Immigration Evaluations

Life presents us with many challenges to overcome. The decision to leave your homeland and set-up a new life takes courage, hard work and a strong desire to seek out opportunities for your family.  Yet, some people are forced to leave their country because of war, persecution, lack of resources, poverty or human rights violations. Others chose to leave for better work opportunities, school, safety or to raise the stand of living.          

Unfortunately, staying in United States has become harder for many families because Immigration services has stepped up their enforcement and deportations. As a result many families are being ripped apart. Mothers or fathers are being deported or denied retry into the U.S.  The emotional effects can be devastating like depression, stress, heartache, and lots of anxiety for all family members.

There are many hoops to jump through to obtain legal status to remain or return to U.S.. I want to be able to help support you through this process. I can help you by conducting the mental health evaluation (Hardship, Asylum, Domestic Violence).  I am dedicated to making the report comprehensive; including testing. I have a quick turnaround time, usually within two weeks. I have been working with immigrants since I was age 14 in some capacity of another.  I have a years worth of experience writing evaluation, and have worked clinically with the immigrant population for the past 14 years.   I keenly understand the intricacies of immigrant situations, and what a judge is looking for in an immigration evaluation.  I have been helping people heal from trauma for the past 12 years, and have good insight into how depression and anxiety manifest.

Evaluations Include

Meeting face to face or tele-health to cover all of the following:
  • A thorough biopsychosocial history.
  • Behavioral observations and interpretations.
  • Clinical assessment, interpretation of symptoms, and DSM 5 diagnoses.
  • Administration of validated symptom screening tools and severity measures to support clinical diagnoses.
  • Culturally sensitive de-stigmatization of symptoms and referrals for ongoing treatment, as indicated. 

Currently I offer:
  • In-person Evaluations in and around the Colorado Springs and Denver, CO area. 
  • Virtual/Online Evaluations for any CO resident (with stable internet access and a computer or a smartphone with a camera)

Fees:

Trauma Evaluations (U Visa, T Visa, Asylum, & VAWA Petitions):
$1,200 

Hardship Evaluations (I-601 & I-601a Waivers)
$1,200 +$100 for every family member who needs to be interviewed and included on the report.  

Payment plans are available.  Half of the payment is expected the initial session. 


Reports are completed and submitted to referring immigration attorney within two weeks of evaluation date (subject to full payment)

Trauma Evals (U-Visa, VAWA, and Asylum)

Trauma Evaluations take a deep look into the impact that the trauma in question has had on a client's overall mental health as well as their overall functioning. The report clearly states client's current mental state and includes clinical diagnoses.

Many clients have a long, intense history of trauma. I deeply understand the complexity of exposure to chronic stress and the cumulative psychological impact over time.  I will document well the impact this has had on you from many facets with credible research. 

I will consult with your attorney to understand the needs of your case. 

Hardship Evaluations

Hardship Evaluations are complex,  I assess the diverse ways one may be impacted by a loved one's inadmissibility.

Multiple areas of life are explored and assessed:  Physical Health, Mental Health, Work & Finances, Education, Personal Considerations, Special Factors, Collateral Information (support from teachers, counselors, other family members) among others. Each of these areas of potential hardship is assessed from both 1) the perspective of the resident/citizen remaining in the US without their spouse or family member and 2) the perspective of the resident/citizen leaving the US with their spouse or family member.  I will consult with your attorney to understand the needs of your case.