There are certain exceptions and also modifications that can be made to the naturalization requirements available to everyone who qualifies. USCIS provides accommodations to certain category of people with different disabilities.
Language (English) Exemptions
You are automatically exempt from The English Language Requirement, even though you are still required to take the civics test if you:
– are more than 50 years old at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years. (Also known as the “50/20” exception).
– are 55 year old or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (also known as the “55/15” exception).
Please note that:
- Despite you might qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exceptions which are listed above, the civics test must still be taken.
- The civic test is possible to taken in your native language.
- When taking the test in your native language, you must first bring an interpreter with you to your interview.
- He/she must be fluent in both English and your native language.
- If you are more than 65 years old and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing for naturalization, you get a special consideration regarding the civics requirement.
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