Forensic Psychological Evaluation for Citizenship Examination Waiver

Psychological evaluations are performed explore possible reason to o supplement a request for Citizenship Examination Waiver.  A legal resident of the United States may lack the skills or capacities needed to pass citizenship examinations such as the civics and English proficiency tests. Impairments in memory, head injuries, dementia (e.g., Alzheimer), illiteracy, and learning disabilities may prevent the passing of the tests. The psychological evaluation identifies and documents the impairments that prevent new learning.

In addition to conducting psychological evaluations, the forensic psychologist (expert witness) working on immigration cases should be a capable expert witness and consultant.  As an expert witness, the testimony of the forensic psychologist (expert witness) must convey professionalism, credibility, and mastery of the subject.  The testimony should never be influenced by the expert’s emotions or personal beliefs.  The expert witness must convey that the opinions given are impartial and based on the highest standards of practice.  As a consultant, the forensic expert works for the retaining party.  The purpose of the consulting psychologist is using his training and experience to assist the employer without compromising the professional and ethical standards.  Prior to accepting a case, the consultant should receive a summary of the case, as this would help determine whether the expertise of the forensic psychologist (expert witness) can be of service to the hiring party and could help reduce ethical concerns.

The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions is a form completed by the forensic psychologist who assesses the permanent legal resident who is now applying for American citizenship (naturalization) but cannot pass the civics and history exams exam or cannot learn English.  The focus of the evaluation are the Medical Exemption Requirements​.

The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions was created after congress decided in 1994 that an exemption could be granted to citizenship applications who could not meet the educational requirements to earn United States (US) citizenship.  Exemption of the educational requirements is based on physical or developmental disability that are documented by a medical professional or psychologist on the N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions.

​ The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions is used by a medical professional or psychologist to document that the applicant for citizenship suffers some form of medical, psychological, or developmental impairment that does not allow him to meet t​he English ​and ​civics requirements to attain the united states (US) citizenship.

The civics, history, and English requirements for citizenship do not apply to naturalization applicants who suffer “medically determinable” physical disability, developmental disability or mental impairment.  “medically determinable” is assessed by a medical professional or psychologist who completes the The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions.

​The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions was created after indicates that the disability presented by the applicant must be present 12 month prior application and must affect the functioning of the individual despite reasonable accommodations.

The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions was created after must provide evidence that the application requesting naturalization cannot meet the education requirements

The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions must explain that Illiteracy alone is not sufficient to give exemption from the education requirements for naturalization.  The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions must document that advanced age alone is not a reason to give exemption for the exam needs for naturalization.  Age and illiteracy are not sufficient for is not a medically determinable physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.​

The legal permanent resident (LPR) who wants to become an American citizen has to submit the Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions (N-648) to apply for exemption of the exams that include civics, history, and English. The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions is completed by a licensed medical professional or a licensed psychologist.  The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions must indicate that the legal permanent resident who is applying for united states (American) citizenship has a medical condition that keeps than from English requirement, the civics requirement, or both requirements need to obtain naturalization.

​The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions can be submitted pretty much at any point during the process of application for American citizenship (naturalization).  The applicant seeking exemption for the exams of civics, history, or English can submit N-648 at the beginning when the American citizenship (naturalization) application is submitted, during the first ​examination​, or during the re​-​examination.  The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions can also be submitted during rehearing on a denied American citizenship (naturalization) (naturalization application). ​

​The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions is completed to request an exemption of the civics, history, or English portion of the exams that have to be taken when the legal permanent resident is applying for American citizenship (naturalization).  There is another process that allows the persona applying for naturalization to have accommodations during the exam portion of the naturalization process.

The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions and USCIS can only be completed by licensed medical professionals to certify the disability exemption form:  The N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions indicates that these medical professionals include medical doctors and licensed psychologists.

​When the N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exemptions is completed, the medical professional has to meet the naturalization applicant in person, explain the type of impairment, why the naturalization applicant cannot take the civics, history, English exams for naturalizations.

Based in South Florida, Florida Forensic Psychology conducts immigration psychological evaluations to assess whether an applicant is eligible for exemptions of the civics, history, and/or English examinations.  FFP offers services in all of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and other states.