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Can you request modifications to the naturalization test?

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2022 | Immigration Law

The naturalization test allows officials to assess your understanding of topics important to your citizenship. These topics include civics and speaking, writing and understanding the English language.

If you have medical conditions or learning disabilities, you may have concerns about accommodations. With enough notice, you can request the modifications you will need to have a fair shot at passing the test.

Accommodations

By law, you have the right to a fair test. This includes the right to a conducive testing environment even if that means you will need modifications to get it to that point. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are also exceptions if you have resided in the United States legally for 15-20 years and are 50-55 years of age or older. In these circumstances, you may qualify for the 50/20 or the 55/15 exception. This means you will not need to complete the English portion of the naturalization test, but you do still need to take the civics portion.

There are also forms you can fill out to request modifications based on medical needs. Officials require you to fill out specific forms that detail the conditions of your disability. You should submit these documents plenty of time in advance of when you plan to take the naturalization test.

Qualifications

The USCIS follows strict protocols in determining whether or not your condition qualifies for any testing accommodations. If they approve your request, you will receive further instructions about what you need to do in preparation for your test.

Once you complete the naturalization test, you will prepare to take the Oath of Allegiance so you can officially acquire U.S. citizenship. Accommodations for this part of the process are also available should you need them.