U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has shortened and simplified the naturalization disability waiver. This is the waiver that exempts immigrants with physical, mental or learning disabilities from the naturalization English and civics test requirements. The naturalization process includes testing on how well immigrants read, write and understand English and how well they understand U.S. history and government. On October 19, 2022, USCIS announced updated policy guidance on the naturalization disability waiver, which has been in effect since 1994.
Naturalization applicants with a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that prevents them from fulfilling the English and civics testing requirements for naturalization can have a medical professional complete and certify Form N-648 Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions to request an exception to those requirements. The updated naturalization disability waiver application:
USCIS Director Ur Jaddo said the revisions were part of President Biden’s executive order to restore faith in the U.S. immigration system:
This is a wonderful example of how USCIS is listening to the public it serves in order to better address their needs, while fulfilling our responsibilities as an agency. The changes made to Form N-648 are yet another way in which USCIS is removing barriers to naturalization, in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order 14012 and EO 13985.”
According to the updated naturalization disability waiver announcement, the revised guidelines
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