Mental Health Evaluations for Immigration

A mental health (also named psychological) evaluation is a document at times required by Immigration to process a petition for a US Visa or legal status. It is required at times for people processing certain types of Visas such as:

UVisa (for those who were victims of a crime in the US)


Cancellation of Removal or Deportation

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act, also applicable to all genders)

Extreme Hardship

T-Visa (for those who were victims of trafficking)


Any Other Immigration Proceeding

The process for completing an evaluation is as follows:

You will complete a Questionnaire prior to the appointment that will give me an overview of your case, the purpose of your evaluation, and the type of case or visa you are petitioning for.

The next step will be an individual session of 90-120 minutes to complete the rest of the clinical assessments. The sessions can be in person or online via video camera. I can serve anyone living in the State of Illinois. Another session will be scheduled 10-15 days later. For the second and last session, we will review all the details before delivering your full report /evaluation at that time. I am able to accommodate emergency evaluations (within 1-5 days) for an additional fee.


Every counselor writes the evaluations differently according to their own style, experience, and training. Based on my research, most mental health/psychological evaluations for immigration range between 5-20 pages. The reports I write have consistently been 15-18 pages. The reports I write consist of: 

A brief summary of your background

Family and trauma history

Full description of the incident, relationship, or event for which you are petitioning

Description of your current state of physical, mental, and emotional health

The overall impact that the incident, relationship or event had in your life and psychological state

A description of your symptoms

Full description and results of 2-3 clinical assessments 

A diagnosis (if applicable) and description

Recommendations for treatment if needed

It is a very comprehensive report. 

In addition, I review and include information from any police reports, medical records, and any letter you may have written for your case describing the incident, relationship, or event. I include information about children and dependents and any special medical, physical or psychological need they may have. This is important information to include on your report. 

Please consult your lawyer on whether you will need a mental health/psychological evaluation for your case. 


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Silvia Avila

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

IL #180.008964

Bridgeport Art Center

1200 W. 35th Street

Chicago, IL 60609

​Tel: 773-850-7366