17 Jun 2020

I am a U.S. citizen, and my parents are currently visiting from India. They had planned on going home in May, but that has not been possible. Can I sponsor them for a green card now? Does President Trump’s executive order prohibit that?

Answer U.S. citizens normally can apply for their parents' "green cards" if they are physically present in the U.S. and have been legally admitted. This is done by filing an application for adjustment of status. The rules from the Trump administration, thus far, have had no...

17 Jun 2020

I have a conditional green card and would like to apply for U.S. citizenship. Do I need to wait for my I-751 petition to remove conditions case to be approved before I can apply for citizenship?

Answer This situation actually occurs frequently. One can file the N-400 application for naturalization (i.e., citizenship) while the I-751 is still pending. However, the N-400 cannot be approved until the I-751 has been approved. Occasionally, USCIS officers will have both files, and conduct interviews for both...

27 May 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS Plans to Resume In-Person Services on 04.Jun.2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) will resume on June 4, 2020. Per the announcement, the USCIS is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control...

08 Apr 2020

DOS Suspends Issuance of Most U.S. Passports

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has temporarily suspended offering in-person service at passport agencies during the COVID-19 epidemic. The only exception for this is if the applicant needs a U.S. passport due to a "qualified life-or-death emergency."U.S. citizens may still apply in person at...

02 Apr 2020

I have had a green card for a number of years and am in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. I was recently laid off. Will this impact my naturalization application? Does it matter if I take unemployment benefits?

Answer Ordinarily, being laid off would not impact one's naturalization application. Similarly, applying for unemployment benefits typically would not have any impact on an application for U.S. citizenship. (02.Apr.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...