What is an Extreme Hardship Waiver for Immigration?
It is a waiver that may be given to an immigrant who has been denied entry into the United States. It is set aside for cases in which the deportation or barred entry causes “extreme hardship” to the qualifying relative. The qualifying relative is a relationship that the immigrant has with a United States Citizen (USC) or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien (LPR). A qualifying relative is a spouse, parent, fiancée, son or daughter.
What type of evidence is needed to show Extreme Hardship?
- A psychological assessment from a licensed professional
- Affidavits from other family members or friends who know your family situation
- Police or other reports showing the conditions in your home country
- Medical reports and records, and the descriptions of the availability of treatment and medical care in the country you are leaving
- Other information showing the impact that separation would cause the USC or LPR and the family
How will a Psychological Assessment help my case?
The answer depends upon the type of case it is (i.e. extreme hardship, U-Visa, or asylum). The purpose of the psychological assessment is to document any diagnosis that the USC or LPR is receiving and describe how deportation and/or separation would impact the family unit. I have experience performing psychological assessments. The assessments I perform meet immigration standards.To understand more about extreme hardship waivers click on this link: “Understanding Extreme Hardship in Waivers”
How come my current therapist can’t just write a letter?
A letter from your therapist is not enough information needed for the psychological assessment. However, the letter can be added as supporting documentation. Some treating professionals have not been trained on how to write legal reports for immigration often not knowing how to adequately address the particular legal question. I have spent countless hours receiving extensive training on how to write psychological assessments. I received my training from a seasoned professional who has over 20 years of experience writing reports for immigration and is well respected in the community. I learned from the best to provide the best service.
Do you have experience working with Immigrants?
Yes…Not only does my practice include working closely with immigrants performing psychological assessments but I worked for 7 years at a nearby Community College Counseling department where I provided counseling and advising services to immigrants, their families and significant others.
Can you work through an interpreter?
Yes… if you come to my office with an interpreter, I will welcome them.
What is the process like?
Initially, I meet with you for 1 1/2 hours to obtain basic information and to conduct any psychological assessment. After completing the psychological assessment, you will asked to come to the office 3-4 additional times and meet for 1 hour each time to obtain a thorough clinical interview. I find that having you come to the office at more convenient times, will help you with scheduling and its more affordable. Once the interview process is complete a written report will be sent to your lawyer/attorney. Copies are provided to you upon request.
How much does a Psychological Assessment cost?
Depends…I try to keep the cost for the psychological evaluation reasonable, however, given the extensive and time consuming nature of the assessment. If the assessment is needed immediately, the costs may be higher. Call me so that we can discuss price.
Where will the evaluation take place?
The assessments are conducted in my office at: 1680 E. Gude Drive, suite 312, Rockville, MD 20850. If you need a psychological assessment, contact me at email@example.com or call (240) 778-9962.