People who come to Miami, anywhere throughout Florida or the entire U.S. and are seeking naturalization might be intimidated by all the various rules that have to be followed in completing the task. While these rules are in place to provide a level playing field for those who choose to apply for naturalization, there are also exceptions and accommodations that are available to certain people. If an applicant meets the criteria, it is possible to receive these.
There is an English language exception available to those who are age 50 and older when they file and have lived in the U.S. as a green card holder – a permanent resident – for 20 years. This is known as the “50/20” exception. A person who is at least age 55 and is filing for naturalization must have lived with a green card in the U.S. for 15 years. This is known as the “55/15” exception. It is still required to take the civics test. This will be given in the native language of the applicant. If that is that case, an interpreter must be brought along with the interpreter needing to be fluent in both languages. People who are 65 or older and have had a green card for a minimum of 20 years will be given special consideration with the civics test.
Those who have a medical disability whether it is physical, developmental or mental might also be granted an exception for the civics requirements if they cannot comply with them. A form must be filled out and signed by a licensed medical professional. People who have continuous residence can have an exception if they are working on certain types of overseas work. Disabled people can have accommodations and modifications if there have mental or physical disabilities making it hard for them to fulfill the requirements for naturalization.
Finally, with the Oath of Allegiance, the law will let there be modifications to this if it is required. The Oath is done publicly and is necessary to be naturalized. Immigrants who would like to apply for naturalization need to be fully aware of the rules for the naturalization test. These exceptions and accommodations are in place to assist those who want U.S. citizenship. For those who are concerned about any aspect of naturalization or need help in getting these exceptions and accommodations, a legal professional can help.
Source: uscis.gov, “Exceptions & Accommodations,” accessed on April 19, 2016