After the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same sex couples may use psychological evaluations to help demonstrate the spouse is the primary caregiver of a U.S. Citizen and help demonstrate the adverse effects of deportation on the American citizen. As a whole, psychological evaluations assist in establishing the hardships caused when the spouse of an American gay or lesbian is deported.
These hardships may include mental health complications, medical problems, impaired work and social functioning, and financial difficulties.
When appropriate, the psychological evaluation documents the hardships that impair the applicant’s ability to move to another country. It also documents the hardships that impair the applicant’s ability to stay in the USA without the foreigner.