Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States vs. Windsor, invalidating the so-called Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, which barred the federal government from recognizing any marriage that was not between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court’s decision has far-reaching implications in federal law, including immigration.
President Obama immediately instructed his cabinet to implement the decision “swiftly and smoothly.” Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, issued a press release stating that she would work with the Attorney General to assure “that all married couples are treated fairly and equally in the administration of our immigration laws.”
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender foreign nationals will now be eligible for the same immigration benefits through marriage in immigration that their straight counterparts have been eligible for, so long as they have been married in a state or country that performs same-sex marriages. This includes visa petitions for immigrants and non-immigrants, as well as a myriad of defenses from deportation. Presumably, the federal government will also recognize step-child and step-parent relationships, as well as fiancee relationships, involving same-sex spouses.
At Joseph & Hall P.C., we have actively been working on immigration benefits for same-sex couples for quite some time now. We are pleased to begin filing for immigration benefits for same-sex couples immediately, for those couples that have entered into valid and lawful marriages in those American 13 states and the District of Columbia, or any country which recognizes same-sex marriages.
If you believe that you may be impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision, please contact our office immediately to set up an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys.
Progress and momentum toward Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013 continues to build. On March 31, senators from the “Gang of 8” announced that they had reached substantive agreement on the…
Joseph & Hall P.C. is a full-service immigration law firm. We pride ourselves on being nationwide experts in all areas of immigration law, including the practice areas listed below. Our attorneys frequently are asked to speak both locally and nationally on a wide variety of immigration topics. For an overview of each practice area, please click the links below. If you have any questions about how these practice areas may apply to your case, please do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Countless people dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. If your application was rejected by the USCIS, we are here to fight for your best interests.
Get in touch with us. Write us a message.