Created by Congress with the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, the U visa is provided for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation of criminal activity. In order to qualify for this classification, the applicant must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of a specified criminal activity. The term mental abuse means “harm to or impairment of the emotional or psychological soundness of the victim.” 8 C.F.R. Statute 214.14(a)(8). USCIS assesses a number of factors to determine whether this abuse rises to the level of substantial. A Forensic Psychologist can provide an evaluation and detailed report relevant to the applicant’s mental or emotional harm.
The psychological report or affidavit of findings can act as a tool for immigration courts and judges to make their determinations. In such cases, a Forensic Psychologist must carefully consider the applicant’s account of the events/abuse that took place and also utilize instruments and measures to verify the harm. Primarily focused upon forensic practice, Dr. Maddux is an experienced evaluator having completed over 3,000 evaluations and affidavits. Learn your options during a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Maddux.