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...

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...