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Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where we left off in Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements (Pt. 1)¸ below we will continue to highlight some noteworthy exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements.

While the first part of this blog series focused on pointing out exceptions related to the residency requirement, as well as some exceptions for disabled people, here, we will take a closer look at the English language exceptions for USCIS citizenship requirements.

The English Language Exceptions to USCIS Citizenship Requirements

Although people applying for citizenship in the U.S. must typically meet certain English language requirements, the exception to this English Language requirement is as follows:

  • English language exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements can be helpful to people who are 50 or older. Contact us for with these exceptions.

    English language exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements can be helpful to people who are 50 or older. Contact us for with these exceptions.

    People who are at least 50 years old when filing for citizenship can be exempt from the English language requirement as long as they have been a green card holder in the U.S. for at least 20 years. This may also be referred to as the 50/20 exception.

  • People who are at least 55 years old when filing for citizenship can be exempt from the English language requirement if they have been a permanent resident of the U.S. (i.e., a green card holder) for at least 15 years. This may also be referred to as the 55/15 exception.

With these exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements, it’s important to point out that:

  • The people who meet the above-explained qualifications for exception will still have to take the civics test associated with the naturalization process.
  • These people may, however, be able to take this civics test in their native language if their English reading, comprehension and/or writing skills are subpar.
  • If these exempt individuals do choose to take the civics test in their native language, they are required to bring an interpreter with them to their citizenship interview. This interpreter must be fluent in both the native language of the individual and in English.
  • Special considerations regarding the civics test are granted for individuals who are 65 years old (or older) and who have been permanent residents of the U.S. for at least the past 20 years.

We will wrap up this discussion regarding exceptions to USCIS citizenship requirements in the final part of this blog series that will be published soon – don’t miss it!

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