Form N-648 is a form that helps immigrants apply for citizenship. It is a requirement for applicants who have lived in the United States for five years or more. Without this waiver, individuals who possess mental, physical, or developmental disabilities might not be able to complete the requirements of the citizenship test. This form can be the accommodation individuals need to have the opportunity to become U.S. citizens.
This article will discuss who is eligible to use the form in their applications, what applications this can assist with, and the benefits of using a psychological report alongside this form for your citizenship application. As you will discover, there are benefits to using both Form N-648 with a psychological evaluation. So, without further ado, let’s first discuss who is eligible for this waiver!
Who is Eligible for This Waiver?
Individuals are eligible for this waiver if they possess a medically diagnosed condition or impairment, such as a physical, psychological, or learning disability. For some citizens, it is a learning disability that prevents them from learning history and civics, but for others, it could also be psychological due to documented trauma. Therefore, several different disabilities and impairments could be mentioned on this form.
Some of the individual disabilities or impairments used include severe anxiety, depression, or even stress, often together with other physical conditions that they may experience. If your impairment or disability could hinder your ability to take the test, you are likely eligible to fill out this form.
It’s crucial to understand that this waiver does not mean that the individual still has to prove they can write and speak English. Instead, in many cases, this waiver shows that their disability or impairment prevents them from being able to do so or that they have difficulty compared with others.
How to Show Eligibility on Form N-648
Individuals must demonstrate that there is at least a year’s worth of documentation regarding their condition, if not longer. They also have to show that their disability or impairment is permanent or long-lasting, significantly impacting their ability to interview or take portions of the test.
However, the permanent condition cannot result from illegal drug overdoses or abuse, which would cause the individual to be deported back home. All other causes are acceptable and would not result in deportation.
Who Can Help Fill Out This Waiver?
A medical professional must complete the waiver for those interested in this form. Medical professionals such as medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, or mental health clinicians are available to complete these forms, and many have experience helping applicants with this waiver. However, these doctors must be located in the United States to be able to assist with this form.
The Requirements for the Naturalization Process in the United States
When applying to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, a few things are required, including the form we have discussed. Here’s a complete list of what will be needed when you apply for the naturalization process:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of disability
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
- Form N-648
- Required Fee
There are quite a few requirements for the citizenship test, so be sure to collect these documents quickly to ensure you fulfill all of the requirements! For details on the required fee, you can check with USCIS to learn more.
What Can Applications Form N-648 Be Used for?
This specific form is commonly only associated with the naturalization process or the citizenship application. This documentation is crucial for those seeking citizenship but needing proof that their disability would prevent them from completing the test to the best of their ability.
This form might be necessary for other applications in the future, but for now, it remains only connected to citizenship. Yet, this form could also be used with another important document to support your waiver: a psychological report, which would show stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental conditions.
The Value of a Psychological Report to Your Application
When it comes to proving physical and developmental disabilities, there are often hidden mental and psychological challenges that are important to include in such an application. While not immediately included in the citizenship process, a psychological report can add significant value to your application.
By completing a psychological report, individuals may be able to document a learning disability, demonstrate how anxiety and stress impact their lives, or even show through their psychological evaluation with a registered immigration psychotherapist that their mental conditions are far too cumbersome for them to be able to complete the test as everybody else could.
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, or other mental impairments, an adequately documented psychological evaluation from an immigration psychotherapist could be the perfect addition to your application for citizenship. With a registered immigration psychotherapist, your psychological report could demonstrate the extent of your disability and its impact.
With a psychological evaluation, you would have the support that you need to demonstrate your need for a waiver to complete the test with appropriate accommodations to ensure that you have a fair chance at receiving the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen.
Get Started on Your Psychological Report for Naturalization Today
A psychologist’s letter for immigration or a psychological report can be a valuable tool to support your citizenship application. A psychologist is trained to help you understand the process and what is required. They will also be able to help prepare for the interview, which can be one of the most stressful parts of applying for a visa.
To ensure that you succeed with your citizenship application, it is highly recommended that you connect with a psychologist to begin your application preparation today and conduct a formal report to collect evidence for your case.
To get started with your psychological evaluation, contact me to get started. I am a qualified psychotherapist with extensive experience assisting people with their visa applications. I am familiar with the process and requirements and can help you navigate the application process. Let’s get started on your visa application together.