In general, applicants for naturalization must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage. Applicants must also demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history and principles and form of government of the ​United States​ (civics). These are the English and civics requirements for naturalization.​

An applicant may be eligible for an exception to the English requirements if he or she is a certain age and has been an LPR for a certain period of time. In addition, an applicant who has a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment may be eligible for a medical exception of both the English and civics requirements.​ [2] See INA 312 and 8 CFR 312. See Part E, English and Civics Testing and Exceptions [12 USCIS-PM E].


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See Part E, English and Civics Testing and Exceptions​ [​12 USCIS-PM E​] and ​Part B, Naturalization Examination [​12 USCIS-PM B​]​.​

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See ​INA 312​ and ​8 CFR 312​.​See Part E, English and Civics Testing and Exceptions​ [​12 USCIS-PM E​].​