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heacock
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Posted On: 6/7/2019
heacock
heacock
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I am a U.S. citizen who moved to Canada in 1991. I gained my PR status through my first marriage. I have been living and working in Canada since 1991. I have been on disability for many years due to multiple sclerosis.

I would like to apply for Canadian citizenship status but have Multiple Sclerosis. My disability makes it impossible for me to pass the Canadian history portion of the citizenship test. What exceptions, if any, are made for people with disabilities who want to apply for citizenship status?

My multiple sclerosis adversely affects my memory and retaining information about Canadian history is not possible for me. If I can provide information from my doctor detailing the limits of my disability can I be exempted from that portion of the requirements?

The Disability Act of Canada prohibits discrimination based upon physical or mental disability so is that Act applicable in this situation?

It is impossible for me to definitively retain information, like Canadian history.

My mind periodically recalls and forgets information at random.

Thank you.
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Posted On: 6/30/2019
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be interested in this type of information.

You can find some information regarding Citizenship waivers: Medical opinions on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

You may also want to contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Call Centre directly for some information specific to your situation.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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