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In almost everything we do, we will come against barriers. Some of these will be beyond our control, while others are internal.
Frustrating though they are, I do try to focus on the barriers in life that are within my own control. The good news here is that once I recognize that they’re in my control, I can proactively make changes and act in ways to break them down.
Something I’ve become increasingly aware of through conversations with others in this community is that there are a number of common barriers that seem to stop people from making progress when launching immigration evaluations as a new service they offer.
I wanted to write and let you know that if you are experiencing any type of barrier to getting started with immigration evaluations, you are not alone.
This is my promise to you. These barriers are not unfounded, and I completely understand why they can stop many of us in our tracks.
But overcoming these is well within your control – and I’m here to help.
4 Common Barriers You Can Overcome Now
Below I’ve detailed the four most significant barriers I hear time and again and, more crucially, how we can overcome them together.
1. Lack of Confidence
This one goes straight to the top of the list, and it’s one I know can be hard to overcome. When starting any new endeavor, we often have to go right back to square one and admit that we know nothing.
This is scary!
Especially when we’ve already dedicated years of our life to our professional development and worked hard to build a robust sense of professional identity that’s built on education, knowledge, credibility, and experience.
Being a beginner all over again will shake even the most confident of us.
I will tell you a secret; despite having been doing immigration evaluations for years and working with hundreds of clients, I am still learning something new every day. The more I work in this field, the more I realize how much there is still to learn.
If you’re feeling beginner syndrome, you are not alone. With The Immigration Evaluation Institute, you have access to my team and me to give you everything you need to build your knowledge and credibility. You also have access to a superb network of other professionals who are all here to help you succeed.
2. The Report Writing
Going hand in hand with a lack of confidence is the prospect of having to write long reports that an individual will rely on as part of their immigration process. It can feel like a lot of pressure, and there’s always going to be a worry you haven’t included some vital tiny piece of information that could make a difference.
Believe me when I say this one gets much easier with time. To help you, my courses provide detailed templates that show you what to write and in what order. You’ll also receive examples of completed evaluations for each type of report you might have to write.
These templates are success guides that will help you find your way to feeling confident about this aspect of immigration evaluations.
3. Being Able to Find Clients
This one is probably the easiest one to overcome! Immigration is not going away, and there are lots of people who have chosen the US as the place to call home – and there are many who need assistance in making that happen.
I often hear people are worried that there are already therapists in their area offering these services, but everyone is different and has something unique to bring to the table. Not every therapist is suitable for every client – you will have something to offer that others don’t, and that clients need.
To help you find the right clients, both of my courses provide you with an expanded lesson on how to effectively market yourself, which includes dozens of ideas on how to find and successfully connect with immigration lawyers in your area.
4. Cost of Getting Started
I never want costs to be a barrier to you getting access and starting on this new journey.
Payment plans are available to help make upfront costs manageable and remember that you don’t have to dive into the complete package straight away. In fact, I’d recommend starting with my free Quick Start Guide to get a feel for things and go from there.
You can start with one course at a time and build your knowledge as you can. There’s no rush.
What Barriers Are You Facing?
I know everyone’s circumstances are different, and there might be something else not touched on here that’s stopping you from going after what you want to offer by way of immigration evaluation services.
My biggest goal when I created The Immigration Evaluation institute was to develop a community of supportive individuals to help grow these services across our communities.
If there’s a barrier you’re struggling to overcome – we want to help.
I’m Cecilia Racine, and I teach therapists how to help immigrants through my online courses. As a bilingual immigrant myself, I know the unique perspective that these clients are experiencing. I’ve conducted over 500 evaluations and work with dozens of lawyers in various states. Immigrants are my passion, I believe they add to the fabric of our country.
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