The naturalization test is a big part of the process of gaining U.S. citizenship status. Designed to test your understanding of English and civics, your preparation for your testing appointment requires commitment.
Regardless of a disability, you have the right to assistance to allow you a fair chance at successfully passing the test. You can request accommodation so long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
A variety of accommodations are available that cover several disabilities. Some examples include the following:
- Accompaniment of a guardian or family member
- Breaks during the test
- Closed captioning
- Sign language assistance via interpreters
- Location accommodations if you cannot travel
Requesting an accommodation
Prior to requesting accommodation, you will want to make sure you have adequate evidence of your condition. Record your symptoms and detail how your condition impacts your ability to test. You might consider including doctors’ notes or other evidence to substantiate your claim.
Never wait until your test appointment to ask for help. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, request an accommodation as soon as you receive your test appointment. Contact the appropriate party and make sure you understand what they need from you to have the accommodations available on the date of your test.
If officials deny your request, you can resubmit it or file a complaint. If you choose to resubmit your request, try to add additional information about your condition. You deserve to feel confident about your ability to successfully pass the naturalization test even if you require assistance.