immigration related petitions

Extreme and Exceptional Hardship


In extreme and exceptional hardship cases, a citizen of the United States, or a legal permanent resident of the United States, is the spouse, fiancée, parent, or child of an individual who is an illegal citizen and may be deported from the U.S. The United States citizen applies for a hardship waiver on the basis that deportation would result in an extreme and exceptional hardship. Relevant factors are examined and identified. Comprehensive psychological evaluations are conducted with the US citizen(s) and the rest of the family. In some cases, pending deportations can be cancelled (e.g. “cancellation of removal”) by showing that it would be an extreme hardship on a U.S. citizen child or spouse, if a foreign born parent or spouse were to be deported. The accurate assessment and communication of these conditions can play a critical role in cancellation of removal as well as possible approval for political asylum. 

Political Asylum


In political asylum cases, an individual reports to have faced mistreatment and abuse in a foreign country. The mistreatment is usually associated with a political, religious, ethnic, gender or other human rights factor. The individual flees his/her country through various means, arrives to the United States, and files a political asylum claim. The Center for Forensic and Clinical Psychology accepts referrals from many immigration attorneys and has evaluated over 150 asylum seekers from all over the world who are seeking to protect themselves in the United States. Please note, all legal questions are to be directed to your attorney.

Spousal Abuse


In spousal abuse cases, a male or female from a foreign country marries a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States. After the marriage, the United States citizen or legal permanent resident then abuses his or her spouse. The individual may suffer from verbal, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse. The Center for Forensic and Clinical Psychology Inc has evaluated spousal abuse cases to determine the nature, frequency and harm that the abuse may have created in the individual. 

U Visas


A U Visa gives legal status to immigrants, even undocumented immigrants, who have been victims of serious crimes in the United States and meet certain other requirements. With a U Visa, the immigrant may stay and work in the United States for up to four years. After three years, however, a victim with a U visa may apply for a green card. Victims of crimes, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, involuntary servitude, sexual exploitation, kidnapping, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and rape, must have suffered serious physical, mental, or emotional abuse and have information that may help law enforcement in investigating or prosecuting the perpetrators.