Immigration Psychological Evaluations

“so, here you are

too foreign for home

too foreign for here.

never enough for both.”

       —Ijeoma Umebinyuo, “diaspora blues“

Dr. Poupak Merrill provides psychological evaluations for immigration proceedings including:

Extreme and Exceptional Hardship (I-601)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA I-360)


Political Asylum (I-589)

Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (N-648)


Dr. Merrill will work closely with your attorney or legal representative to provide a comprehensive Immigration Psychological Evaluation that can add significant value to your immigration case. A Psychological Evaluation is used by immigration courts to decide if an individual can remain lawfully in the United States. Therefore, the evaluation must be conducted by a psychologist who is knowledgeable about the key aspects of law in immigration-related matters. For the assessment to be useful, the report must meet legal standards required in immigration cases.

Dr. Merrill has provided Immigration Psychological Evaluation services to individuals from various cultures and countries including  Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As an immigrant herself, she is sensitive to emotional, cultural, and generational issues that can influence an immigration case. She appreciates this process can be a stressful and challenging experience for both the U.S. resident/citizen and their non-citizen family member(s). Dr. Merrill strives to make the evaluation process as clear, smooth, and uncomplicated as possible for everyone involved.






3120 Telegraph Ave Suite 11C
Berkeley, CA 94705

1777 Hamilton Ave Suite 2350
San Jose, CA 95125
(650) 465-0203

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