U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced policy and form updates aimed at simplifying the naturalization process for applicants with disabilities. These changes align with President Biden's executive orders to enhance legal immigration and promote equity. Specifically, USCIS has revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, making it shorter and more straightforward. The revisions, which follow public input and feedback, eliminate redundant or nonessential questions about how disabilities affect daily life functions, the timing and severity of each disability, and the medical professional's relationship with the applicant.
Moreover, the updated policy includes guidelines for telehealth medical exams, facilitating the process for both applicants and medical professionals. Additionally, USCIS now allows applicants to submit Form N-648 after filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, further streamlining the application process.
USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou emphasized that these changes are in line with USCIS's commitment to removing barriers to naturalization and serving the public more effectively. These adjustments are part of USCIS's response to public needs while fulfilling its mission.