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Immigration and Citizenship Information for Providers

March 2015:  The National Partnership of Community Training (NPCT) held a webinar providing information about the criteria and process for seeking disability exceptions for citizenship.  They are sharing their Information Guide which addresses the general requirements of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions from a legal, medical and psychological perspective. 

Information Guide:  Assisting Refugees in Applying for Disability Exceptions for US Citizenship


Completing the N-648 form

N-648 Medical Certification for CIS Disability Waivers: Helping Doctors Get It Done         

  • What is an N-648 and why do I have to do it?
  • Why do many immigrants need to become U.S. citizens in order to continue receiving needed benefit?
  • Who is eligible for a disability waiver?
  • Suggestions and examples regarding the completion of the N-648 form, with a link to the current forms
  • Special circumstances:
    • Can an elderly applicant qualify for an N-648 on the basis of old age alone?
    • What if my patient is illiterate in his/her native language?
    • Can an applicant qualify for an N-648 on the basis of a physical disability?
    • What about effects of medication?
    • What is an oath waiver? When does an oath waiver need to be complete


Codes to be considered when completing the form

Under revision


Glossaries of Terms Used

Refugees & Immigrants: Useful Terms & Concepts:   David Roesel MD

Definitions of Terms    Association of Refugee Health Coordinators.


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