The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently declared an updated policy regarding clinical confirmation for disability exceptions revised (form N-648) to make the naturalization process more open for candidates with disabilities. The USCIS policy manual explains how clinical experts can accurately finish the new, simplified version of form N-648, and request oath waivers based on a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.
Background | Revised Form N-648
As a feature of the process for naturalizing to U.S. citizenship, the candidate regularly should pass a two-part to demonstrate English language proficiency and knowledge of U.S. civics. However, it is feasible to be excluded from the English and civics tests. Based on a qualifying physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment. To get an exclusion, the individual must have a licensed medical professional complete and certify form N-648 and then file the form with the USCIS.
Revisions to Form N-648
Because of criticism from the public, the following versions have been made to the N-648 form. To help ease the filing process for candidates and clinical providers:
- USCIS is presently approved to accept a candidate’s form N-648. After the application for naturalization (form N-400) has previously been filed
- Elimination of redundant or irreverent questions
- Disposal of dates of determination and description of the severity of the disability
- Elimination of the medical professional’s prior relationship with the candidate
- Updated guidance for telehealth clinical examinations
- Option to include a promise waiver request
However, the corrections to form N-648 should help reduce barriers. For lawful permanent residents with disabilities who wish to become U.S. residents. We believe that the USCIS will keep on continue to work towards improving all facets of the U.S. immigration system.