Can I Take the Naturalization Exam in my Native Language?
Recently, a client came to my office and asked me if they were able to take the citizenship test in their own language; in this case it was Spanish. There’s a very simple answer to that question: It all depends on two factors. Number one, how long you’ve had your green card. If you are 50 years old and have had your green card for twenty years, you would qualify from the English language exemption, if you are 55 years old and have had the green card for 15 years, you would also have qualified for the exemption.
There is a third way to qualify for an English language exemption: that is a medical exemption. If you have a disability, either physical or mental, that would prevent you from being able to take the civics and history test in the English language, there is a special form that you would fill out and have your doctor complete and certify that you are unable to take the test in English. This is discretionary; just because the doctor fills out the form and certifies does not mean that immigration will always accept it. However, there are these three ways of qualifying for the English language exemption and many times they are very successful.
If you are in need of an experienced immigration attorney, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to meet with you and discuss your available options.