immigration Psychological Evaluation Will Include:

  • In-depth interview

  • Comprehensive personal, familial, and social histories

  • Comprehensive educational and occupational histories

  • Comprehensive medical and medication histories

  • Comprehensive mental health, psychiatric, and/or trauma histories, where applicable

  • ·       Mental Status Exam (MSE)

  • Behavioral observations and interpretations

  • Current mental health struggles and/or symptoms

  • Assignment of mental health diagnoses, where applicable

  • Applicable evidence-based psychological research

  • Tests for malingering

  • Highly standardized, objective, and valid psychological measures

  • Professional, realistic predictions based on risk and protective factors

  • Incorporation of applicable medical records from outside physicians, mental health professionals​, etc.

  • Professional recommendations based on psychological assessment

Who Should Receive Psychological Evaluation for Immigration?

Psychological evaluations are required for the majority of asylum and hardship immigration cases. Your lawyer will likely refer you, your partner, and/or your family to complete these evaluations. The psychological evaluation will be included as evidence of the hardship and/or persecution you’ve experienced in order to ensure you receive acceptance from the USCIS as an asylum seeker. These reports consist of a comprehensive report that your legal counsel can use to strengthen your court case. While only 30% of asylum seekers total are approved, 90% of those who have a psychological evaluation as part of their application for asylum are approved. For just a few hours of your time, you can dramatically improve your legal case for asylum.

Our Immigration Psychological Evaluation Psychologists
While most psychologists are trained to diagnose and describe any mental health conditions you may be experiencing, many providers do not have the training necessary to write reports for a legal audience. At Brighter Day Psychological Services, we are highly experienced in psychiatric testing as it applies to asylum and extreme hardship immigration. We are also trained in how to adequately address the legal questions that the immigration court will want to be answered regarding your case.