23 Jul 2020

I have applied to become a U.S. citizen and am just waiting to be sworn in. Once I become a citizen, how long do I have to wait to sponsor my parents for green cards?

Answer Ordinarily, a U.S. citizen who is at least 21-years-of-age is permitted to sponsor their parents for green cards. Once the naturalization process is complete, there is no requirement that the person wait any period of time before initiating this process. (20.Jul.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior...

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...

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...

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...

27 Nov 2019

I am a U.S. citizen, and I recently filed a family-based green card case for my sister, who is disabled. Is there a way to expedite the process based on her disability?

Answer It is possible to ask USCIS to expedite an I-130 petition. However, unless there is a compelling reason, the USCIS is likely to deny such a request. More importantly, even if the request is granted, this actually would not resolve your issue.There is an extensive...