Policy Memorandum: Revised Guidance for Determining the Sufficiency of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions [open pdf - 9MB]
"This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to USCIS Officers for determining the sufficiency of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. The guidance in this memorandum supersedes all previous guidance dealing specifically with N-648s and, accordingly, revises pertinent chapters of the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM). Section 312 of the INA, as amended, requires applicants for naturalization to demonstrate an understanding ofthe English language and knowledge of the history, principles and form of government of the United States. In accordance with Section 312(b)(l) of the INA, any person can seek an exception if he or she is unable to satisfy these requirements due to a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment. Form N-648 must be certified by a qualified medical professional as mandated in 8 CFR 312.2(b )(2). Over the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received significant internal and external feedback from stakeholders, including medical professionals, regarding Form N-648. In response to this feedback, USCIS initiated an in-depth evaluation of the Form N-648 process, including a review of the form, guidance memoranda, and training materials, coordinated within the Field Operations and Fraud Detection and National Security"
Policy Memorandum: PM-602-0019
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/