There are exemptions and modifications to the naturalization requirements that are available to certain individuals who qualify.
English Language Exemptions
The Application for Naturalization offers several exemptions to select. You will be exempt from the English language requirement if you are one of the following:
Age 50 or older at the time of application and have resided as a permanent resident in the US for 20 years or more.
Age 55 or older at the time of application and have lived as a permanent resident in the US for 15 years or more.
US Civics Test Accommodations
Even if you qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exemptions listed above, you still need to take the civics portion. If you qualify for the exemptions listed above, you will be permitted to take the civics test in your native or preferred language.
To use an interpreter during the civics test, you will need to arrange an interpreter for your interview, who must be fluent in both English and your native language.
If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing your application, you will also be given a simplified version of the civics test.
Exemptions for Individuals with disabilities and/or impairments
If you have a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that prevents you from demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the English language and/or civics requirements for naturalization, you may qualify for an exemption to certain parts of the naturalization test. A supplemental Form N-648 must be submitted along with N-400 and have been prepared by a licensed medical or osteopathic doctor or licensed clinical psychologist less than 6 months prior to filing Form N-400.
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