Customs and Border Protection to Recognize Same-Sex Couples

JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, a Los Angeles Immigration lawyer’s office has been notified from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of new changes to how U.S. Customs and Border Protection recognizes same-sex couples.

The newly revised regulation broadens the definition of “family” to include long-term same-sex couples and domestic partners. Foster children, stepchildren, half-siblings, legal wards and children with an in loco parentis or guardianship relationship will also be considered to be family under the revised regulation. Under this newly broadened definition, same-sex couples and their families will be allowed to file a joint customs declaration when entering the United States from abroad.

According to Customs and Border Protection, this revision is designed to more accurately reflect relationships for U.S. citizens, resident and international visitors who are traveling together as a family. This rule goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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