With help from Legal Services, Adianet Dieguez, a 20 year-old developmentally disabled young lady was able to naturalize and become a U.S. Citizen. About ten years ago, she fled Cuba and legally entered the U.S. with her parents. During this time, she has been enrolled in a special needs school, but she is unable to work because of a developmental and intellectual disability caused by a chromosomal abnormality. When Adianet’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits were discontinued, her mother came to Legal Services for assistance.
Legal Services Attorney Jocelyn Armand helped her complete the naturalization application and successfully provided medical evidence in support of Form N-648, a waiver claiming a disability exemption since Adianet suffers from severe mental impairments, which make her unable to take and pass the citizenship test. Additionally, Armand filed a request to designate her mother as an authorized representative to answer the questions related to her application at the interview, and an oath waiver given her inability to comprehend it. Then, Armand accompanied them to the interviews to ensure the case was properly handled. Subsequently, USCIS informed Adianet’s naturalization application had been approved.
As a result of her naturalization to U.S. Citizen, Adianet will have greater access to healthcare and other services, and her SSI benefits have been reinstated to provide her with a much-needed safety net.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit https://www.legalservicesmiami.org/self-help or call 305-576-0080 to apply for services.