Immigration Services

Citizenship Exam Waiver (N-648)

Medical certification for disability exception: Individuals who suffer some types of disabilities/impairments may seek exception for the English and Civics requirements for naturalization. Psychological evaluations explore the ways in which the “physical or developmental disability or mental impairment” hinders the person’s memory, attention, concentration, and/or ability to learn. Objective psychological tests are used to measure…

Personal Injury Evaluations

PERSONAL INJURY EVALUATIONS

Psychological personal injury evaluations are conducted to assess whether an event or its consequences have caused psychological or emotional injury.  When there is injury, the forensic expert documents the nature and severity of the harm caused.  When warranted, the forensic psychologist (expert witness) documents the absence of injuries and/or documents any malingering, deception, or exaggeration…

Waiver of Jurisdiction

Waiver of jurisdiction refers to the certification and transfer of a juvenile to adult court.  A diagnostic study or psychological evaluation of the Defendant is conducted by a Forensic psychologist (expert witness) or Forensic Psychiatrist.  However, the evaluations often require the administration of psychological tests of personality, intelligence, adaptive ability, and academic achievement.  Depending on…

Presentence Reports

Federal and State courts allow for psychological evaluations to inform the presentencing stage of some court proceedings.  The goal of the presentence psychological report is to provide the additional information the court needs before determining a sentence.  The psychological evaluation is a means of gaining insight into factors such as the defendant’s history and his…

Sanity Evaluations

Sanity Evaluations explore a defendant’s mental state at the time of the alleged offense.  An Insanity Defense is an affirmative defense whereby the defendant acknowledges having engaged in the offense, but argues lack of responsibility due to mental disease or defect.  Depending on the jurisdiction, an Insanity Defense implies a plea of Not Guilty by…

Competency to Stand Trial

Competency to Stand Trial is most simply defined as the defendant’s ability to understand and participate in the court proceedings.  Depending on the jurisdiction, Competency to Stand Trial may also be referred to as Competence To Stand Trial, Competence To Proceed, or Fitness to Proceed (juvenile court).  Competency to Stand trial is necessary to ensure…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for Political Asylum

Political Asylum Psychological Evaluations serve to document the impact of mistreatment, abuse, or persecution inflicted in a foreign country. The emotional impact may include the development of formal mental health disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The psychological evaluation includes a clinical interview and testing of the immigrant applying for…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for VAWA

Spousal Abuse Psychological Evaluations are performed on the spouse of a United States citizen or legal resident who has endured domestic violence. The battered spouse often experiences emotional and sexual abuse.  Psychological evaluations supplement the 601 waiver application by documenting the nature, severity, and frequency of the abuse.  The psychological evaluations also document the consequences…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for U Visa Application

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is given to victims of some types of crimes.  The u visa applicant must have suffered mental of physical abuse.  In addition the u visa applicant must have helped law enforcement in the prosecution of the perpetrator. The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is part of the Victims of…

Forensic Psychological Evaluation for Citizenship Examination Waiver

Psychological evaluations are performed explore possible reason to o supplement a request for Citizenship Examination Waiver.  A legal resident of the United States may lack the skills or capacities needed to pass citizenship examinations such as the civics and English proficiency tests. Impairments in memory, head injuries, dementia (e.g., Alzheimer), illiteracy, and learning disabilities may…