An overview of N-648 forms for naturalization applicants seeking US Citizenship

N-648 forms

An N-648 form is a medical certification for disability exceptions for the US citizenship test. As a clinical psychologist who completes immigration evaluations, you may be asked to complete an N-648 for a client.

The purpose of form N-648

Typically, naturalization applicants must pass a civics test and demonstrate an understanding of the English language. The English test has three components: reading, writing and speaking. Additionally, the civics test covers essential US history and government-related topics.

However, some naturalization applicants are exempt from these requirements if they have disabilities that prevent them from completing the tests. Applicants can seek an exception to the English and/or civics requirements for naturalization because of a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.

Form N-648 is used by a medical professional or psychologist to confirm that the applicant has medical, psychological, or developmental impairments that prevent them from meeting the English and civics requirements.

Completing the N-648 form

Applicants seeking an exemption to these requirements submit a Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648), which will be submitted with their naturalization application. It’s also important to note that only medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, or clinical psychologists licensed to practice in the United States may certify this form.

The authorized professional’s goal is to verify that the applicant’s medical condition prevents them from meeting the English requirement, civics requirement, or both.

Key indicators that a client should complete an N-648 form

In summary, here are the typical characteristics of N-648 applicants:

  • They demonstrate a diagnosable physical or developmental disability that is chronic or expected to last at least 12 months.
  • They have an ongoing mental impairment that is expected to last 13 months or longer.
  • The individual’s condition affects their capacity to demonstrate the educational requirements for naturalization.

In summary, any individual applying for US citizenship must take an English and Civics Exam. Naturalization applicants can be excused from this requirement if they have a disability or mental impairment, including intellectual disabilities, a learning disorder, dementia, or cognitive impairments.

Hopefully, this overview has helped you familiarize yourself with Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (Form N-648). These forms can be a vital aspect of naturalization applications, and they must be completed with as much detail as possible.

Cecilia Racine: Immigration Evaluation Therapist

I’m Cecilia Racine, and I teach therapists how to help immigrants through my online courses. As a bilingual immigrant myself, I know the unique perspective that these clients are experiencing. I’ve conducted over 300 evaluations and work with dozens of lawyers in the various states. Immigrants are my passion, I believe they add to the fabric of our country.

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