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Age & Physical Presence Exceptions to Citizenship Test

Accommodations Available to Older Applicants

As an accommodation to certain older applicants, USCIS will grant some exceptions to those taking the English and civics exams for citizenship. If you or a family member is over 65 and applying for naturalization, contact Fayad Law, P.C. so that we can help you get an easier version of the civics and English exams. As we get older, it can be far more difficult to learn a new language or remember factual material, so aged applicants can request and take an easier form of the English and civics test. Green card holders aged 65 and up who have lived in the United States as permanent residents for at least 20 years can take a far simpler version of the which is known as the 65/20 exception. The test is far easier as there are only 20 questions to study, rather than the 100 that other applicants will be required to study and be tested on. Only ten of the questions will be asked of the older applicant with the 65/20 exception, and the applicant must answer only six questions correctly to pass the exam.

Continuous Physical Presence: Certain Exceptions to the Rule

Some applicants may qualify for an exception to the continuous physical presence within the United States as a requirement prior to applying for and obtaining citizenship. If you are a U.S. government employee working abroad, you are exempt to the continuous presence requirement, as it is deemed that your residence in the United States is preserved during the time working abroad. Similarly, members of media organizations, interpreters, security-related managers and executives, those in the military, some who serve in various religious vocations and the spouses and children of those who qualify under these categories can have their residency preserved while out of the United States.

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