Some immigrants who have been the victims of serious crimes may be eligible for U Visas.
When applying for U Visas, psychological evaluations are used to assist in documenting the substantial physical or mental abuse suffered after being the victim of a serious crime. The U Visa applicant may have endured serious crimes such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Rape, Female Genital Mutilation, or Kidnapping.
An immigration attorney may request a psychological evaluation to assess the client’s mental state and assess the mental health consequences resulting from exposure to the crime.
Psychological evaluations include clinical interviews and psychological testing. The psychological report includes a description of the client’s symptoms and diagnoses, which may include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression.