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Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions Revisions

By October 26, 2022November 1st, 2022No Comments

The United States N-648 Form is a document that should be utilized by foreign nationals who are seeking citizenship in the United States and need to request an exemption from the English and civics testing requirements due to a physical or mental impairment or a developmental disability. Immigrants with such disabilities can submit an N-648 form, as long as they make ensure that their paperwork is filled out and signed by a medical expert. As of recent times, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created some updated policy guidelines and revisions to the N-648 form.

New telehealth standards and a condensed and simplified Form N-648 significantly lower obstacles for applicants and medical practitioners. The updated forms also reflect the administration’s intention to lower obstacles for underrepresented groups.

Based on feedback from the public, changes to Form N-648 lighten the load on applicants and the agency by removing certain questions that are deemed to be not very essential to the process. The questions describing how each relevant handicap impacts particular aspects of the applicant’s daily life, such as their ability to work or attend school, have been eliminated, which is one of the most noteworthy changes. The revised forms also removed information regarding when each illness/impairment was diagnosed, its severity, and if the certifying medical expert already knew the applicant. Overall, the updated form gives the medical practitioner the opportunity to declare if a candidate needs to waive the oath, doing away with the requirement for additional medical records.

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