Senator Murphy’s office worked with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to remove a hold on the status of Mohammad Wardeh’s certificate of naturalization.
“Mohammed has been through a lot since leaving Syria, but despite it all, he has chosen to serve to our country and become a U.S. citizen. That should inspire us all. Helping people like Mohammed is some of the most rewarding work I do in the Senate,” said Murphy. “I’m thrilled that my office could step in to help, and I hope that anyone in Connecticut who needs assistance will reach out to us – that’s what we’re here for.”
Wardeh has lived in Danbury for the past three years with his wife and three children. He works as a web developer for the United Nations. Wardeh grew up in Syria before taking a job with the UN in 2005.
After spending two years in Geneva, Switzerland, Wardah entered the United States on a G-4 visa. G-4 visas are granted to employees of international organizations. In 2012, Wardeh was granted asylum in the United States.
“I can’t thank Senator Murphy and his staff enough. I am so grateful for what they’ve done to help me. It’s sentimental to become a citizen of the country that I signed up to serve and put my life on the line for. It’s a real honor and a privilege,” said Mr. Mohammed Wardeh. “Being a Muslim in this country during this time of polarization can be tough, but I trust the system that is there to protect us and I feel a real sense of belonging here.”