N-648 | Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
Citizenship Examination Waiver (Form N-648)
You can request an exemption from the English or civics tests for naturalization if you have a physical, mental, or developmental disability and Dr. Benejam is willing to help you.
Anyone applying for USA Citizenship as part of the naturalization process has to undergo a test or examination. This test is designed to show adequate proficiency in specific subjects such as the English language, USA History, and civic requirements.
However, CIS (citizenship and immigration services) allows for exempting a person from taking the citizenship exam under certain circumstances that can be related to medical and/or mental health conditions. This is done by having a qualified professional (e.g. medical doctor, or psychologist) complete Form N-648 (Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions).
The exemption has to be “medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments which lasted or is expected to last for 12 months”. However, these impairments cannot be due to the illegal abuse of drugs.
For this, a psychological evaluation will assess any physical, developmental, or mental impairment that can interfere with or affect the individual’s concentration, memory, attentional processes, and/or ability to learn.
Once the process is completed, the qualified professional must complete Form N-648 supporting the recommendation to exempt the person from taking the citizenship test.
- The impairment is estimated to continue for at least a year.
- The petitioner must have a medical definite physical or developmental impairment or mental disorder that prevents them from learning English and/or United States history and civics.
- The disability is also not caused by unlawful drug usage. It should be noted that unlawful drug usage may render the applicant deportable; ensure that the patient consults with an attorney.
- POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND DEPRESSION
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
- SIDE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT
A waiver shall be granted to a physically disabled applicant. This is only if the impairment or accompanying symptoms impair his or her capacity to acquire or display knowledge.
The term “suicide” refers to the act of committing suicide, which occurs when a person commits suicide.
In general, N-648s are only allowed if the deafness or blindness is coupled by another impairment and the deafness or blindness exacerbates that disability. As a result, being blind or deaf is not a condition that prevents you from learning.
1. If a blind patient is unable to study English or civics due to their disability, you must demonstrate why.
2. The patient could learn by using audio cassettes at home.
3. Alternatively, they could attend classes where knowledge is provided audibly.
The term “patient” refers to a person who is undergoing treatment.
If this is not possible, USCIS will offer to use a sign language interpreter or to conduct the interview in writing. If a deaf patient is unable to learn despite these accommodations, a careful explanation must be provided.
Getting a Psychological Assessment does not guarantee that the psychologist will fill out the N-648 form for you. Only if the findings of the psychological assessment reveal the presence of a significant impairment or disability will the psychologist complete the N-648 form.
Yes, Dr. Benejam is fluent in both English and Spanish, making it simpler for Hispanic customers to communicate during the evaluation session.
Based on the coverage of your healthcare plan, your insurance company will assess if you are eligible for reimbursement of the cost of this evaluation. Dr. Benejam, on the other hand, does not take any type of health insurance.
Dr. Benejam typically completes these examinations in 7 business days. In most circumstances, this is enough. But, we may expedite results for a rush charge. Please contact Dr. Benejam for further information about rush pricing.
Immigration Psychological Evaluation Process
- Call to discuss your situation and schedule an initial consultation.
- First Appointment: All pertinent information and background is gathered, and the administration of psychiatric instruments begins.
- Further Appointments: If required, more appointments are planned to evaluate data and outcomes.
- Report: The report is forwarded to you for evaluation and approval.
When you approve the report, it is emailed to your attorney.
We work fast to complete the process. The report is usually ready for the following week after we have completed the appointment(s) and administration of psychological instruments.
Obtaining the finest possible evaluation to support your case is crucial as part of this procedure. We are ready to work with you and answer any questions you may have while selecting the appropriate next steps.
I personally answer ALL of my calls and am completely bilingual (Spanish & English). We offer convenient locations in Miami and Boca Raton, and in some circumstances, we may undertake remote examinations with the use of basic technology (e.g. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, etc.).
Your Immigration Status Is Very Important To You And To Your Family, And Your Future!
Taking the right steps can make a big difference in your life. Resolving your immigration status issues will allow you to ultimately live in peace so you can focus all your energy on the future and on the well-being of your family!