Leaving a country that you have called home for almost all your life is a difficult process, and everyone would accept it to some degree, if not completely. All the personal losses, leaving friends and even families behind, settling in a new and alien place, with no to a only a few friends can all cause a wide variety of psychological impact on an individual, and this can prove to be a traumatic experience for the entire community related to that person.
Believing that one can completely avoid such situations is a hoax, as it can not be done. However, there are ways and professionals who are willing to help you make this experience a better one, one which is less daunting and painful. In such situations and conditions, a psychological evaluation can prove to be a potent tool to understand the root cause(s) of the grief and help you understand and overcome it.
An immigration psychological evaluation is done by professionals to understand why you are feeling a certain way, and is beneficial to help you. But is it actually needed? Well, to find out the answer to that, you should consider reading the following article till the very end, as it would try to answer this and a few other important question:
Why A Psychological Evaluation?
Psychological evaluation plays an important role in understanding how and why a person is experiencing certain emotion(s). Most of the time, the results of these evaluations are a gateway into the minds of the subjects, and are beneficial for them, and everyone around them as well.
An immigration psychological evaluation consists of behavioral and emotional tests, and these screenings are administered by a certified and registered practitioner, usually a psychologist or a psychiatrist. It is used to assess the subject’s story better. The practitioner gets a better understanding of the background, whereabouts and where they are coming from, and gives them a better chance at analyzing the situation. It also helps the subjects to stay in the nation.
What Does An Immigration Psychological Evaluation Look Like?
This immigration psychological evaluation would have a few steps in the entire procedure which can last to a few days, which could take a few more to get your results and analysis ready.
First would be a series of questions that you would be subjected to, with a variety of topics to help the reader understand the various levels of psychological trauma and situationships you might be facing.
This questioning round is then followed by an interview with you, your family and, sometimes, close friends. This could include your lifestyle, your dependent family members, your average income and expenditure, the medical conditions and ailments of the various members of the family etc. All of this information is crucial in understanding what exactly is going inside the mind of a person.
Then all the data is brought together and compiled, and your attorney is also contacted and discussed with, just to make some edits wherever necessary.
Your results are then sent within a week’s time, or as discussed during your meeting with the interviewer.
A Few Cases When An Evaluation Is Actually Needed
When it is a no brainer that whilst applying for the citizenship of any nation, you are sometimes subjected to undergo the psychological evaluation to estimate how mentally fit you are and serves as the basis of a qualifying criteria. This is quite common in the USA, and there are many reasons and cases where your attorney might suggest you should prepare yourself to get one.
1. Extreme Hardships
Under extreme hardships and situations, you might consider getting a psychological evaluation as a strong backing document in court. Usually, the loss of a job that would deeply impact the whole family, rather than just the individual, is usually considered as one of the hardships in which the judge can reconsider you and your family’s deportation.
Other situations include aging parents and unsafe travels. You just have to be honest in your words and argument, and do not try to misguide the jury.
VAWA, or Violence Against Women’s Act, is another method that was devised to safeguard the women of America. If a woman of foreign national marries an US citizen, and is subjected to domestic violence and abuse, then she might be eligible and entitled to apply for permanent citizenship. This way, the victim can start a new life in the nation, without the fears of being evicted out any day.
A psychological evaluation would be helpful to understand and provide the detailed context of the degree of abuse of any kind – verbal, physical and mental – and the relation she shared with her husband.
3. U Visa
When a undocumented person has been living in the States, they can appeal in front of the jury for a waiver, stating they qualify for a U Visa. A U Visa is typically given to those undocumented people who have been subjected to extreme trauma and life altering crimes, such as kidnapping and sexual abuse. An evaluation would help the jury understand better about the conditions they had to face, and the PTSD they might suffer from. And they must be willing to help the authorities to get to these men and mafia.
4. T Visa
Similar to U Visa, but a bit more serious, this T Visa is given to those individuals who were trafficked into the country. Even though the reports and authorities suggest and claim that trafficking has been reduced to its lowest points ever, it has not completely stopped. And, sadly, this is increasing every year now. Many young kids and adults are trafficked into the country without their consent for some money.
Applicants applying for a T Visa would have to make the jury believe that they had endured the most difficult time of their lives whilst being moved, and a psychological evaluation would be beneficial. It would allow the jury and the court to understand the various degree of abuse and assault the applicant might have to face, and would also help to understand the deep life altering scars they now have to carry forever.
On an average, almost 14 percent of the total population of the USA is immigrant. These people are the very backbone of the nation, as they form the major working class. It must never be forgotten why they left their lands, and should never be judged or mistreated because of the same.