USCIS accommodates disabled applicants also for US citizenship.

USC accomodation

To the naturalization process modifications are made by USCIS in order to house US citizenship applicants with disabilities. For the successful completion of the naturalization process USCIS aims to provide equal opportunities to applicants with disabilities. Without making any type of major modification because of which there would a fundamental change in the naturalization process or cause undue burden to the agency USCIS would make every effort and make adjustments for naturalization applicant with disabilities. Also such applicants could check citizenship status sitting at home online.

USCIS and applicants with disabilities

As adjustments vary pertaining to the applicant’s disability and it nature on a case by case basis USCIS evaluates the disability adjustment requests accordingly. To requests of the person with a disability USCIS gives the primary consideration while determining what type of accommodation is necessary.

Wherever appropriate the unique needs of the applicant are addressed when USCIS provides requested accommodation or an effective option to the applicants with disabilities.

At the time of filing the naturalization application or at any other time during the naturalization process accommodation may be requested by the applicants.

Programs for disabled

In the administration of the programs and benefits of the all federal agencies its mandatory to provide reasonable adjustments to the persons with disabilities according to the Rehabilitation Act. From its programs or activities thus based on their disability USCIS does not exclude persons with disabilities. To have an equal opportunity to participate in the USCIS programs, including the naturalization process, they are provided with accommodations by USCIS in order to help applicants with any type of disabilities. Therefore the Rehabilitation Act and the implemented Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations are met by USCIS.

How do accommodations and waivers differ?

From the legislative waivers or exceptions the accommodations are different. The applicant is excused from meeting that educational requirement, for example, if an officer grants a waiver from the educational requirements in the naturalization process.

For an applicant with any kind of disability to take part in the naturalization process the modification done to an existing practice or procedure is what is referred to by an accommodation.

No excuse from the responsibilities to be able to satisfy all the applicable requirements for naturalization is provided by the accommodation though to the applicants with disabilities.  Just a modification to the way any applicant would prove his/her ability to be meeting the requirements is what the accommodation is all about.

Information on legal acts for naturalization

The following acts and rules are implemented during the naturalization process especially for the disabled applicants.

  • According to the section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act all applicants must be ensured to get an equal opportunity to federal programs.
  • Under any federal grants and programs no discrimination should be done among applicants according to United States Code Title 29 Section 794.
  • For persons who access Department of Homeland Security programs or activities based on their disability no discrimination is allowed according to federal regulations of DHS according to Code of Federal Regulations – Title 6 part15.
  • For applicants who are sick or with disabilities examination and off site visits are allowed according to Code of Federal Regulations -Title 8 part 334.4 (8 CFR 334.4).
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