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Form N-648

Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, is used by applicants for U.S. citizenship who seek an exemption from the English and civics requirements of the naturalization process due to a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment. This form must be completed by a licensed medical professional, such as a doctor or clinical psychologist, who can certify the applicant's disability and its impact on their ability to learn or demonstrate the required knowledge for naturalization. The goal of Form N-648 is to ensure that eligible individuals with disabilities are not unfairly disadvantaged in their pursuit of U.S. citizenship.

What is the N-648 Form For?

The N-648 form is used to request an exemption from the English and civics requirements of the U.S. naturalization process for applicants who have a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that makes it impossible for them to fulfill these requirements. The form provides a detailed medical explanation of the applicant's condition and how it affects their ability to learn or demonstrate knowledge of English and U.S. civics.


What Kind of Disabilities Qualify for the Waiver Citizenship?

Disabilities that qualify for the citizenship waiver include physical, developmental, or mental impairments that prevent an individual from being able to learn or demonstrate the required knowledge of English and U.S. civics. Examples include severe learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, dementia, and significant mental health disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.


How the USCIS Interviewer Will Approve or Deny an N-648 Disability Waiver?

A USCIS interviewer will review the N-648 form to ensure it is completed accurately and thoroughly by a licensed medical professional. They will assess whether the documentation and medical evidence provided sufficiently demonstrate that the applicant’s disability prevents them from fulfilling the English and civics requirements. If the form is complete and the medical justification is clear and compelling, the waiver is likely to be approved. If there are inconsistencies or insufficient evidence, the waiver may be denied.


How Long Is an N-648 Good For?

An N-648 form does not have an expiration date once it is approved. However, the medical condition described must still be relevant at the time of the naturalization interview. If there is a significant delay between the submission of the N-648 and the interview, the applicant may need to provide updated medical documentation to confirm the ongoing impact of the disability.


How Much Does N-648 Cost?

There is no filing fee for Form N-648 itself. However, applicants may incur costs associated with the medical professional's examination and completion of the form. These costs vary depending on the healthcare provider's fees.

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