During an immigrant’s path to becoming an American citizen, that person will likely have to complete a naturalization test.
Test participants are required to take and pass the civics test and English test to fulfill the requirements of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Although the naturalization test is mandatory, there are a few exceptions and accommodations that are allowed.
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Those age 50 and older who have been permanent residents of the United States for 20 years are eligible to skip the English language section of the test. Those age 55 and older who have lived inside the United States for 15 years also may skip the English portion of the naturalization test, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
If a test taker meets any of these requirements, they are also eligible to take the civics test in their native language.
Someone can be exempted from the English and civics portions of the naturalization test if they hold a developmental or physical disability that meets the requirements of a submitted N-648 Form. However, the form must be filled out by a licensed osteopathic or medical doctor, or a licensed clinical psychologist.
The naturalization test, in addition to requiring the English and civic test, also requires proof of continuous residency in America. This requirement can be waived if the applicant is affiliated in overseas business or employment.
If someone fails their Naturalization test, they are able to take it again, according to Nolo
. Applicants are able to request result sheets that explain the outcome of their naturalization test.
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