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citizenship waiverIndividuals who suffer some types of medical or mental health disabilities may seek exemption for the English and Civics requirements for naturalization.

Psychological evaluations are unbiased and objective examinations that explore the ways in which the “physical or developmental disability or mental impairment” hinders the person’s memory, attention, concentration, and/or ability to learn. Objective psychological tests are used to measure the nature and severity of the impairments.

An individual who is seeking a waiver for the citizenship examination (N-648) due to a medical or mental health disability, will need to provide a medical certification from a licensed psychologist or medical doctor. The medical certification indicates that the individual has a physical or mental disability that prevents you from taking the examination. The medical certification must include the methods used to establish the disability, the nature and extent of the disability, and how it affects the ability to take the examination.

It is important to note that each case is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the decision to grant a waiver is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. The immigration psychologist is not a legal expert and cannot give legal advice. It is the immigration attorney who handles all legal matters.