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Elimination of Citizenship-test Waiver Barriers for Disabled Immigrants

By November 9, 2022November 17th, 2022No Comments

In 2020, under the Trump administration, the United States extended the length of the form that disabled immigrants can use in order to request a citizenship-test waiver. Some of the application’s components have been firmly labeled redundant and no longer having useful value by U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Recently, the government prominently shortened and made several simplifications to the citizenship-test waiver form in order to simplify the process for immigrants with disabilities.

After loads of public feedback that the USCIS has been receiving, they have finally decided to increase the accessibility of the naturalization procedure for candidates with disabilities. The waiver is utilized in order to exempt immigrants who have physical, mental, or learning disabilities from being expected to take the English and civics test requirements in order to gain U.S. citizenship and be able to vote.

According to a statement declared by USCIS Director Ur Jaddou, the revisions are a part of President Joe Biden’s executive order to restore faith in the U.S. immigration system. Another policy adjustment allows applicants who did not correctly fill out their waiver the first time to resubmit their form with the corrected information rather than having to complete brand-new papers. By removing these obstacles, these policy changes will provide immigrants with disabilities a faster and simpler route to citizenship in the United States.

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