Tag Archive for Immigration

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…

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…

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 Hardship or Waiver Applications

Hardship psychological evaluations are conducted when a citizen or resident of the United States (Applicant) applies for an immigration waiver, if the deportation of a relative causes extreme and exceptional hardship.  A psychological evaluation explores and documents the impact of the immigration problems, which may include mental health diagnoses, impaired work and social functioning, and…

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…

Assessing Mental Competence In Immigration Proceedings

In this narrative the forensic psychologist will try to explain the difference between psychological evaluations done to assess competence in immigration proceedings and competence in criminal proceedings.  the narrative will also describe what the respondent alien may need to possess in terms of decisional competence to appear before immigration court.  there will be some discussion…

Same Sex Couples Hardship Waivers

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…

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows some victims of spousal abuse or domestic violence to attain lawful immigration status without the spouse’s petition. An immigration attorney may request a psychological evaluation to assess the client’s current mental state and assess the emotional impact of the abuse endured. Psychological evaluations may be used to document…