Naturalization Exceptions & Accommodations
This guide is intended to outline the exception and accommodations available for naturalization applicants.
GenerallyYou may qualify for naturalization if one of the following requirements is met:
You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years;
You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen;
You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces;
Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
ExceptionsThere are exceptions and modifications to the naturalization requirements that are available to those who qualify.
You Are Exempt From The English Language Requirement, But Are Still Required To Take The Civics Test If You Are:
Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years.
Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years.
Further, you may be eligible for an exception to the English and civics naturalization requirements due to a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment. To request this exception, submit Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.
AccommodationsUSCIS also provides accommodations for individuals with disabilities. USCIS provides accommodations or modifications for applicants with physical or mental impairments that make it difficult for them to complete the naturalization process. Applicants should list their needs in the space provided on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.