Naturalization Applicants With Disabilities

The USCIS offers accommodations or some modifications for applicants with physical or mental impairments that make it difficult for them to complete the naturalization process as others do.

The USCIS will make accommodations for citizenship applicants with disabilities who cannot follow the normal procedure and need certain modifications to the naturalization process in order to demonstrate his/her eligibility. If an applicant is using a wheelchair, the USCIS officials will make sure that he/she is fingerprinted, interviewed, and sworn in at a location where there is access to a wheelchair. disability support course

Waivers for Citizenship Applicants:

If an applicant is hearing impaired, the interviewing officer will make things easier for the applicant by speaking loudly and slowly, or will co operate with the applicant in arranging for a sign language interpreter. Should you need a sign language interpreter at the oath ceremony, you have to mention this in your N-400 application in the section where you are asked if you need an accommodation for a disability. Applicants using a service animal such as a guide dog can bring the animal along with them to the interview and oath ceremony.

The USCIS gives utmost importance to make the naturalization process easier for citizenship applicants with disabilities. Applicants knowing in advance that he/she will be in need of some kind of accommodation have to write a letter explaining what he/she will require and send it to the USCIS district office that will interview after you receive your interview notice.

Applicants having a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment because of which he/she cannot demonstrate the required knowledge of English and civics are eligible for an exemption of those tests. If you are requesting an exemption, you have to file a “Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions” (Form N-648). If you qualify under this, you have to get in touch with a licensed medical or osteopathic doctor or licensed clinical psychologist who should complete and sign the N-648 form.

If you qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement, it is mandatory that you bring an interpreter.

To qualify for a disability exception, your disability should
be at least 1 year old (or is expected to last 1 year)
not have been caused by illegal drug use.

You should give enough advance notice to the USCIS to respond to accommodation requests. You have to state your needs in the place provided in the citizenship form.

Though you qualify for a medical exception from the English and civics requirement, you should still take the Oath of Allegiance to the US. Applicants who are not able communicate an understanding of the meaning of the Oath (due to physical or mental disability) may be excused from this requirement.