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N-648What is N-648 doctor evaluation for citizenship examination waiver?

Citizenship Examination waiver or N-648 is a medical certification for exemption from the citizenship test.  In other words, the N-648 documents the disabilities or impairments that could make someone eligible for waiver of the citizenship examination.

Who is eligible for the N-648 citizenship examination waiver?

Individuals who suffer some types of medical or mental health disabilities may seek exemption for the English and Civics requirements for naturalization.  A person with chronic medical condition, mental health problems or cognitive impairments may be eligible for exemption from the citizenship tests.

What type of doctor can complete the N-648 for citizenship examination waiver?

USCIS requires that the N-648 evaluation and form are completed by a medical doctor, a doctor in osteopathy, or a doctor in clinical psychology.  The doctor who completes the N-648 evaluation and form must be licensed in the state where the client is physically located at the time of the evaluation.

What is process for citizenship examination waiver N-648?

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 have 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 them 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.