A clinical immigration evaluation is a psychological assessment that is used to help an immigration judge determine whether an individual may remain in the United States. They are used in three major areas of immigration proceedings:
Political Asylum Cases:
Applicants for political asylum may be granted the right to remain in the United States if they have been persecuted or fear persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence (VAWA) Cases:
The VAWA immigration provisions is a means for battered and abused spouses (and certain parents and children) to obtain legal residency without the cooperation of the U.S. citizen of permanent resident relative who is abusing them. Despite being called the Violence Against Women Act, men and women may both self-petition.
Extreme Hardship Cases:
In Extreme Hardship cases, a U.S. citizen or a U.S. legal permanent resident is the loved one – child, parent, spouse, or fiancée – of an individual who is at risk of deportation. This U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident applies for a waiver on the basis that a removal of this loved one would result in extreme hardship (including financial hardship, medical hardship, and psychological hardship).