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What is an Immigration Psychological Evaluation?

An immigration psychological evaluation is a written clinical report aimed at supporting an immigration case by demonstrating hardship in the areas of personal life, family life, physical and mental health, and overall wellness. Information is gathered through multiple interviews between the therapist and the applicant. Immigration psychological evaluations can be supportive to USCIS applications specific to:


Designated for applicants who were victims of certain crimes and suffered mental or physical abuse. Applicant must be helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.


Designated for nonimmigrant status who were victims of severe forms of trafficking and have been helpful to law enforcement in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of human trafficking.

Extreme Hardship

Designated for an applicant experiencing extreme hardship due to potential separation or relocation of thenon-citizen immigrant.


Violence Against Women Act is designated for an applicant who has experienced abuse from a US citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or son or daughter.


Designated for applicants who suffered persecution or fear of potential persecution due
to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Why is having an immigration psychological evaluation beneficial?

Including a psychological evaluation with your immigration application has the potential of increasing the value of your case. Traumatic experiences leave behind invisible scars that can be overlooked through the process of immigration. This report can provide detail of your immigrant experience and can provide a comprehensive description of the impact separation or deportation has had on various aspects of your life.

What can I expect from this process?

This process will require two to three 60-90 minute interviews where the different aspects of your life that are impacted by separation or deportation will be discussed in order to complete the written report. These topics will include, but are not limited to traumatic experiences, mental health history, medical history, finances, spiritual or religious experiences, education and employment history, and any other current issues. Once the interviews are complete, a clinical report will be
compiled with the information gathered from the assessment process. The interviews will be conducted virtually/online and the report writing can take 2-4 weeks to complete. Two written reports will be provided. Please keep in mind that collaboration with your attorney will be required. Contact your attorney to discuss the impact of including a psychological evaluation to your case. For inquiries, attorneys can contact Tabetha Garcia at (909) 452-1367 or

What is the cost?

The cost of this service is $1,100 which includes the two to three 60-90 minute sessions and the two written reports. Limited sliding scale slots are available based on income. Additional cost may apply for an expedited report, interpreter services, or any other request.


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