Why Clinical Evaluations are Important

Are you filing for a petition or a waiver for an immigration case? Has your immigration attorney suggested a psychological or clinical evaluation as part of filing your petition? If so, you’ve come to the right place! These types of evaluations are our specialty. You may have heard of cases where some petitions have been denied or need further proof. A clinical evaluation from an experienced Houston Immigration Counselor can give you the best results you need.

Angelina Rodriguez has many years of professional experience in clinical evaluations for immigration cases. Every day she conducts several clinical evaluations that help individuals and families face the difficult immigration process with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration of the United States. Most of her clients come directly from other client referrals, and she is highly recommended by most immigration attorneys. My approach is respectful and hopeful, as each individual immigration case is unique and life-changing.

Growing up in South Texas, she encountered many other cultures; mainly people who came from Mexico, and Central & South America. Now, in her psychotherapy practice, she receives immigration evaluation requests from people as far as Nigeria and China! She is a Bilingual Psychotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor by the State Board of Texas. Angelina is recognized by the Art Therapy Credential Board as a supervisor and I train several supervisees in my practice. Additionally, she provides virtual services and conducts meetings over Zoom, FaceTime, and other platforms.

A clinical evaluation can be used by your attorney to support your case and move you forward with your immigration proceedings. A clinical evaluation is an important part of the application process to become a citizen of the United States, as well as is a valuable tool when applying for an immigration waiver. The clinical evaluations we perform are usually for Extreme Hardship, VAWA, U visa, T visa, and political asylum waivers.

The complete clinical evaluation service requires a minimum of 2 sessions that must be scheduled at least one week apart. After the final session, a written report is complied. There are times when additional (more than 2) sessions are required for a complete evaluation. After the final session is complete, Ms. Rodriguez will compile a detailed evaluation or report that is usually completed in 7-10 business days – with the exception of holidays and weekends.

  1. Session One: Your first session will last approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. An informal interview will be performed to assess emotional strengths and weaknesses, mental functioning, as well relevant family history. Several diagnostic tests are administered.
  2. Session Two: Your second session occurs at least a week (7-10 days) after your first session. It usually lasts approximately 30-45 minutes, and consists of a second interview and a final diagnostic test.
  3. Compiling the data: After the 2nd or final session, data from interviews as well as the results from various assessments are compiled to create a detailed document. The comprehensive document includes detailed medical, emotional and other relevant information as well as a diagnosis that is needed for the immigration application.

Another reason why a clinical evaluation is important, if you did not include a clinical evaluation in your application and have received a refusal of an immigration application, or have been requested to attain more proof, your case can get delayed. This delay can cause further anxiety and stress; the fear of deportation can lead you and members of your family to experience emotional and financial hardships. Save Money, Save Time, Reduce Stress: get your clinical evaluation complete before submitting your immigration application.