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Immigration Evaluations 

Immigration Psychological Evaluation

Those seeking refuge in the United States have often experienced significant trauma and other painful life events. Immigration court can feel overwhelming and frightening after having experienced interpersonal violence, exploitation, political oppression, or persecution. Threat of deportation or pursuing legal status in the U.S. can be an intimidating and complicated process. A Immigration Psychological Evaluation is a mental health assessment completed by licensed mental health providers to help individuals resolve their immigration status. These evaluations are largely conducted by interview although may involve administering assessment measures to help obtain additional information when needed. Immigration evaluations are an important part of each case, as they explain any mental health conditions or diagnoses, relevant history, and the long-term mental health implications related to the individual’s immigration status.


The right document can change your life. A strong immigration psychological evaluation can be a critical component for your case to immigration court, and to obtaining the documentation that you need to remain lawfully in the United States. Data shows that a psychological evaluation can be a strong piece of evidence to aid in having a favorable outcome. I work with attorneys to understand the specifics of your case and the factors unique to your situation. I will meet with you to gather information about your history and immigration status to produce a comprehensive report informed from a mental health perspective. It is important to me that you feel safe and supported throughout the evaluation process. I have an extensive background in working with individuals with histories of trauma and have received specialized training in the completion of immigration evaluations for immigration court. I would be happy to talk with you more about your specific needs and how a psychological evaluation might help support your case.​

I offer immigration psychological evaluations for the following types of cases:

  • Asylum: Individuals seeking asylum due to abuse based upon political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation

  • Cancellation of Removal: Cancellation of removal proceedings for permanent or nonpermanent residents

  • Extreme Hardship WaiversA U.S. citizen or resident applying for a waiver due to the extreme hardship for themselves or family that will be incurred due to the deportation of a family member

  • N-648 Waiver: A disability waiver requesting exception for individuals applying for U.S. citizenship from demonstrating they can speak, read, and write English, and/or pass the U.S. history and civics test due to physical or developmental disability or mental impairment

  • T-VisaVictims of human trafficking (and immediate family members) who are assisting law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of traffickers

  • U-VisaVictims of violent crimes in the U.S. who are assisting law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the criminal activity

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions individuals (men and women) who have experienced intimate partner violence by their U.S. Citizen spouse


I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in California and Ohio, and am authorized by PSYPACT to also see clients in any of the 40 PSYPACT participating states (complete list below). Although I am physically located in the greater Cleveland area, all appointments are conducted virtually. This allows for greater flexibility as I can see immigration psychological evaluation clients located anywhere in the states I serve.

PSYPACT is an interstate compact that allows psychologists to practice across state lines. Currently, PSYPACT participating states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and District of Columbia also participate in PSYPACT.

As the list of PSYPACT states continues to grow, please visit for the most up to date listing if you do not see your state listed above.


The cost for the evaluation and written report begins at $1200. Translation services and court appearances are available for an additional fee. Reports are completed within 2-3 weeks. Expedited reports are available for an additional fee.

A credit card is needed to secure the appointment. Due to the quick turnaround time for the evaluation report, fees must be paid in full at the time of service. Payment plans may be available on a case-by-case basis.


Evening and weekend appointments are available. Evaluations typically last 2-4 hours, and take place over 1-2 appointments. Rarely, a third appointment may be necessary to ensure all needed information is obtained for your report. Evaluation rates are a flat fee regardless of the number of appointments scheduled.

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