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Apply to Get Exception From Citizenship Test After Applying For US Citizenship!

Aspirants who apply for US citizenship through naturalization must establish an understanding of English language and also ability to speak, write and read words in regular usage. Knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of the history, principles and form of US governments is a must. Both together are called the English and civics requirements for naturalization.

Applicants seeking an exception from the English and US civics test requirements after applying for US citizenship based on physical or age-linked disability or mental deficiency which lasted for more than a year must submit the Form N-648 according to USCIS regulations. A licensed medical doctor or licensed clinical psychologist must complete this medical certification for disability exceptions and be submitted along application for naturalization, Form N-400. The USCIS will determine if applicant is entitled for concession to the requirements using this Form N-648.

Who cannot use Form N-648?

Under the Rehabilitation act of 1973 reasonable adjustments are provided and applicants who can satisfy them need not submit the form. Among other factors the reasonable adjustments include sign language interpreters, time extension for testing and off site testing. Illiteracy is not a valid reason to request for exception from civics and English requirement of naturalization using Form N-648. The applicant should indicate the adjustment he/she is requesting for in the Part3 of the Form N-400 while applying for US Citizenship.

Certification of Form N-648

Authority to certify the Form N-648 is only for medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, or clinical psychologists licensed to practice in US including territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, territories of CNMI and the Virgin Islands. Assistance for form completion can be provided by the staff of the medical practice but the accuracy of form’s content is the medical professional’s responsibility.

The licensed medical professional must certify all parts of the Form N-648 except for the applicant attestation and interpreter’s certification after an in-person examination of the applicant. USCIS doesn’t accept incomplete forms so all the items or questions must be fully and accurately answered. Common terminology and not abbreviation should be used to fill in the form easily understood by a person without medical training. For legibility purposes it’s always recommended to use the electronic form available online. As required on the form the detailed assessment of the applicant’s physical and developmental disability or mental impairment should be provided by the medical professional and also attach medical diagnostic report or records as support documents.

Implication of false representations

Under the penalty of perjury the medical professional and the applicant both are required to attest the Form N-648, with no filing fee, submitted along Form N-400 to apply for US citizenship. The United States Code provides that whoever knowingly makes under oath or as permitted under section 1746 of Title 28 of United States code under the penalty of perjury knowingly subscribes as true any false statement with respect to a material fact in any application, affidavit or other documents required by the immigration law or regulations prescribed or knowingly presents any such document will be fined or imprisoned for not more than 10 years or both. Also under the Title 18 of the US code Section 247 C of the Immigration and Nationality Act and title 8 of US code section 1324c provides for penalty if any false information is included in the information provided by either the applicant or the medical professional.

How To Apply For A Student Visa

Prospective students applying to academic programs should start contacting schools at least a year before they plan to start their studies. Most students submit between five and ten applications to many schools. After a student has been accepted to a school, the school will issue a Certificate of Eligibility form, more commonly called a SEVIS I-20. The school will complete this form. This form is the school’s official statement to the US government that the student has

Once the student receives the Form I-20, he/she should review the document and should there be any mistake, the student should send it back to the school for correction. If the student is under 18 years old, he/she should get the Form I-20 signed by a parent or guardian.

After receiving the Form I-20, the next step in the application process is to apply for a student visa (if the applicant is outside the US.) or apply for a “Change of Status” (if the applicant is already in the U.S.). It is recommended to start the student visa application or change of status process as far in advance as possible, but note that F and M visas will not be issued more than 120 days before the start-date as found on Form I-20.

Applying for a Visa or a Change of Status

Students applying to change their status will deal directly with USCIS. He/she should file Form I-539 Application to Extend or Change Non immigrant Status.

If a student has entered the US on a visitor visa and wants to change status to F-1 or M-1, he/she has to wait for the change of status application to be approved before starting the course of study else the application will be denied.

Applying for a Student Visa at a U.S. Consulate

A prospective student with a Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS I-20) from a US school can apply for an F-1 or M-1 visa at a US consulate in his/her home country. The student must be physically present in order to apply.

Students generally can apply for a student visa up to 90 days before registration will begin at their school. Considering processing delays, it is better to apply as soon as possible within that 90-day period. Some consulates do accept student visa applications before the beginning of the 90-day period, to allow time for security clearances and other delays. Students have to contact the local US consulate regarding its application procedures. Many consulates insist on advance appointments. Just getting an appointment can take several weeks, so applicants should plan properly.

Once the student gets in touch with the consulate, he/she will have to complete the visa application

Form I-134 is used to ensure that while the foreign student is in the US, he/she will not become a public charge. The person who signs Form I-134 on behalf of the foreign student is called the “sponsor”. By signing Form I-134, the sponsor agrees to assume financial responsibility for the foreign student in the event that the student becomes unable to meet his/her living expenses.

Enlighten Yourself About The Benefits Before You Apply For US Citizenship!

A foreign national or citizen is granted the US citizenship by the naturalization process once they file the Form N-400 and fulfill the requirements. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is the agency in charge and they process the application in order of its receipt.

Why to apply for US citizenship?

Duties as a US citizen includes:

Rights as a US citizen are listed below:

Other Benefits:

1) Consular benefits: During travel abroad the US citizen who is detained or arrested for any reason can take help from the US embassy or consulate.

2) Social service access: The option of social security and Medicare can be availed only by the US citizens.

3) Sponsor relatives abroad: Many visa requisitions require the applicants to be close relatives of US citizens, visas such as IR and F for family members.

4) Deportation protection: Deportation proceedings are not possible against naturalized US citizens since they are not considered aliens anymore.

5) Honors Eligibility: The USCIS created the Outstanding American by Choice Award to honor only the naturalized US citizens.

6) In the United States civic participation is not required. It is considered that the very indifference of most people does not allow for a quiet and strong political climate.

7) Dual Citizenship: US Citizens can be citizens of more than one nation. They do not lose their citizenship if they vote in an election in a foreign country or by becoming a citizen of a foreign country.

US campaign to promote citizenship

In its effort to encouraging eligible lawful permanent citizens to apply for US citizenship, the US government had launched a $3.5 million multilingual advertising campaign. It’s part of the $11 million for superior immigration integration allotted by the Congress. It was launched on May 30 and run through Labor Day. The immigrants of California, New York and Texas will be focused upon and the campaign will primarily run in these states. The print, radio and digital media will be used in this campaign in different languages such as Chinese, English, Vietnamese and Spanish. The 7.9 million immigrants eligible for applying for US citizenship will be targeted.

This campaign is first of its kind to be sponsored by the government to encourage people to apply for US citizenship and also stress the point that lack of English language knowledge is not an issue and also that they still have options to learn it. Another reason for the immigrants not to opt for applying for US citizenship is that they cannot afford the $680 application related fees.

Through the campaign they aim to explain the naturalization process in the other native languages also and also to explain that they have the option to download material online in their native languages in order to get them ready for the US citizenship test.

To apply for US citizenship the immigrants should be green card holders for at least five years, with good moral character and pass in both the civics and English tests. If they are married to US citizens they can apply quicker, after their third anniversary of wedded life. The citizenship gives them the right to vote, travel with American passport, serve on a jury and also petition for other family members to join them in US.