LGBT clients who have questions about a green card through marriage often ask about the process for someone who illegally entered the U.S., or has HIV, or is not ‘out’ to family, or was previously in an opposite-sex marriage. Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist Lynn Olinger, an immigration attorney in Dallas serving clients throughout the… Read More »
The Supreme Court declared marriage equality legal in all 50 states. Thank you justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan.
The U.S. will immediately begin recognizing marriage equality in visa applications. The State Department today announced that the same benefits are available to all lawfully married persons – whether same-sex or opposite-sex. The announcement was made in response to last month’s historic Supreme Court decision on DOMA’s unconstitutionality. “As long as a marriage has been… Read More »
“Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act . . .is no longer an impediment to the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages and spouses under the Immigration and Nationality Act if the marriage is valid under the laws of the State where it was celebrated.” So ruled the national Board of Immigration Appeals on July 17, 2013,… Read More »
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 26, 2013 statment about immigration benefits following the Supreme Court’s declaration of DOMA’s unconstitutionality: I applaud today’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor holding that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This discriminatory law denied thousands of legally married same-sex couples many important… Read More »
DOMA is ruled unconstitutional. The Supreme Court issued its decision this morning. Read it here. Federal law, including benefits, must now apply equally to all legally married couples – whether same sex or opposite sex. Gay married couples may now seek applicable IMMIGRATION BENEFITS.
When it comes to sponsoring a husband or wife for a green card, you’re better off dead than gay.
3 Ways DOMA Hinders Immigration Benefits
4 Steps To Start Making Things Better
DOMA, the Defense Of Marriage Act, treats a U.S. citizen’s same-sex spouse as a legal stranger. DOMA ‘s Section 3 defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Many immigration benefits available to married heterosexual couples are denied to same-sex married couples.