IMMIGRATION PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

You might find yourself on this page because your attorney recommended you obtain a psychological immigration report from a professional who conducts these evaluations. In a nutshell, psychological immigration evaluations are psychological assessments that are used to help immigration courts determine whether or not an individual or family will be able to lawfully remain in the United States based on specific factors and circumstances.

 

A large part of my practice involves providing these immigration psychological evaluations. Specifically, I provide assessments for the following immigration issues:

 

  • Asylum

  • Extreme hardship waivers

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Victims of Crime (or U-Visa)
     

In my experience, these psychological evaluations could be the components in your case that make the biggest difference, as these evaluations can add remarkable value to your immigration cases. Since my assessments are very in-depth, they could be used effectively by your attorney to support your case to move forward in your immigration proceedings.

 

My goal is to provide you with a safe space to be able to discuss such difficult subjects, which will also help me accurately and comprehensively capture your unique circumstances in relation to your immigration cases.

 

My immigration psychological assessments include:

 

  • ​In-depth interviews spanning an average of 3 hours (over two appointments)

  • Comprehensive personal, familial, and social histories

  • Comprehensive educational and occupational histories

  • Comprehensive medical and medication histories

  • Comprehensive mental health, psychiatric, and/or trauma histories, where applicable

  • Mental Status Exam (MSE)

  • Behavioral observations and interpretations

  • Current mental health struggles and/or symptoms

  • Assignment of mental health diagnoses, where applicable

  • Applicable evidence-based psychological research

  • Tests for malingering

  • Highly standardized, objective, and valid psychological measures

  • Professional, realistic predictions based on risk and protective factors

  • Incorporation of applicable medical records from outside physicians, mental health professionals​, etc.

  • Professional recommendations based on psychological assessment

  • Other specific factors related to immigration cases (e.g., survivor of violent crimes for U-Visa, religious persecution for asylum cases, etc.)

*Depending on your native language, you may bring an interpreter of your choice to the interviews*

 

Once all the necessary information is collected, I will write the report and send it your attorney within 21 business days following the second interview session. I also offer options for rush reports, with appropriate rush fees.

 

I work with immigration lawyers throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, and I have worked extensively with clients from different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and countries of origin; including, but not limited to, the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and South America.

© 2020 by Gabriella Azzam, Psy.D. 

Serving: West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood, West Hollywood, Westwood, Venice, Culver City, & Santa Monica.