Clinical immigration evaluations or psychosocial reports can provide invaluable evidence for individuals applying for immigrant and non-immigrant visa status from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The most common types of cases for which evaluation reports are used include:
- Political Asylum: Clients have typically been exposed to psychological distress, deprivation and/ or torture in their home country. Psychosocial evaluation reports consist of a detailed history and professional diagnostic impression addressing the impact of mistreatment suffered as a result of persecution.
- Extreme/ Exceptional Hardship: In these cases, the psychosocial evaluation report must examine the potential impact of a foreign national’s deportation on a United States Citizen or Greencard Holder’s parents, spouse, or immediate relative.
- Domestic Abuse: Clients filing for US immigration benefits on a marriage to a United States Citizen can continue on their path to gain full immigration benefits (i.e., Greencard) without the support of their US Citizen spouse. Psychosocial evaluation reports addressing the impact of domestic abuse can be vital to securing long tern immigration benefits. It is important to note that the abuse is not limited to physical evidence—verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse also qualify for the granting of this waiver.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Discretionary Waiver: Foreign nationals who wish to come to the United States on a temporary basis will generally not be granted a visa/ permission to enter the US if they have history of addiction and/or criminal background, no matter how minor. Such clients often benefit from submitting a psychosocial evaluation report addressing the details of their addiction struggles, criminal mishaps, and rehabilitation. A well prepared evaluation report will provide strong evidence that the client had reformed and been rehabilitated.
- My office has provided over hundreds of these psychosocial evaluation/ reports for individuals from various parts of the world. Our combined knowledge of immigration law, multicultural counseling, and psychotherapeutic assessment and diagnoses has put us in the position as forerunners to providing adept and comprehensive evaluation reports for our clients.
Disclaimer: We are not attorneys and do not offer legal advice. Our sole purpose as licensed practitioners are to provide our clients with a comprehensive psychosocial evaluation/ report based on our assessment and diagnoses. Those needing legal advice are encouraged to contact an attorney.
INS/ PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS
Deborah C. Moore,
Human Development Services