Answered 9 minutes ago. You absolutely need to have the psychologist done. It will serve as an "expert witness" report in support of your VAWA claim and will be introduced into evidence as such. It is evidence that cannot be refuted or disputed. It is very important for increasing your chances of success to have a complete an comprehensive evaluation report of your psychological condition done. Your medical reports alone are simply not enough and will not carry the same weight as the psychological report.
You will not be able to have a VAWA case granted without a psych report! That is basic and a must in any VAWA application.
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I agree with my colleague.
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You could also obtain an evaluation from a different evaluator -- a Domestic Violence counselor, for example. You should go see a local nonprofit that specializes in VAWA applications to ask who they send people to for these evaluations. Your psychiatrist, however, probably WOULD be your best expert -- as a medical doctor, his or her evalution will be seen as extremely weighty and credible -- and think of the money you spend as well worth it to buy your peace of mind and ultimately your permanent residency. You should also obtain expert legal advice for this application, as it is not an easy one, particularly in the situation you have described, with primarily emotional abuse.
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