Exemptions from English and Civics Requirements

Some applicants are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization based on their age and amount of time as a permanent resident. These applicants must still take the civics test.
  • If you are age 50 or older and have been a permanent resident of the US for 20 years you can take the test in your native language.
  • If you are age 55 or older and have been a permanent resident of the US for 15 years you can take the test in your native language.
  • If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident of the US for 20 years you can take a simplified civics test in your language.

Applicants with a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment so severe that it prevents acquiring or demonstrating the required knowledge of English and civics, may be eligible for an exception to these requirements. To request this exception, you must file a Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, Form N-648.

USCIS provides accommodations or modifications for applicants with physical or mental impairments that make it difficult for them to complete the naturalization process. In order for USCIS to have enough advance notice to respond to accommodation requests, applicants are encouraged to state their needs on the place provided in the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400.

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