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Immigration Evaluations

A psychological immigration evaluation, also known as a hardship evaluation, is a mental health assessment that helps determine your eligibility for immigration. The evaluation assesses your background and circumstances including your family history, trauma history, and your mental health. The evaluation report explains your mental health status with regard to your immigration case and can be a helpful addition to your immigration petition.

WHY WOULD I NEED A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION?

Immigration laws place the burden of proof on the applicants to prove psychological distress in cases of Extreme Hardship Waivers (I-601) or Cancellation of Removal (42-B) petitions.

Immigration applicants who are experiencing potential separation from their homes and families in the US can benefit from a psychological assessment or expert testimony from a mental health expert.

A psychological evaluation of how such a separation would affect the mental health of the applicant or their family members helps to demonstrate the level of hardship you and your family might be experiencing during the immigration process.

WHO CAN PREFORM IMMIGRATION PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS?

These types of reports are very specific in terms of their goals and what they need to address. Therefore, only a mental health professional who is trained in a familiar with immigration evaluations can provide these services.

If your attorney has recommended a psychological evaluation, please contact Sukoon Therapy to learn about our services.

WHAT TYPES OF EVALUATIONS DO YOU PROVIDE?

Sukoon Therapy currently offers evaluations in the following types of immigration proceedings:

  • Extreme Hardship Waivers (I-601 or I-212)
  • Provisional Waivers (I-601A)
  • Cancellation of Removal (42-B)

WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY REPORT?

It is important that you feel safe and comfortable during your evaluation. Your evaluation and its results are confidential and will be shared only with your attorney. We work in collaboration with your trusted attorney to help them best serve your needs.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AND AFTER AN EVALUATION?

A typical evaluation can take 2-3 hours to complete. You would start the appointment with a series of questionnaires to assess your current symptoms. This will be followed by a detailed one on one interview. The results of the questionnaires are scored and interpreted and all of this is integrated into a narrative report that will be shared confidentially with your attorney, who can submit it as part of your immigration application.

While we usually attempt to complete the entire evaluation in one session, there are times you may need to split the evaluation into multiple sessions due to time constraints or other factors. We will work with you to make this process as convenient as possible. Please share any time related concerns you may have when we schedule your evaluation so that we can accommodate your needs.

HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST?

The evaluation has a flat fee of $1500 and includes the final report along with any communication with your attorney that may become necessary.

Please be aware that the fees for this evaluation are not included in the legal fees you may have submitted to your attorney. This is a separate cost that will be paid directly to Sukoon Therapy, LLC.

Any court appearances that are either requested or required of the evaluating therapist will incur a separate cost which will be dependent upon the time and distance involved in the court appearance.

Evaluate The Immigration Process 

Sukoon Therapy currently offers evaluations in the following types of immigration proceedings:

01

Extreme Hardship Waivers

(I-601 or I-212)

02

Provisional Waivers

(I-601-A)

03

Cancellation of Removal

(42-B)

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