The immigration process can be very confusing and stressful for applicants. The best way to combat these feelings that cause anxiety is to be prepared before you walk into your meeting with a mental health clinician. Here is the truth about the referral to a clinician most of you don’t know.
An attorney will often recommend you seek out the expertise of a clinician who specializes in conducting immigration evaluations, because your case may lack some of the concrete evidence needed to substantiate a defense. No medical records, police reports, or other supportive documentation to submit for evidence leads many attorneys to rely on the clinical knowledge a well-trained clinician possess. These well-trained clinicians can pull past childhood experiences, life stressors in adulthood, and most recent legal proceedings together to clinically articulate the current or potentially future mental health challenges if an individual is removed from the country (United States). Typically, the interviewee is a family member or the applicant petitioning to the courts.
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By: JereMy J. Rankins, MA LPC