Psychosocial Evaluations

At Balance Behavioral Health, we specialized in completing psychosocial evaluations for immigration cases. We specialize in Extreme Hardship Waivers, VAWA, Asylum, Cancellation of Removals and U & T visas. We work closely with attorneys and their clients to provide a thorough and efficient evaluation process in a safe and compassionate environment.

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Types of Evaluations

  • Extreme Hardship Waivers
  • Asylum
  • VAWA
  • U-Visas
  • T-Visas

Extreme Hardship Cases

In Extreme Hardship cases, a U.S. citizen or a U.S. legal permanent resident is the loved one – child, parent, spouse, or fiancée – of an individual who is at risk of deportation. This U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident applies for a waiver on the basis that the removal of this loved one would result in extreme hardship (including financial hardship, medical hardship, and psychological hardship).

Political Asylum Cases

Applicants for political asylum may be granted the right to remain in the United States if they have been persecuted or fear persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence (VAWA) Cases

The VAWA immigration provisions are a means for battered and abused spouses (and certain parents and children) to obtain legal residency without the cooperation of the U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative abusing them. Despite being called the Violence Against Women Act, men and women may self-petition.

U-Visa Cases

The  U-Visa immigration provisions are a means for a victim of crimes committed in the USA to obtain legal residency upon collaboration with law enforcement. An attorney may refer the client to complete a clinical evaluation with a mental health professional to determine the psychological effects experienced as a result of the event. This type of evaluation focused on evaluating and explaining the psychological impact of a crime victim has experienced. 

T-Visa Cases

The  T-Visa immigration provisions are a means for a victim of human trafficking to obtain legal residency. An attorney may refer the client to complete a clinical evaluation with a mental health professional to determine the psychological effects experienced from this experience. This type of evaluation focused on evaluating and explaining the psychological that a victim of a crime has experienced.   

All evaluations include:

  • in-person or video interview 
  • client demographic information
  • mental status,
  • personal history
  • education and employment history
  • marriage and family life
  • physical and mental health
  • use of questionaries to access: 
    • current symptoms 
    • effect of trauma, depression, anxiety, parental issues, learning disabilities, and cognitive impairments. 
  • test results
  • mental diagnosis if applicable
  • impact of relocation
  • summary and clinical conclusions
  • treatment needs

Attorneys can expect an official evaluation report within 2 weeks after their client’s clinical interview. 

Psychosocial Evaluations can change the outcome of a case.

Recent developments in the field of psychological evaluations for immigration cases has shown that having a psychological evaluation can increase an asylum applicant’s chances of approval by 78%. Read the full piece at  https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/pii/S1752928X21001578

Although a psychosocial evaluation for immigration cases can seem like a significant investment, the carefully detailed report adds intense value to the case. The report ranges from 15-25 pages and addresses important questions for your case. If you are a potential client, ask your attorney how important these are. If you are an attorney, you already know!

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Surgey Figueroa | Balanced Behavioral Health

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