Exceptions to the Naturalization Requirements

Sep 23, 2015 | Naturalization

Basics on Waivers of Inadmissibility: Essential Guide for Law Firms

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In this article, we dive deep into everything you need to know about waivers of inadmissibility, from eligibility criteria to the application process.

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Eligibility Criteria for Adjustment of Status

Are you ready to streamline your clients’ path to U.S. citizenship?

Knowing the exceptions to the naturalization requirements can make all the difference in their journey.

Imagine handling more cases, increasing your revenue, and reducing your stress with this vital knowledge.

This article breaks down the critical exceptions, ensuring you can provide the best advice and service to your clients.

As a Miami immigration lawyer, it may interest some clients to know that there are exceptions and modifications to the naturalization requirements that are available to those who qualify. USCIS also provides accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

English Language Exemptions


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   (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception).
    OR
  • 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 (commonly referred to as the “55/15” exception).

Note:

  • Even if you qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exceptions listed above, you must still take the civics test.
  • You will be permitted to take the civics test in your native language.
  • If you take the test in your native language, you must bring an interpreter with you to your interview.
  • Your interpreter must be fluent in both English and your native language.
  • If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing for naturalization, you will be given special consideration regarding the civics requirement.

Should you have any questions in regard to English language exceptions, you may want to consult with a Miami immigration lawyer.

Medical Disability Exceptions to English and Civics


You may be eligible for an exception to the English and civics naturalization requirements if you are unable to comply with these requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment. Again, if you have any questions about medical disability exceptions, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

Continuous Residence Exceptions


If you are engaged in certain kinds of overseas employment you may be eligible for an exception to the continuous residence requirement. Again, you should speak with a Miami immigration lawyer if you have any questions in regard to this.

Disability Accommodations


Then USCIS provides accommodations or modifications for applicants with physical or mental impairments that make it difficult for them to complete the naturalization process. You may want to discuss your need for disability accommodations with a Miami immigration lawyer.

If you would like more information on exceptions or accommodations to naturalization requirements, please contact Miami immigration lawyer The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A., Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at tmsilvalaw.com.