Being able to become a citizen of the United States is one of the greatest feats a person can achieve. One aspect of naturalization is the civics and language test. Understandably, not everyone has the ability to pass this test because of language barriers, capacity, and other reasons. The USCIS provides accommodations for people of a certain age and those with disabilities to make the process as fair as possible. Below, we break down the accommodations provided for people taking the naturalization test.
English language exemptions
You may be eligible for an exemption if you are over 5o at the time of filing and have lived in the United States with a green card for 20 years. This rule is called the 50/20 exception. You may also be exempt if you are over 55 at the time of filing and have lived in the United States as a green card holder for at least 15 years. This is often referred to as the 55/15 exception. Though these exceptions are available, you may still be obligated to take the civics exam, most likely in your own language. You must bring an interpreter who is fluent in both English and your native language. For those over 65 who have been a permanent lawful resident for over 20 years, there may be even further accommodations regarding the civics exam.
Contact an attorney
Naturalization is a significant step in one’s life. It is important to have an attorney along the way to ensure a smooth process with no delay or denial.
The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout New York City. Our experienced attorneys understand how much is at stake when legal matters arise. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please contact the office to discuss your circumstances and options.