For any assistance in the process of becoming a citizen request USCIS!

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Applicants going through the naturalization process may have some disabilities for which USCIS could help them so that they can complete the process of becoming a citizen hassle free.  Normal applicants follow the normal course of action in order to gain US citizenship. Few others though meet all the requirements to become US citizen might have problems like a physical disability. Personal problems might also be a reason and thus expand the duration of time of how long to become citizen in US. Such applicants can seek USCIS accommodation.

For the accommodation requests the policies and procedures USCIS has established to process and handle them include the following:

  • Information about accommodation requisitions should be provided locally  
  • As and when possible a point-of-contact should be designated to handle accommodation requests
  • On a timely basis response is must to inquiries and also up to date reviewing of accommodation requests.
  • Uniform systematic internal procedures for receiving and also for properly filing of request have been established.
  • As and when appropriate requests are processed and accommodations are provided

Steps of accommodation requisition

1. Request submission

Each and every time the applicant needs an accommodation it is their responsibility to request for one in advance. Along with the naturalization application simultaneously the applicant, his or her attorney or qualified representative or his/her legal guardian should generally request an accommodation. The National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD: 1-800-767-1833) however also could be called by the applicant to request an accommodation.  Otherwise at any time during the naturalization process with the field office too applicant may request an accommodation.

2. Request on time

If the request of accommodation is not made in advance or in a timely manner it can affect the ability of the field office to provide an accommodation on the required date. Advance requests may not be required for some types of accommodations and could be provided immediately. Requests of the applicant like the need for the USCIS employee to speak louder or slowly to him/her or while answering during the examination more time required to answer etc are such examples.  But without advance planning other types of accommodations may be difficult to be provided.  Provision of a sign language interpreter, more time for the examination or an off-site examination scheduling etc are some examples.

Evidence and support documents

On a case by case basis each request for an accommodation is evaluated by USCIS. In order to evaluate a request for some rare cases documents may be needed but mostly an applicant is not required to include his or her medical condition proof documents.

Provision of requested accommodation

On the date and time when the applicant is schedule to appear a field office should provide the accommodation if it has been a reasonable one. Without any changes to the appointment of the applicant the field office should plan to provide the requested accommodation. As soon as possible the applicant and his or her attorney or qualified representative should be notified in case an accommodation cannot be provided for the scheduled appointment. Also within a reasonable period of time the applicant’s appointment should be rescheduled.

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