The purpose of a psychological evaluation for the immigration court varies from case to case (i.e., hardship vs. U visa vs. asylum). However, the main reason is to document any mental health conditions or diagnoses and to describe, from a psychosocial point of view, how potential deportation would impact the individual and their family.
What to expect of this process?
This process typically involves forensic interviews with the individual, psychological testing, review of legal and mental health records. This is an in-depth assessment that usually lasts about two to four hours, depending on the complexity of your situation.
What to bring to the evaluation?
Many individuals have relevant medical and or school records; these may be very helpful.
What happens after the evaluation?
Following the interview and administration of psychological testing, We score your tests and analyze the results. The process also involves researching specific psychosocial factors that could affect you and your family if you were deported or not allowed in the U.S. A comprehensive report is drafted and provided to your attorney for review and approval. Once your attorney approves the report, a final one is sent to him or her. Writing a report may take four to five hours, depending on the complexity of the case.