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How to Get a Medical Disability Waiver from the U.S. Citizenship Tests

One of the last steps in the U.S. citizenship process involves meeting with an immigration officer to take two tests—an English test and a U.S. history and government (civics) test. These tests demonstrate knowledge of the English language (reading, writing and speaking) as well as a basic understanding of the history, principles and government of the United States.

Fortunately, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency is required to change these normal citizenship procedures for people with certain proven disabilities. As a result, qualifying individuals can be exempted from all or parts of the testing requirements or have an interpreter with them and still become U.S. citizens.

USCIS Guidelines for Citizenship Medical Waiver Exemptions

Applicants may request an exception to the testing requirements if they have a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that has lasted, or is expected to last, 12 months or more by submitting Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.
Form N-648 must be completed and certified by a medical professional; specifically, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or clinical psychologist licensed to practice in any state of the United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and the Virgin Islands.

100% Success Rate

The experienced legal team at Nalbandian Law, a Los Angeles area immigration law firm, has a perfect record of winning citizenship medical disability waiver applications for our clients, even if they were denied the waiver when their case was handled previously by an immigration consultant or inexperienced lawyer.

“In 15 years of representing our clients in hundreds of medical disability waiver cases, we’ve never had a single one denied,” said lead attorney Sassoun A. Nalbandian. “After reviewing an individual’s situation, we won’t agree to take the case if we know we can’t win it.”

How We Win Medical Exemption Cases

Too often, N-648 applications are denied because lawyers submit carelessly prepared, incomplete applications, not because applicants don’t qualify for the waiver.

Expert attorneys at Nalbandian Law understand exactly what immigration officers are looking for in order to approve an N-648 medical exemption waiver application. That’s why we work closely with our clients’ doctors or psychologists to ensure they fully and clearly describe our clients’ disabilities on the forms and show how it directly relates to their inability to learn English and to take the civics test.

Attorney Nalbandian emphasized “While others often submit incomplete forms thus resulting in rejections, we review each medical waiver form carefully to ensure it will be accepted by USCIS and you are on your way to becoming a US citizen.”

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Call Nalbandian Law today, (818) 244-0310, or contact us online for a personal consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers. We’ll review your situation and explain how our top-notch preparation can help you obtain your citizenship medical waiver.

*Approval rates do not guarantee future approval of your petition. No attorney can ethically guarantee any outcome. Always consult with a licensed, competent immigration attorney such as the experienced immigration attorneys at Nalbandian Law before filing your case.

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