Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Linda Lee
At the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, our Attorneys have decades of experience fighting for the rights of same-sex couples. We have teamed up with experienced attorneys at Lambda Legal and other defense funds to protect the rights of same-sex married couples when it comes to immigration and other issues. His work was featured on NBC Dateline.
With so many changes happening in relation to same-sex marriage, we want to make sure all potentially affected immigrant couples fully understand their rights.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), federal agencies across the board are scrambling to institute new procedures that grant same-sex married couples the same rights and benefits that other married couples have enjoyed for years. One of these opportunities is the chance to file for green card status based on the citizenship or permanent residency of a spouse.
Gaining green card residency through marriage has benefits in several areas. First, spouses are exempt from immigration quotas, so they will not be told they cannot immigrate because they filed too late to make the year’s quota. Second, spouses may seek green-card status whether the person to whom they are married is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
Couples that seek to secure one spouse’s residence in the United States via marriage must go through the same legal process, including interviews, extensive paperwork filings, and other requirements. An attorney who understands the unique challenges same-sex couples face can be an invaluable asset during the process.
If you need help seeking an immigration visa, permanent resident status, or other immigration solutions, don’t wait: contact the team at the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. for a confidential case evaluation.