As a psychiatric social worker, Yolanda Nally is well versed in helping facilitate the immigration process in the following ways:
EXTREME HARDSHIP WAIVER
A citizen or resident of the United States (Applicant) may apply for an immigration waiver, if the deportation of a relative causes hardship. A psychological evaluation documents the hardship, which may include mental health diagnoses, impaired work and social functioning, and financial difficulties.
When appropriate, the psychological evaluation explores and documents issues that impair the Applicant’s ability to move to another country and issues that impair the Applicant’s ability to reside in the United States without the Alien.
POLITICAL ASYLUM WAIVER
Psychological evaluations serve to document the impact of mistreatment, abuse, or persecution inflicted in a foreign country. The emotional impact may include the development of formal mental health disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The psychological evaluation includes a clinical interview and testing of the person applying for asylum.
SPOUSAL ABUSE WAIVER
Psychological evaluations performed on an individual who has been abused by his/her spouse who is a citizen or legal resident of the United States. Psychological evaluations document the nature, severity, and frequency of the abuse. The evaluations also document the consequences of the abuse, which may include Depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
CITIZENSHIP EXAMINATION WAIVER
A legal resident of the United States may lack the skills or capacities needed to pass citizenship examinations such as the civics and English proficiency tests. Impairments in memory, head injuries, dementia (e.g., Alzheimer), illiteracy, and learning disabilities may prevent the passing of the tests. The psychological evaluation identifies and documents the impairments that prevent new learning.