What is the goal of a clinical evaluation for a VAWA waiver?

Immigration Clinical Evaluations provide information to immigration courts about whether an individual will be able to remain lawfully in the United States. A discussion with your attorney is the first step in the immigration evaluation process. As soon as your attorney suggests that you and/or other family members (e.g., a child, spouse) undergo a clinical evaluation, I will speak to your attorney to gather information pertinent to your case and its specific legal issues.


In these cases, it is important for the therapist to evaluate the scope and nature of the abuse, the practical ramifications, and the emotional impact that the abuse has had on you. In the safety of the evaluation process, you can talk about the painful ordeal and its adverse impact on your life and your emotional well-being. Psychiatric evaluations are conducted to assess the psychological damage resulting from a specific domestic violence circumstance. This process can be of tremendous help in empowering the victims and promote the healing process far beyond the resolution of their immigration case. Within the safety of the evaluation process, you can discuss the painful ordeal and its adverse impact on your life and your emotional wellbeing. This process has often proved extremely beneficial in empowering the victims and assisting them in the healing process long after their immigration case has been resolved.

Despite the name VAWA, which stands for Violence Against Women Act, VAWA helps men, women, and children who are the victims of domestic abuse equally. Therefore, this petition recognizes that men can also become victims of domestic violence and should also be helped.

Families and children who file this petition have no proper immigration status and are either married to a U.S. citizen or resident who is the abuser or have a filial relationship with the abuser. Parents who have been abused by a U.S. citizen child can also apply.