USCIS Facilities for Applicants With Disabilities

July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offer applicants with disabilities the same access to its programs, activities and facilities as it does for other normal applicants. The USCIS provides different accommodations and it depends on the individual’s disability.

Through various measures, the USICS allows applicants with disabilities to successfully participate in the immigration process. If you are not able to use your hands, USCIS will allow you to take the test orally rather than in writing. They also will provide a sign language interpreter for an appointment or a USCIS-sponsored event if you are hearing-impaired. Apart from these, USCIS makes things easier and will you at your home or a hospital if you are not able to travel to a designated location for an interview.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability OR if the disability prevents you from going to the USCIS office as scheduled, just call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD: 1-800-767-1833). But if you are a naturalization applicant who wants an exception from the English and/or civics testing requirements, do not call the NCSC. If you are claiming such exception, file Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. This form is strictly for applicants filing for American citizenship who want to get an exception to the English and civics test because of physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.

You can request an accommodation for any interaction with USCIS that includes an ASC appointment, Info Pass appointment, interview appointment or naturalization ceremony. You can also request an accommodation to attend a USCIS public event such as town hall meeting. To do this, just call the NCSC at any time. If you are seeking an accommodation for an appointment related to your application/petition, call after you receive your appointment notice.

You have the option to mention in the application that you need an accommodation. Even then you are required to call the NCSC. You will have to call the NCSC to request an accommodation for each and every obligation, which means that if you need an accommodation for your biometrics appointment you should call the NCSC and then call again if you need an accommodation for your interview.




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§ One Response to USCIS Facilities for Applicants With Disabilities

  • nancym22 says:

    Under the Rehabilitation act of 1973 reasonable adjustments are provided and applicants who can satisfy them need not submit the Form 648. Among other factors the reasonable adjustments include sign language interpreters, time extension for testing and off site testing. Illiteracy is not a valid reason to request for exception from civics and English requirement of naturalization using Form N-648.

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