For Difficult Immigration Cases
The Immigration and Mental Health Program at the Center of Inner Transformations provides exceptional detailed clinical reports for immigration cases including asylum, U-Visa, T-Visa, domestic violence (VAWA) and petitions for extreme hardship waivers. Over the years, we have conducted these specialized mental health evaluations and have provided clinical reporting with very high rates of success.
Our Immigration Evaluations Include:
– A thorough bio-psycho-social history assessment
– Behavioral observations and interpretations
– Clinical assessment, interpretation of symptoms, and DSM 5 diagnoses.
– Administration of psycho-metric screening tools and assessment tools to support clinical diagnoses
– Culturally sensitive de-stigmatization of symptoms and referrals for ongoing treatment, as indicated.
At the Center of Inner Transformations, we pride ourselves on being skilled, thorough, and compassionate skilled clinical therapists.
All of our contracted clinicians are:
- Fully licensed in the State of New Jersey
- Family members of immigrants who have experienced their own immigration challenges
- Trauma-trained and Trauma-informed
- Experienced in addressing the unique cultural needs of immigrant, LGBTQ, and transcultural individuals and families.
- Cultural competent to understand and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and different countries.
Currently we offer:
- Virtual/Online Evaluations (Tele-mental health video session offered on a confidential, HIPAA platform) and electronic records system that our clients can access from their smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort and privacy of their home.
- In-person evaluations at our Main office in New Jersey.
Call to schedule an appointment or for a Free Consultation: (732) 508-0052
WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION?
- ❏A mental health evaluation is a conversation with a licensed mental health professional. We will talk about your history (where you come from, how and why you came to this country, and what your life is like now) as well as the state of your mental and emotional health as it relates to the reason for your immigration petition. We are REAL PEOPLE WHO CARE. So expect compassion, patience and all the support you need as we help you tell us more about you and what your going through.
- ❏The Immigration and Mental Health Evaluation process itself can last anywhere between 2-4 hours. Additional collateral interview sessions via audio, video or in person may be needed.
- ❏A comprehensive report, anywhere from 15-25 pages is written to summarize the evaluation, findings and recommendations based on the specific needs of the individuals case, which will be included in your petition.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
- ❏Call the number above to for a consultation and schedule an appointment with one of our licensed mental health professionals.
- ❏You will be asked to electronically sign the required forms including consents, disclosures and questionnaires before your evaluation.
- ❏A comprehensive report will be mailed directly to your attorney, your advocate, representation or yourself in about two-three weeks after your evaluation. (Additional fees are required for expedited services)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME or WHAT DO I NEED?
- ❏If possible, a copy of your legal declaration (you can request this from your attorney)
- ❏It helps if you have some basic dates on hand, such as: the year you immigrated to the US and any other significant dates related to the reason for your immigration petition. If you have a copy of a police report, it could be helpful, but it is not necessary.
- ❏A valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- ❏The fee for the evaluation (see below)
- ❏Honesty and Openness about your true feelings and experiences
The cost of this process is $950 – this includes the complete evaluation and the finalized written report after 2-3 weeks of from the PAID evaluation.
If you require a payment plan, please discuss this during your initial phone call. (50% is required as a initial deposit for payment plans. Please discuss if you present special circumstances)
If your report must be completed in less than 2 weeks, there is an additional $250 rush fee for 7-day turnaround or $500 for 3-day.
HOW CAN I PAY?
You may choose to pay the fee with cash, money order or credit/debit card (Additional 4% card swipe charge)
For immigration evaluations, there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you 1) cancel or reschedule with less than 48-hours notice, 2) arrive more than 20 minutes late for your scheduled appointment (considered a no-show), or 3) do not attend your scheduled appointment, you will be charged a no show fee equal to the amount of the lossed time in services which could be up to 50% of the evaluation. (There will be four hours that will be set aside for your appointment and it is not always possible to fill that time with short notice.)
WHY ARE EXTREME HARDSHIP IMMIGRATION EVALUATIONS SO IMPORTANT?
In removal proceedings, a psychological evaluation can be an instrumental tool in demonstrating that the removal of an immigrant would cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or resident family member. A thorough bio-psycho-social report can document a family member’s need for emotional support, caretaking, and/or financial assistance. It can also be critical in predicting the impact of separation on the family member’s social and emotional functioning—for instance, the likelihood of severe psychiatric decompensation.
If you’re applying for an i-601a waiver, or if you have received a request for more evidence in support of your application, a psychological evaluation could be crucial to demonstrate the hardship your family would face amid a traumatic separation from a family member. A psychological evaluation can also help in instances in which a spouse or family member currently resides in another country (i.e., currently separated) and is deemed inadmissible to the United States (i-601 waiver). Contact me for a psychological evaluation in support of your i-601a or i-601 waiver.
What is the interview process like?
The in-person evaluation typically lasts two to four hours and involves an in-depth clinical interview and psychological testing. You will be given a variety psycho-metric assessments to evaluate your mental health symptoms prior to you entering the evaluators office. You then will be engaged in the comprehensive bio-psycho-social interview to gather information relevant to supporting your immigration case.
All of our evaluations are comprehensive and are tailored to the needs of the client. We consider all your attorney’s recommendation and our aim is to assist you with providing a compelling and detailed written report.
Can you work through an interpreter?
Yes, I work with interpreters regularly. Please note: clients are responsible for finding and bringing an interpreter to the appointment. We can also provide assistance with getting an interpretor with your consent via telephone or video. The client would be fully responsible for the cost of any interpreters that may be used during the time of our service.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?
In most cases, no. However, there may be instances in which obtaining a copy of your medical or legal records would be helpful. We can discuss this at the time of the evaluation.
How much do you charge for evaluations?
I charge $950 for evaluations. This includes a clinical interview, records review, and a comprehensive hand typed 15-25 page report that I send to your attorney or representative (or to you directly if not represented by an attorney.)
Additionally, I may be available for your court hearings as an expert witness at the hourly rate of $275. This would include any testimonies provided at immigration court.
Do I have to pay the full amount at the time of the appointment?
I require a minimum payment of $500 at the time of the appointment. You can pay the remainder at a later date but the report will not be developed and sent to your attorney or any related parties until full payment has been rendered.
I will not send the report to the attorney (or to you) until you have paid in full.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash and credit card only. There is an additional 3.5% processing fee for all credit card payments.
What is the report like?
After the interview, I write a comprehensive (15 to 20 pages) report outlining your personal (family, educational, medical, etc.) history and any mental health diagnoses. All reports include a summary paragraph where I answer the legal question specific to the case. I may also request and include medical or legal records that are relevant to your case.
How quickly will you have the report ready after our appointment?
I typically send reports to attorneys (or directly to clients, where applicable) within two to maximum three weeks after meeting with the client.
How will a psychological evaluation help?
The answer to this question differs depending on the type of case (i.e. hardship vs. U visa vs. asylum.) However, the general purpose of a mental health evaluation for immigration court is to document any mental health conditions or diagnoses and to describe, from a psychosocial perspective, how potential deportation would impact a client and their family. A mental health evaluation can also help address discrepancies in a client’s report of personal history or clinical presentation, for example, by citing research regarding memory and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Research studies have demonstrated the utility of psychological evaluations in immigration cases. For example, in a study of asylum seekers, 89% of those who received a medical evaluation from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) were granted asylum, versus the national average of 37.5% of US asylum seekers who did not receive PHR evaluations.