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USCIS Same-Sex Marriage FAQ Update

Filed August 16, 2013 in Green Cards, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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blurred green light 122541138Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, July 1, 2013: “After the June 2013 Supreme Court decision holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed USCIS to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.” USCIS Same-Sex Marriage FAQ Update of August 7, 2013, is below. more »

DHS Issues Initial Guidance on Same-Sex Immigration Benefits

Filed July 2, 2013 in Green Cards, under Family, Immigration News , tagged , ,
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supreme court 144880776On July 2, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued some initial guidance regarding same-sex immigration benefits following the recent Supreme Court decision, United States v. Windsor, overturning Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013. more »

Same-Sex Couples Eligible for Marriage-Based Green Card

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Capitol Building froSupreme Court 126453805Same-sex couples are now eligible to petition for marriage-based green cards and dependent visas on the same basis as opposite-sex couples. On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had prohibited the US federal government from providing federal benefits to same-sex couples. Since US immigration law is federal (national), prior to Windsor, DOMA prevented same-sex couples from seeking US immigration benefits based on marriage. more »

Same-Sex Partners, Cohabitating Partners, B-2 Visa: USCIS Memo

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Brooklyn Bridge, NYCOn August 17, 2011, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum regarding B-2 Visa Status changes and extensions for cohabitating partners, including same-sex partners and same-sex spouses, and other nonimmigrant household members, along with related revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM). more »

HIV Travel Ban Lifted: HIV Removed from List of Diseases Restricting US Entry

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Spring in Central Park NYC 146867533On January 04, 2010, the HIV Travel Ban prohibiting HIV positive individuals from visiting, working or living in the United States finally ended. more »

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