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Psychological Evaluations For

Immigration Cases

Rosa Ruales and Isabella Moreno provides psychological assessments for a wide range of immigration cases, including: asylum, extreme hardship waivers and domestic violence cases (VAWA)


What exactly is an “immigration assessment”?

An “immigration assessment” refers to a mental health (or psychological) assessment that a therapist does for an immigration case. Depending on the type of immigration case, the assessment will address various psychological aspects related to the legal needs in the case, in addition to assessing current symptoms.


Rosa Ruales


MC., LPC Licensed Professional Counselor Bilingual Therapist (English/Spanish

What do the 3 types of immigration cases entail?



Asylum cases pertain to people who have recently fled from persecution in their home country and need safety and asylum in the US. Therapists can document the person’s trauma-related symptoms, and this helps prove they’re telling the truth about what they’ve been through.



Petitions for extreme hardship waivers are generally cases pertaining to a married couple, where one spouse is a US citizen and the other is an undocumented immigrant. Therapists can assess how the US citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship if separated from their undocumented spouse and this helps keep the family together. (These cases can also pertain to a US citizen who is petitioning for their undocumented parent.)



The domestic violence (VAWA) cases pertain to an undocumented immigrant who’s been abused by their US citizen spouse. If an undocumented immigrants can prove they’ve been abused, then they can have the chance to self-petition for a green card. Therapists can document the signs of abuse and PTSD to help prove the person is telling the truth about what they’ve been through.

How quickly do reports need to be done?

Generally, there aren’t any hard deadlines and Rosa’s turnaround time is

4 - 6 weeks per assessment. 

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