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To complete the naturalization application, you must complete the immigration exam. The immigration exam consists of a series of ten civics and history questions, as well as an English portion, in which you have to write and read a sentence in English. A score of six out of ten is considered a passing grade for the civics/history portion. For the most part, the immigration exam is not a problem for most applicants as many take practice tests to prepare. If you are concerned about taking your immigration exam in San Diego and would like help understanding what to do and how to make sure you present the best case possible, call our office. Our immigration attorneys could help you get everything in order and make the process as smooth as possible.

Can I Take the Naturalization Exam in Another Language?

Applicants in San Diego usually have to take the immigration exam in English. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If an applicant is 50 years old and they have been a green card holder for 20 years, or if they are 55 years old and have been an LPR for 15 years, then they can take the exam in your own language. In these situations, the applicant must bring an interpreter who must bring an ID with them to show who they are. If someone is over 65 and they have had their green card for 20 years or more than they can take shorter tests and have an interpreter.

Medical Exemption from the Immigration Exam

To be granted a waiver, the applicant must present substantial evidence that there is a fundamental medical problem that affects their brain or body, and that this ailment prevents them from learning English or civics. Typically, this involves people who have permanent disabilities. Applicants in these situations also must provide evidence that they have been in treatment. It is a very high standard, which is not an easy waiver to receive. To obtain a medical disability for an immigration exam in San Diego, an applicant must get a doctor to certify on form N-648 that they are medically incapable of learning English sufficiently to take the exam. Additionally, the doctor has to certify the origin, the nature, and the extent of the disability. That means where did the disability come from, how severe it is, and how long pending it will be. We have had a lot of cases where people come to see us, they have had an N-648 denied because they did not do a good enough job of explaining, with a doctor’s help, what the extent of the condition is.

Speak with a San Diego Attorney About the Immigration Exam

The immigration exam in San Diego is an important part of the naturalization process as it is one of the final steps before being granted citizenship. As such, it is important to be prepared. Our dedicated attorney could help you and determine if you have a viable reason to have this requirement waived. For more information, call today.

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