One of the key steps to obtaining U.S. citizenship is establishing that people have met some specific requirements laid out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). While these requirements – including language and residency requirements – are very strict, there are some exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements that may apply in some cases.
In this thrtee-part blog series, we will highlight the three most common exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements, as well as some accommodations that USCIS makes for people with special needs or impairments. If you are preparing to obtain your U.S. citizenship and want to ensure the process is completed as efficiently as possible, don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. We will provide you with superior legal service for all of your immigration needs and issues.
A Look at Some Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements
Exception 1 – Medical Disability Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements
People living with medical, developmental and/or cognitive impairments may be eligible for some exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements regarding both the English language requirement and the civics test requirement.
To benefit from these exceptions, the following must be done:
- A Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions must be completed.
- This form must be filled out by a fully licensed medical professional, including a physician and/or a clinical psychologist.
It may be necessary for supporting documentation to also be submitted along with the completed Form N-648, and an experienced immigration attorney can be critical to overseeing this process to ensure that people are able to fully take advantage of the applicable exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements.
Exception 2 – Continuous Residence Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements
While people applying for U.S. citizenship must meet some very specific requirements regarding residency in the U.S., people who are employed overseas may be able to benefit from continuous residence exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements.
There are various details and requirements for eligibility for this exception, however, so it’s advised that you consult with an experienced Los Angeles immigration attorney at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. if you work overseas and want to initiate the naturalization process for yourself (and/or your family members).
We will resume this discussion regarding the exceptions for USCIS citizenship requirements in an upcoming second part of this blog series – we encourage you to check it out!
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