Immigration (hardship/VAWA/SF513) Assessment
Anthony M. Tarescavage, PhD
Psychological assessments are used in immigration court for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a person who is at risk of being deported can stay in the United States if they are a victim of domestic violence by their American spouse. Other times a person at risk of being deported can stay if their American family members would experience an undue hardship as a result of their deportation. Sometimes due to a metal health or cognitive problem they are looking for an exception to citizenship and English language tests. Dr. Tarescavage has published several peer-reviewed research articles on psychological assessments.
Prior to their assessment with Dr. Tarescavage, the evaluee will complete a brief history questionnaire. They will also bring relevant medical records from treatment providers if applicable. Finally, the evaluee might prepare a short list of people who know them well, along with contact information. The in-person component of the evaluation lasts approximately 2.5 hours and begins with an overview of the purpose of the evaluation as well as a review of the limitations on confidentiality. After introductions, the evaluee typically completes one-hour of psychological testing. This testing generally includes the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3 (MMPI-3), a widely-used and well-validated psychological test. This testing provides a comprehensive and objective foundation for a well-informed and impartial clinical interview. Cognitive testing is administered as needed. After testing is completed, Dr. Tarescavage conducts the clinical interview. The first part of the interview involves the collection of background information (family, educational, medical, employment, military, legal, and substance use). The second part of the interview is the diagnostic assessment. After the in-person evaluation is completed, Dr. Tarescavage will conduct a record review and collateral contact process and write a 5 to 8 page report detailing his findings and opinions. The referral source will receive the report within three business days of the evaluation (assuming additional records do not need to be requested).