The Psychological Evaluation is an evaluation carried out by a professional which determines a person’s state of mental health. In the case of immigrants, these evaluations are intended to present evidence in legal immigration cases for the obtaining of different types of visas or asylum for permanent residence in the United States.
The Psychological Evaluation is neutral, meaning that it is handled with ethics, confidentiality, honesty, objectivity, and a professional language. It takes into account that the clinical diagnosis of the evaluation and symptoms is shown as evidence in legal immigration cases.
In order to support the results of the Psychological Evaluation the Beck Depression Inventory, Post Traumatic Civil Disorder, and ACES are used and presented in the migratory cases.
Below you will find the different types of visas or asylum that require a Psychological Evaluation in order to obtain permanent residency in the United States:
The U-visa is a United States non-immigrant visa reserved for victims of crimes who have been mentally or physically abused and are willing to assist law enforcement and government authorities in the investigation or prosecution of offenders.
Asylum or refugee
A refugee is a person who can not or does not want to return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution or because the person’s life or freedom is threatened. To apply for refugee status, the applicant must be physically outside of the United States.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The VAWA allows an abused spouse, a US citizen, legal permanent resident, or an abused parent of a US citizen to apply for legal status in the United States, have employment, authorization, and access to public benefits. VAWA works with survivors of domestic violence for whom it is essential to escape violence and establish safe and independent lives.
Survivors of trafficking may be eligible to obtain legal status, an employment authorization, and a possible path to permanent residence, but this is a unique population with several aspects that require many resources.
The evaluations last between 2 hours (when a person is applying on behalf of their family member who is not yet in the US) and 4 hours (when it is with the client of interest), so it is a comprehensive evaluation, which should not be confused with an evaluation service that only says that you should go to therapy or go with a specialist for these services.
The Psychological Evaluation must be submitted for the legal process of obtaining a visa or asylum. If there is a case that requires therapy after the evaluation, the client should continue with the professional therapist.
It is important that the evaluations are carried out by experts, both for the evaluations and for the follow-up of the cases. Our team is composed of Elizabeth Sanchez, LMFT, and Yesenia Madera, LMFT .