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Doctor Quatinetz explains N-648 Disability Exemption evaluations for Immigration
Dr. Lara Quatinetz is a licensed Psychiatrist offering assessments for permanent residents who are seeking an exemption for the Naturalization Citizenship Test due to a disability.
Among other requirements, in order to qualify for citizenship, the applicant must be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government civics. In certain cases, the applicant may have a medical condition or developmental disability that results in the inability to learn English and/or U.S. history and civics. The disability must be present for at least 12 months and must not be the result of illicit drug use. In these cases, the applicant may be eligible for a waiver of all of or part of the English and Civics requirement for Naturalization.
To obtain this waver, form N-648 must be completed by a licensed physician or psychologist. Not all doctors are familiar with the subtleties of this form. It is very important that the doctor that prepares the form N-648 for the applicant explains in detail how the applicant’s disability makes him or her unable to take the Naturalization Test. It is not enough that it would be extremely difficult to take the exam, the applicant must be unable to take the exam because of his or her disability. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will usually reject a medical waiver that includes only conclusory statements about the applicant’s disability. Therefore, it is important the doctor conducting the evaluation include a more thorough description of the nexus between the disability and inability to take the test.
The applicant should contact a doctor qualified to evaluate the applicant’s disability and fill out form N-648. The doctor should schedule at least two visits in person. You should make sure you provide the doctor with as much of your medical record and as much information of your disability as possible. The doctor will then fill out form N-648 and offer his or her professional opinion on whether or not you are able to take the English and/or Civics portion of the exam. The doctor will come to a conclusion based on utilizing medical knowledge and professional judgment. This means you should never try to influence the doctor’s opinion by lying or exaggerating. Everything on form N-648 should be complete, accurate, and true. For these reasons, it is important to work with a qualified medical professional.
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Dr. Lara Quatinetz is a licensed Psychiatrist who conducts N-648 evaluations. She practices in the tri-state area and sees patients in New York City and Westchester County and the surrounding areas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, she can be reached by phone at 646-450-9217 or via email dr.laraquatinetz@
Dr. Lara Quatinetz