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How can you get disability accommodations for naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which you can attempt to meet the requirements set by Congress to get U.S. citizenship. For those seeking to immigrate to California or anywhere else in the U.S., naturalization is often necessary to stay here as a legal permanent resident.

In order to complete the naturalization process, you must be eligible to become a U.S. citizen. The process involves completing the naturalization application, also known as Form N-400, taking an oath of allegiance to the United States, and completing an interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Naturalization for people with disabilities

In the U.S. there are laws and protections in place for people with disabilities. These include accommodations for accessibility. If your disability causes you difficulty in completing the naturalization process, USCIS can review your case and may provide disability accommodations for the date you are scheduled to make your appearance at their office.

When advance notice is required

Depending on your particular needs, timely advance notice may be necessary to get accommodations for your appearance date. For example, advance notice is typically warranted if you require additional time for your examination or you need a sign language interpreter. On the other hand, if you only need a USCIS employee to speak loudly and slowly during your interview, that can usually be arranged immediately on your appearance date.

If you are not sure that your particular circumstance will warrant an advance notice, it may be better to contact USCIS ahead of time to ask any questions you have regarding what accommodations are available and inform them of your disability and your needs. Even though USCIS is required by law to provide reasonable accommodations to all people with disabilities, you may need to provide documentation regarding the nature of your disability.