Are there accommodations for disabilities during testing?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2022 | Immigration, Naturalization |

The naturalization test is an exciting step toward the end of your journey to U.S. citizenship. As you anticipate this event, you may have concerns about accommodations if you have a disability.

By law, you have the right to request accommodations if your condition interferes with your testing abilities. Knowing what to expect may improve your preparation and confidence.

Time, breaks and location

If you think you need testing accommodations, inquire about them in advance of your test date. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recommends listing your disability and any unique needs on Form N-400. This will give you a jumpstart on making sure you have what you need to successfully test.

If you have a mental impairment, you might need more time than the allotted max. Or, you may need to take a brief break sometime during the test. In extenuating circumstances, you could need to take the test offsite. All of these accommodations are ones you can request if you meet specific criteria.

Processes and support

Other accommodations you may ask for include the assistance of a sign language interpreter or help with signing and marking testing documents. You might also need the accompaniment of a legal guardian if you have various physical or developmental disabilities.

Testing officials will provide strict instructions on what is and is not allowed so you can stay in compliance with testing regulations. Your disability should never be a reason you cannot complete your citizenship journey. Your preparation for testing might look different and you may need the assistance of various people or resources, but with the right support, you can become a citizen just the same as anyone else.