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Immigration Psychological Evaluation

The Green Room Psychological Services Inc.

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center & Psychologists located in San Diego, CA & Austin, TX

The process of immigrating to the United States can be lengthy and stressful. At The Green Room, we are dedicated to help individuals and families to navigate the immigration process and provide the professional help they need. An immigration evaluation can support your immigration case immensely. Feel free to  contact us and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Immigration Evaluation Q & A

What is an immigration psychological evaluation?

The immigration process can be long. Sometimes, psychological evaluations are necessary or requested by the USCIS as part of an immigration case along the way. The results of these evaluations help the USCIS agents or the U.S immigration court to rule on a case. This process can be confusing, especially if you’re new to the country and aren’t fluent in English.

Our clinical tream at The Green Room Psychological Services has over 10 years of experience working in the immigration field. Members of our staff are fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Farsi, and Arabic. We know that immigraiton cases are often time-sensitive, so we make every effort to get you scheduled within a week and submit the results of your report within two weeks after your initial evaluation. 

When do I need an immigration evaluation?

There are several instances in which the U.S immigration court or the UCSIS may require you to get an immigration psychological evaluation done before they can make a final decision on your case. Proceedings that require these evaluations include:

Medical Exemption Certificate for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648)

The N-648 form allows you to be medically exempt from taking the U.S. citizenship exam, which includes passing the English exam, as well as U.S history and civic exam. As part of this evaluation, a medical doctor or a licensed clinical psychologist needs to certify that due to certain medical or psychological disability, the applicant is unable to take the U.S. citizenship exam. If approved, the applicant could become a U.S. citizenship and proceed with taking the oath ceremoney without hacing to take the exam. Some of the psychological conditions that could potentially cause medical disability for an applicant includes major depression, PTSD, cognitive disorder, memory issues, mental retardation, head truama, and the like. 

Hardship

If you’re new to the country and were convicted of a crime, you may be allowed to cancel your impending deportation by proving that your removal would cause extreme hardship to your family. In some cases, you can prove that being deported would cause extreme hardship for yourself, too.

Asylum

You can be granted asylum in the United States if your race, religion, nationality, or political views cause you to be persecuted in your home country, or if you went through an extreme hardship there. Psychological evaluations provide the court with evidence of your hardship or persecution.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

If you’re the battered spouse or child of a United States citizen and want to gain citizenship for yourself, VAWA allows you to apply without your abuser knowing. The evaluation provides evidence for the court.

What happens at an immigration evaluation?

During the initial appointment, the clinician will walk you through each step of your evaluation to make the process as easy as possible. The evaluator would inquier about your family history, medical hisotry, psychological history, work history, and such. You may also be asked to take a number of psychological tests including neurocognitive test, depression and anxiety inventory tests, PTSD check lists, or partner violence surveys.