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form N-648 medical certification for disability exceptionsWhat kind of disabilities qualify for the waiver citizenship exam?

The specific disabilities that may qualify for a waiver of the citizenship exam are determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, as well as mental impairments, may be eligible for accommodations or waivers of the citizenship exams.

The disabilities must impair the person’s ability to learn or demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history, civics, or English. Some examples of disabilities that may qualify include intellectual disabilities, certain mental health conditions, physical disabilities that affect reading or writing ability, and certain medical conditions that impact cognition or language skills.

The accommodations or waivers are granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Usually an N-648 and N-400 have to be submitted to USCIS to request such waiver.  The N-648 is completed by a physician or clinical psychologist who examines the person applying for the waiver.

The licensed psychologist conducts clinical interviews and testing to establish whether the applicant suffers from any condition that impairs their ability to pass the citizenship exams.

Can a mentally disabled person become a citizen?

Yes, a person with mental disability can become a citizens mentally disabled person can become a citizen of the United States.

The person with mental disability must submit an N-648 form to USCIS describing the physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that prevents them from meeting the English and civics requirements.

What doctors are eligible to complete form N-648?

Only physicians and clinical psychologists can complete the N-648.  These professionals must be licensed in the United States.

How do immigration psychologists and immigration attorneys work together?

A psychological evaluation is done at the recommendation of the immigration attorney.

Immigration psychologists and Immigration Attorneys have a working relationship that must protect the independence of opinion and the objectivity of each professional.  Immigration psychologists must understand rules of admissibility to determine whether the testing and procedures used are valid and reliable enough to stand the scrutiny of the court and other experts.  Immigration psychologists must understand how to provide testimony as required by the case.

How can I contact an immigration psychologist?

Immigration Psychology, Inc. has Florida immigration psychologists, North Carolina immigration psychologists, South Carolina immigration psychologists, and experts in other states.


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