CFIR’s Immigration & Refugee Assessment Service provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for foreign-born (i.e., outside of Canada) adolescents and adults who have applied for residency through the Immigration and Refugee Board.
We provide comprehensive psychological assessments for those individuals facing Immigration and Refugee Board review to determine eligibility to remain in Canada. These assessments typically evaluate pre- and post-migration experiences (e.g. discrimination, persecution, harassment, war, trauma), the presence of psychological symptoms and disorders (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety), the potential psychological impact of being denied residency in Canada, and the need for procedural accommodations during an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.
Do any of these items apply to you?
IF YOU SAID YES TO ANY OF THESE ITEMS you might consider meeting with one of the highly trained mental health professionals in CFIR’s Immigration & Refugee Assessment Service. Our mental health professionals understand your needs and can help you during this challenging process.
You can refer yourself or a loved one to our service.
Lawyers, advocates, and community members may also provide a referral to our service.
Typically, during our initial meeting, we will conduct a clinical interview to assess your current psychological symptoms and to gain a deeper understanding of your past and current living situation. If applicable, we will then administer a wide range of scientific, evidence-based questionnaires to more thoroughly and systematically assess symptoms associated with various psychological conditions as well as cognitive functioning. Your psychologist will then integrate information from the clinical interview and the questionnaires. A subsequent session may be required to further clarify his or her understanding of your difficulties. If needed, a diagnosis will be rendered and recommendations for treatment provided. Finally, we will provide you with feedback of our findings and address any of your questions.
The entire assessment process, which includes an initial session, clinical interviews and administration of questionnaires, feedback of results, and a written report with recommendations, will take approximately four weeks to complete. Please consult with one of our psychologists to determine the length of time required to complete your assessment to ensure your deadlines are met.
Based on the results of your assessment, your psychologist will provide the following information in your assessment report:
Results and recommendations will be presented in a psychological report tailored to the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Our registered psychologists are proudly affiliated as clinical supervisors with the following universities:
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO