U VISA: The U Visa is requested by victims of certain qualifying crimes if the victim has assisted or is currently assisting law enforcement with their investigation or prosecution of the crime in some manner. In some circumstances, the individual who obtains the U Visa may be provided lawful permanent resident status in the United States. Although a number of things will need to be proven as a part of this case, an important component is determining whether there is substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity. We provide thorough evaluations to determine whether such mental harm has occurred, whether the harm is the result of the crime, the nature of the harm, the severity of the harm, the extent of the harm, and the duration of the harm. Our assessments are comprehensive and consider psychological functioning and symptoms from a culturally sensitive perspective. Both English and Spanish language testing is available.
Hardship: Hardship evaluations focus on the "extreme hardship" that a US citizen or legal resident of the United States would experience in the event of the deportation of a family member or spouse. We offer comprehensive evaluations of hardship that consider the multitude of relevant factors for hardship including thorough consideration of psychiatric diagnosis.
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act): VAWA was passed in 1994 to allow for a self-petition for legal residence in the United States in cases in which the immigrant is harmed by an abuser. This is intended to allow victims to leave those abusive relationships more easily. The victim can petition for permanent residence without the abuser's knowledge or consent. Evaluations for this act are typically focused primarily on establishing the nature, cause, and extent of psychological harm experienced as a part of that abusive relationship with a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. Despite the name of the act, both men and women are eligible.
Citizenship Exam Waiver (N-648): Individuals applying for US citizenship ordinarily must pass the English and civics testing requirements. However, due to physical or developmental disability or mental impairment, some individuals are unable to do so. Such individuals may qualify for a waiver. This waiver allows them to become a citizen without needing to take the test. We offer the needed psychological evaluations for these cases, particularly focusing on the cognitive, intellectual, and neuropsychological aspects that often cause the impairments that qualify for a waiver.