Medical certification for disability exemption: individuals who suffer some types of disabilities/impairments may seek exemption for the English and Civics requirements for naturalization.

Psychological evaluations 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.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandates a citizenship test as part of the naturalization process. This examination assesses an applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history, government, and the English language. Yet, individuals with medically certifiable physical or developmental disabilities or mental impairments may be exempted from this requirement through a Citizenship Examination Waiver.

Our team at Immigration Psychology, a Florida-based firm with a reach across 39 states – including New York – facilitates these assessments through our HIPAA-compliant secure video conference system.

Citizenship Examination Waiver and Immigration Psychology Evaluation

A Citizenship Examination Waiver acknowledges that certain physical, developmental, or mental impairments can unjustly hinder an individual’s ability to meet the standard requirements of the citizenship examination. However, obtaining this waiver is a process marked by meticulous scrutiny to ensure its integrity and fairness.

These waivers are not distributed indiscriminately; they necessitate a comprehensive and specialized immigration psychology evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide a detailed understanding of the applicant’s medical condition and to articulate how it substantially disrupts their learning, memory, and comprehension capabilities.

The evaluation seeks to differentiate between temporary and chronic conditions, ensuring that only those with enduring and substantial impairments are considered for the waiver. This rigorous process underscores the commitment to maintaining the waiver’s sanctity while offering a fair chance to all applicants.

Choosing Immigration Psychology

The path to U.S. citizenship is complex, but the Citizenship Examination Waiver provides a necessary route for those facing unique challenges.  Form N-648 (Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions) is key to this exception. Licensed medical professionals, particularly those specializing in immigration psychology, must conduct evaluations and complete this form.

Immigration Psychology specializes in these objective assessments. Our immigration psychology evaluations in New York are not only thorough but are also accessible via secure video conferencing, ensuring clients from New York to Florida and beyond can easily access our services.

If you or someone you know might qualify for this waiver, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Immigration Psychology today for a complimentary consultation.