Immigration Evaluations

In many immigration cases, a psychological evaluation can be a compelling piece of evidence. You may find yourself on this page because your attorney recommended you complete an immigration evaluation from an experienced professional who conducts these. 

Immigration evaluations are used to help immigration courts in determining whether an individual or family will be able to lawfully remain in the United States based on specific factors and circumstances. 

I offer objective, detailed evaluations for the following types of cases:

  • Extreme Hardship Waivers
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and Spousal Abuse
  • U-Visas and T-Visas
  • Asylum

Being involved in these proceedings may feel stressful and scary. It is my goal to help you to feel as comfortable and supported during this process as possible. 

If your attorney has recommended that you complete this type of evaluation, please contact me to begin the scheduling process. 

Common Questions You May Have:

 

What happens during the interview?

Clients meet with me for two sessions (each being 1-2 hours). I will ask about your personal/family history, education, and work, as well as your physical and mental health. I will also ask you questions about your background, daily life, and circumstances that impact your mood and functioning. 

For extreme hardship waiver cases and cancellation cases, I will explore the relationship with the qualifying relative (your spouse, parent, or adult child). We will discuss in detail the ways you would be impacted if you were separated. For asylum, VAWA, and U&T cases, I will ask you about the trauma you experienced and how this has impacted your life.

Do you see children and adolescents?

Yes, I am trained to see clients of all ages with age-specific testing. As a therapist, I have also spent many years working with children and adolescents.

When will the report be ready?

In most cases, the report is completed two weeks after our final meeting. In urgent cases, the report can be done sooner for an expedited fee.

What if I need an interpreter?

I will assist in coordination an interpreter for those who need it during the clinical interviews. Due to the nature of the assessment and its use in a legal case, it is important to have a trained, professional interpreter. You may use an interpreter of your choice if you’d like, however friends or family members may not be utilized for this process. 

Where are the interviews held?

Currently, interviews are held via telehealth (video) using a secure, HIPAA compliant platform. I am licensed in both California and Colorado, therefore you must be physically located in one of those states at the time of the interviews.

What will the report look like?

The comprehensive report includes personal history as well as any mental health diagnoses. I will also include a section that summarizes my findings and how they relate to your immigration case. I will also offer recommendations for ongoing treatment.

What is your fee for an immigration evaluation?

The base fee for an immigration evaluation is $900, which included the clinical interview, the written report, communicating with your attorney, and reviewing all additional documentation such as medical and mental health records. As a courtesy to all clients, we send a copy of the evaluation directly to your attorney as well as a copy to you. 

The total cost may vary due to evaluation type, the number of individuals being evaluated, and the use of an interpreter. An additional fee is also required for expedited requests. This will be communicated clearly and transparently prior to the start of the clinical interviews.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, you can divide the total fee into two payments. The first half of $500 is due before the first appointment, and the remainder can be paid when the report is completed. 

*Please note: I will not send the report to you or your attorney until full payment is received.  

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