01 Apr 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS In-Person Services Suspended Until at Least 03.May.2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) will remain suspended until at least May 3, 2020. In-person services may resume on May 4, 2020, depending upon what transpires with...

12 Mar 2020

U.S. Imposes 30-Day Travel Ban on 26 European Countries

On March 11, 2020, President Trump announced a 30-day ban on all travel from the 26 European countries encompassing the Schengen Area, beginning Friday, March 13th. Certain individuals are exempt from the 30-day ban, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their direct family members....

20 Feb 2020

I got my green card through my employer 4 1/2 years ago. To apply for citizenship, I understand that I need to be able to show five years of continuous residence in the U.S. However, my friend told me that I actually can file 3 months before reaching the 5-year mark. Is that true?

Answer In most circumstances, a naturalization application may be filed up to 3 months before the continuous residence requirements are met. This, of course, assumes one meets all of the other standard requirements to naturalize. See the MurthyDotCom InfoArticle, Basic Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization (05.Apr.2017) for...

16 Jan 2020

Does the U.S. allow for dual citizenship?

Answer U.S. law does not prohibit a person from being a dual citizen. But, depending on the circumstances, there are certain complications that can arise; and one must take into consideration the laws of the other country regarding dual citizenship. (16.Jan.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys...

05 Dec 2019

I am a green card holder and will be applying for U.S. citizenship next year. If I get health insurance through Obamacare, will that prevent my citizenship application from being approved because of the new public charge rule?

Answer Several federal courts have blocked the new public charge rule from going into effect. Even if the rule eventually does go into effect, however, it normally would not have any impact on an application to become a U.S. citizen. There is no public charge analysis...