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Immigration Services

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The Importance of a Psychological Evaluation

A psychological evaluation can be paramount in strengthening and substantiating your immigration case before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In the United States, there are laws to protect immigrants. We value integrity, and pride ourselves in putting our clients first.  We recognize that when you call us for an evaluation, you are in a difficult and vulnerable position. We work very hard to make you feel comfortable, and extend compassion and courtesy to each client. We also provide wrap around services, for those who may be in need of on-going counseling in Spanish or in English.


The evaluations will last 3 to 5 hours and is typically completed in one visit. The therapist will consult with your attorney as well as other collateral sources and review pertinent medical, mental health, legal, academic records, personal, family, current immigration status, and hardship factors.  We provide very extensive reports, and spend time talking with you and completing our evaluations. Our report require a minimum of three weeks for completion.

We provide psychological evaluations for the following types of cases:

  • Extreme Hardship Waiver (601&601A)
  • Domestic/Spousal Abuse Waiver (VAWA; I-360)
  • Political Asylum (I-589)
  • Victims of Criminal Activity (U-Visa; I-918)
  • Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (N-648)
  • Substantiation of Good Faith Marriage (I-751)

Required Paperwork Once Your Appointment Has Been Scheduled:

  1. Complete an intake packet that will include a questionnaire and a "Release of Information." This form will allow the therapist to discuss your situation with anyone that would be of use in establishing your case (attorney, physician, school teacher, etc.).  Please bring contact information for anyone with whom you would like the therapist to discuss your case with. We will also need all contact information for all family members.
  2. Write down a list of important dates such as births, engagements, marriages, separation, divorce, U.S. residency, U.S. naturalization. Please provide all marriage/divorce court records.
  3. Provide medical records for all family members including any medications all family members are currently taking.
  4. Provide school records for all the children in the family (special education, any testing, behavioral plans, etc.).
  5. Provide criminal record detailing your criminal history if applicable.
  6. Provide all immigration documents you have received from USCIS (letters, denial letters, forms).
  7. We require all client's to have legal representation prior to your evaluation. If you have not retained legal counsel yet we will provide referrals to reputable immigration attorneys.

It is important to note this is an independent evaluation conducted by Mrs. Leigh Polin. 

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