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When Does Immigration Evaluation Services (Psychosocial or Psychological Immigration Evaluations) Become Fundamental?

Transition from one culture to another, more often than not, presents a challenging experience. It may become even more stressful if pursuing legal status in the United States. In addition to providing counseling that helps in this transition, we also help by offering psychosocial evaluations for immigration that can greatly help you or your loved one in becoming a legal permanent resident in the United States. Here are four distinct immigration proceedings in which psychosocial evaluations ( alternatively psychological immigration evaluations) can be helpful:

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Extreme Hardship

When a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States (spouse or child) might experience extreme hardship in the case of leaving the country. Examples include when the citizen:

  • Lacks similar health treatment in the foreign country.

  • Is a caretaker of a relative.

  • Is unable to make a living if spouse go.

  • Is in advanced study unable to speak the foreign language.

  • Is suffering anxiety disorder or depression due to separation.

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Spouse Abuse (VAWA)

When a male or female of a foreign country marries a citizen or permanent resident of the United States is abused by spouse. Examples of abuse include:

  • Physical

  • Verbal

  • Sexual

  • Psychological

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When the immigrant (including undocumented immigrant) has been a victim of serious crime in the United States. Such crimes include:

  • Sexual

  • Involuntary servitude

  • Sexual exploitation

  • Rape

  • Domestic violence

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Political Asylum

When the foreign individual was subject of mistreat and abuse in a foreign country causing psychological illness such as depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The abuse could be related to:

  • Politics

  • Religion

  • Ethnicity

  • Gender

What You Need to Know About Psychosocial or Psychological Immigration Evaluations

Many individuals who are undergoing immigration proceedings to obtain legal status in the United States are being referred out to undergo psychosocial or psychological immigration evaluations. This is because the U.S. Department of Homeland security may consider extreme hardship when deciding whether to pardon or not the immigrant. The psychosocial or psychological evaluation for immigration may be used as source of evidence that could indicate possible extreme hardship. Immigration evaluation services are conducted by a licensed mental health professional. The psychological immigration evaluations are performed by psychologists, while psychosocial immigration evaluations are usually performed by other mental health professionals such as licensed professional counselors and clinical social workers. In either case the themes addressed are similar.  Although they are important and commonly used, often attorneys do not discuss with their client the reasoning behind this referral, the benefits, and what the client can expect when undergoing immigration evaluation services. To understand these processes, please click on the items below.

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Psychosocial evaluations for immigration have proved useful in thousands of waivers that could perhaps have been denied had these reports not been included as a piece of additional evidence. Overall, the process of obtaining one can be relatively easy due to the fact that attorneys usually have a referral list of mental health professionals who they have worked with in the past. Another way of finding a clinician is by doing an online search with phrases such as “psychological immigration evaluation Houston”. It is important, however, that when selecting the mental health professional, you use your best judgement in regards to their competence in providing a thorough evaluation and quality report. This can be a crucial factor that will determine whether a petition will be approved or denied.

Our Immigration Evaluation Services in Houston,TX

What is included?

  • Collection of data prior to the interview
  • Application of psychological tools (assessments)
  • Interview
  • The rigorous report

The Cost

The total fee for the evaluation is of $500. When you set the appointment, you are expected to pay half of the total amount ($250). This fee is non-refundable as it will secure your interview time with the clinician. The other half ($250) is paid on the day of your interview. The report is released within 5 to 7 business days. This time is necessary due to the in-depth nature of the report.

At Inner Wellness Counseling Center, PLLC, the entire psychosocial evaluation for immigration process  can be conducted in English or in Spanish (with the exception of the final report that must be in English to be accepted by the immigration courts). Our report is not a simple letter; it is a complex statement related to important factors that are taken into account by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This review is composed of about 8 to 10 pages.

On the day of your appointment, you are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes early, so the collection of pre-interview data can take place. If you prefer, you can come twice: one time to have the data collected and the other time for the interview. In this case, please speak to the intake coordinator to arrange the time when you call for your appointment. We also work collaboratively with your attorney (if a Consent to Release Information is signed) to meet you or your family’s needs in this difficult time.

Give us a call. Using immigration evaluation services may be a crucial life-step!