Are there exemptions for the naturalization exam?
When it comes time for a person to take their naturalization exam, it may be beneficial for them to determine if they actually have to take the test or not. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services does provide some exemptions for the tests required to become a citizen.
You may be exempt from taking the English Language examination if you have lived in the United States for 20 years and you are at least 50 years old when you apply for naturalization. The other option to become exempt from the English Language test is that you have lived in the United States for a minimum of 15 years and you are at least 55 years of age when your application has been submitted. These are known as the 50/20 and 55/15 exceptions. Though you don’t have to prove your ability to speak English in these situations, you will still be required to take the Civics test but you can do so in your native language.
Persons with certain disabilities may also be exempt from fulfilling the test portions of the naturalization process to become a United States Citizen. The other option for a person with a disability is to take the test, but just with accommodations that may assist them in completing the exams. It is important for you to detail any accommodations that you may need in order to find success with your application.
If you have questions or concerns regarding you abilities to take the examinations required to become a citizen of the United States, you may want to consult with an experienced immigration attorney so you can discuss your options.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.