Tag Archives: same-sex marriage

DV lottery and same-sex marriage

Q: I was selected for the 2013 diversity visa lottery, but I have not applied for my spouse yet because I’m not sure whether I can bring in my same-sex spouse as a derivative. Can my spouse immigrate to the United States with me under the diversity lottery, even though we got married after I […]

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Can I sponsor for my same-sex partner for green card?

Q: I got married two years ago to my partner, who came into the country illegally many years ago. We have been together for ten years. Now that DOMA has been struck down, can I apply for him to get his green card? A: Thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision on the Defense of […]

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USCIS policy on immigrant petitions filed by a same-sex spouse

Concerning the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, the Department of Homeland Security published the following Frequesntly Asked Questions on its website: Q1:  I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national.  Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based […]

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Marriage Equality in Immigration Law

FINALLY! Marriage Equality in Immigration Law: Green card sponsorship through marriage for same-sex couples with the demise of DOMA On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the discriminatory immigration laws that went with it. In ruling that the section of […]

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Supreme Court DOMA Decision and Immigration

Today (June 26, 2013), the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married same-sex couples.  This ruling will now make these married couples eligible for federal benefits and programs previously only available to heterosexual couples, including those related to employment, health, taxes, and other laws.  In the immigration context, […]

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