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

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 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]

    USCIS Policy Alert (PA-2018-12): Sufficiency of Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648)
  2. Effective Date

    February 12, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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