Refugees seeking asylum can benefit from documentation of post-traumatic emotional problems. Many illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for a number of years are threatened with deportation. Their spouses and/or children, who are legal residents or citizens, may suffer from a variety of traumatically induced regressive/pathological cognitive and psychosocial outcomes that could constitute extreme and unusual hardship. A psychological evaluation of extreme and unusual hardship is often helpful to obtain legal residence. A psychological evaluation of cognitive functioning may document a person's need for accommodation when taking citizenship and other examinations.
Dr. Stutman, as an impartial expert, evaluates refugee seeking asylum regarding his or her character the causal relationship between emotional problems and previous traumatic events. Undocumented immigrants with a spouse child or dependent parent can become documented. This is done by evaluating the dependents relative for possible spouse, children, and/or dependent parents can be evaluated for possible psychological consequences to threatened or actual separation from their relative. A Psychological Evaluation can be instrumental in triggering a change from illegal to legal residential status. It may also facilitate a reunion with relatives abroad who are unable to join their family in this country.
Dr. Stutman, along with co-author Dr. Brady-Amoon, has recently written the definitive article on how to evaluate the psychological hardship of qualifying relatives. It is published in the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. Click here for link to the article.
“Supporting dependent relatives of undocumented immigrants through cancellation of removal and waivers of inadmissibility/excludability.” Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, with P Brady-Amoon, 2011, 11:4