There are various types of immigration evaluations, and I can help you understand which one applies to your unique situation. The most common are hardship waivers and cancellation of removal. The first is when you are asking for a waiver, or pardon, from immigration officials in order to remain in the United States with a family member who is either a citizen or lawful permanent resident. Cancellation of removal is similar to hardship waivers, but this is for individuals in removal (deportation) proceedings.
I also conduct evaluations for individuals seeking asylum, which is when you either have been persecuted or fear you will be persecuted in the future in your home country. VAWA/spousal abuse evaluations are specifically for those who have been abused by their U.S. citizen/lawful permanent resident spouse. U-visa evaluations are for those who have been the victim of a crime that occurred within the U.S. and cooperated with law enforcement regarding the investigation. Finally, naturalization waivers are for individuals seeking an exemption to the English language and history questions required to become a naturalized citizen.
Attorneys often refer their clients for an immigration evaluation to assist with building the strongest possible case to present to immigration officials. For hardship waivers and cancellation of removal (deportation), the focus of the evaluation is on the U.S. citizen/lawful permanent resident.
There are many times when the hardship factors uncovered during the psychological evaluation can stop impending deportations, or allow you to remain in the United States with your family. The unique part about meeting with a licensed psychologist is that I can document and explain any psychological or emotional distress related to your immigration case.
I recommend meeting for three separate sessions, which last for about 45 minutes to an hour each. Some sessions will be just with the U.S. citizen/spouse, and some will include the family member(s). If either distance or time does not allow for three meetings, we can meet either one or two times.
During our meetings, I will ask you many detailed questions about you and your family. A wide range of factors will be assessed including: mental and physical health, finances, work/school, family relationships, social support, community affiliations, and conditions in the family member’s home country.
It may seem like I am asking very specific questions, or you may not be sure of the purpose of my questions. The purpose of my questions is to present the best case we possibly can to explain why the U.S. citizen/lawful permanent resident would experience extreme hardship if they relocated to the family member’s home country, or they were to be separated from the family member. Please always feel free to ask why I need to know, or let me know if you feel uncomfortable.
At the end, I may ask you to provide some documents, which will be to make your case stronger and provide further evidence. I will produce an in-depth report with specific details about your situations. A copy of this report will be provided to your attorney and another to you.
A pre-employment evaluation is typically required for those seeking employment in law enforcement or public safety positions. The evaluation consists of the job candidate completing psychological tests, filling out forms regarding background information, and participating in an in-depth face-to-face interview. Since there really isn’t any way to prepare for the evaluation, my best suggestion is to simply be honest. At the conclusion of the evaluation, a recommendation will be sent to the hiring agency regarding whether or not you are deemed psychologically suitable for the specific position for which you are applying. This determination will be sent directly to the hiring agency and you will not be informed of the outcome directly by the psychologist.
These evaluations are also typically for individuals within the law enforcement and public safety fields. However, these evaluations can also be for a variety of other fields, and are conducted at the request of the employer. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the employee’s ability to either return to work, or modifications that must be made to continue functioning in their position. This determination is also typically sent directly to the employer.
For a complete list of prices, see the Fees section under the Getting Started tab. Please note that my fees are based on my doctoral-level training and experience, as well as the very thorough evaluation and report I complete.
I think it’s useful to view supervision as more of a hierarchical relationship, where there is essentially a student and mentor relationship. Supervisions also tends to be an ongoing, more structured process, with feedback provided to the “student” at regular intervals.
It is important to note that I use the term student in quotes because it may be a person attending a school program, or a mental health professional with a license who is in the student role to receive more training in a particular area. Regarding consultation, this tends to be on an as needed basis and typically occurs between colleagues.