Immigration Psychological Evaluations for Political Asylum

Asylum may be an option if going back to your native country would be dangerous for you.

A foreigner may apply for political asylum in the United States if they have experienced or fear they will face persecution in their country of origin due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership to a particular social group.

Our experienced licensed psychologists offer asylum seekers psychological evaluations.

Based in Miami, Florida, our team has extensive training in cross cultural psychology and they have worked with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds over the years. They offer these asylum evaluations in both English and Spanish.

Our comprehensive asylum evaluations identify circumstances surrounding persecution, emotional distress, and any relevant mental health conditions (e.g. Major Depression, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Generalized Anxiety, etc.) that may have arisen as a result of past persecution and/or fear of persecution if returned to the country of origin. Our reports also explore the current social and political climates of the country from which asylum is sought. 

This evaluation includes:

  • 2 90-minute initial interviews (including psychological assessment scales) with a licensed psychologist
  • 4-5 days to write report draft and send to attorney for feedback
  • 5-7 days to receive attorney feedback and finalize report*
  • 30-minute final feedback session to review final report with client 
  • Final report will be sent to the attorney.

Total Time for completion = 14 calendar days or less**

*This is an estimate. Response times vary by attorney   ** Rushed reports are available, subject to an additional fee.

You probably have more questions about our immigration evaluations for political asylum.

Here are some of the most common questions that people ask us about our asylum psychological evaluations.

One way to figure out if you need psychological evaluation for your immigration case is to ask your immigration attorney.  He or she can help you determine if you will be applying for political asylum.  If you are, then your immigration case may benefit from an asylum psychological evaluation to document your history of persecution in your native country and the potential impact that returning to that country may have on you.

Please bring the following information with you to the appointment:

  • Immigration attorney’s name and contact information
  • Primary doctor’s name and contact information
  • Psychiatrist’s name and contact information
  • Names of all medications and dosages you are currently taking
  • List of all medical conditions
  • 2 offical forms of photo identifaction

Yes.  The psychologists on staff at Envision Wellness are qualified to complete immigration psychological evaluations for political asylum seekers.  They are licensed psychologists on the State of Florida and have completed specific training to conduct immigration evaluations in addition to their clinical training in cross cultural psychology, trauma, and neuropsychology.

Yes.  We can perform these evaluations in other languages with the assistance of a Certified Medical Interpreter or Certifed Court Interpreter fluent in the client’s native language. The client is responsible for the cost of the the interpreter’s time. 

We recommend Verbatim Languages Translators & Interpreters. They provide certified medical translators and interpreters in a variety of languages in the greater Miami area. Costs range from $95 – $160 per hour (2-hour minimum) depending on the language.

Due to the legal nature of these evaluations, family members, friends, or other persons casually known to the client cannot serve as interpreters. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

We can usually complete most hardship evaluations in 14 days or less.  This is enough time in most cases.  However, we can accommodate you if you need the evaluation completed in a faster timeframe, subject to a rush fee. Rush fees are as follows:

$500 More than 72 hours but less than 14 days

$800 72 hours or less

First, don’t panic.  Rejections happen occasionally. We can provide revisions for individuals which we have evaluated, subject to a prorated charge.  If you were evaluated by another psychologist, we cannot provide a revision.  We would need to repeat the entire evaluation.

Chances are that whoever did the previous evaluations failed to provide sufficient supporting data.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of poorly conducted evaluations that cost families a lot of money.  We believe that this is a huge disservice to the general public and damaging to the mental health field’s credibility. 

At Envision Wellness, our psychologists will interview you and/or family member on 2 separate occasions for about 90 minutes each time. During the second session, you and/or your loved one will also complete psychological assessment scales.  Then, the psychologist will prepare a draft of the evaluation report and send it to your immigration attorney for their review. Once your attorney has reviewed the draft, the report will be finalized and you’ll meet one final time with the psychologist to review the comprehensive final report, receive recommendations, and address any questions. 

If previous evaluations consisted of less than the above described, no quantitative data, or a 1-page letter instead of a final report, then it’s likely your previous evaluations were poorly conducted. 

Don’t get scammed.

Our evaluations may seem costly, but remember, you get what you pay for.  Our evaluations are comprehensive assessments conducted by experienced psychologists with good rates of acceptance by US immigration who specialize in neuropsychology, trauma, and cross cultural psychology. 

Maybe. However, our psychologists do not accept any form of health insurance. As out-of-network providers, they can give you a superbill (a receipt with medical procedure codes) that you submit to your healthcare insurance company. Your insurance carrier will determine if you are eligible for reimbursement of this evaluation’s cost based on your healthcare plan’s coverage.

You can pay with credit card or cash ($50 discount for cash payments). We require that 50% of the evaluation be paid at the first appointment.  The remaining 50% is expected on the day of the second appointment. We will provide you with a receipt for your records. No additional payment is required at the final session when you receive the evaluation’s results. 

There’s a $250 USD non-refundable deposit for political asylum testing to cover the time spent in preparation for the testing session.

At this time we do not accept personal checks or money orders for this type of evaluation. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Not this time. Our immigration evaluations are only provided to adults (age 18 and older). Do you conduct immigration evaluations for minors (age 17 & under)?

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