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USCIS proposes revisions to N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

  1. Date Announced

    April 26, 2019

    USCIS requests comments on proposed changes to Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. USCIS uses the Form N-648 to substantiate a claim for an exception to the requirements of section 312(a) of the INA. By certifying Form N-648, the doctor states that an applicant filing an Application for Naturalization, Form N–400, is unable to complete the English and/or civics requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment(s).

    Among the proposed changes to the form and instructions include expanding the list of questions on the disability and impairment from 12 questions to 23 questions. The new form has added new questions regarding the date that each disability/impairment began; the date of diagnosis; the severity of each disability/impairment; how each disability/impairment affects the applicant’s daily life activities; why each disability/impairment is expected to last over 12 months; which disability/impairments are the result of illegal drug use; the frequency of treatment; and if the medical professional questioned the interpreter about his/her fluency in English and accuracy/completeness in interpretation.

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  3. Subsequent Action

    September 6, 2019

    USCIS notifies the public that it will be submitting the following information collection request to the OMB for review and clearance and allows an additional 30 days for public comments.

    30 day notice and request for comments
  4. Subsequent Action

    July 23, 2020 OMB approves information collect request
  5. Subsequent Action

    July 23, 2020 New Form N-648 (7/23/20 edition)
  6. Subsequent Action

    July 23, 2020 New Form N-648 Instructions (7/23/20 edition)

Commentary

CLINIC submits comments on proposed revisions to N-648

CLINIC submits comments on proposed revisions to N-648.

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