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USCIS revises guidance on medical certification requirements for English and civics exceptions to naturalization

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 12, 2018

    USCIS updates procedures for Form N-648, the Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions to the civics and English requirements for naturalization. Form N-648 must be submitted with the naturalization application; USCIS may consider a late filing if there is a credible explanation; USCIS can find the form insufficient if there is a "finding of credible doubt, discrepancies, misrepresentation or fraud as to the applicant's eligibility for the exception"; applicants "may decline the English and civics test or discontinue the interview when an officer determined the Form N-648 is insufficient, but this will count as a failed attempt to pass the English and civics requirements." [ID #639]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Feb. 12, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    December 4, 2020

    USCIS issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to reflect changes made in the new version of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exception.

    Guidance on Medical Certification For Disability Exception (N-648)
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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