Immigration benefits, same-sex marriage and recent SCOTUS ruling

On June 26th 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex married couples have equal rights and protection of the law.  Thus, with a stroke of the SCOTUS pen, same-sex marriage is now legal in every state. Over the past few days, our office has received a number of[…]

DOMA- Green Card- USCIS Issues Guidance!

This morning, The Department of Homeland Security issued much anticipated guidance on filing of same-sex marriage-based green card petitions.  Below is a copy of the text from the DHS website.  Here is a link to the website for ease of reference. As you may recall from our previous post, Director Mayorkas stated last week at[…]

DOMA- green card-USCIS

At the AILA annual conference, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote speech.  With an audience of almost 4000 immigration lawyers, the Director said what we all wanted to hear on DOMA.  He said that since 2011 when the Obama administration said that DOMA was unconstitutional, they have kept a list of all I-130s that[…]

Same-sex marriage and immigration?

On Monday, February 14th, 2012, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed into law a measure that makes Washington state the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage. She stated that it was “a day historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights”. The law is set to take effect on June 7th of this year, but already opponents[…]

USCIS Puts Cases Involving Same-Sex Partners on Hold

More positive news for same-sex couples and immigration benefits (copied from AILA): Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11032842 (posted Mar. 28, 2011)” AILA has learned that USCIS headquarters has issued guidance to the field placing the adjudication of cases involving same-sex partners on hold while USCIS awaits final guidance relating to distinct legal issues[…]

Traction in the fight for immigrations benefits for same-sex couples

On February 23, 2011, President Obama declared that he and his administration will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and he  concludes that all laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation should be presumed unconstitutional.  Here is the press release.  Since then, there has been more chatter about obtaining immigration[…]