Tag Archives: DOMA

Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Jack C. Sung To Speak at Same-Sex Immigration Legal Seminar with LACBA

July 7th at 7:00PM at the WeHo Library on San Vicente in West Hollywood, California, immigration attorney Jack C. Sung will speak on an immigration legal seminar hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Legal Assistance Project. This is an open public discussion panel and everyone is encouraged to attend. Especially those who are […]

Guidance on Issuance of Form I-20s and DOMA Effect for Same-Sex Couples

The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs has advised consulates that their officials may issue derivative F visas based on same-sex marriage if the marriage is recognized in the place of celebration. That is, if the country where the couple married recognizes same-sex marriage as legal, then the U.S. Government will recognize the union […]

UAFA, Gay Rights, Human Rights, LGBT, Same-Sex, Marriage Act, Immigration Reform

Department of State Consular Services and the Supreme Court’s Ruling on DOMA

On June 26, 2013, Secretary of State, John Kerry released a memo stating “to fully implement the requirements and implications of the Court’s decision, we will work with the Department of Justice and other agencies to review all relevant statutes as well as the benefits administered by this agency”. After the Supreme Court’s ruling to […]

Post-DOMA, Same-Sex Couples Gain Immigration Benefits

After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, U.S. Citizens can now sponsor their same-sex spouses for federal immigration benefits including obtaining Lawful Permanent Residence or a “Green Card”. In a statement on the DOMA decision Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano said that the […]

UAFA, Gay Rights, Human Rights, LGBT, Same-Sex, Marriage Act, Immigration Reform

Defense of Marriage Act Dead!

Historic victories have been made today in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and rejecting the California marriage ban Proposition 8, allowing same-sex couples to resume marriage in the State of California. With the repeal of DOMA, this means that same-sex couples who marry in states […]

Gay and Immigrant Rights Groups Join Forces on Marriage Issue

In a letter on Monday to the White House, more than 50 gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups asked President Obama to put a hold on immigration cases involving Americans seeking legal residency visas for foreign-born spouses of the same sex, until the Supreme Court issues a significant ruling on gay marriage next year. The […]

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Gay Couples Anxiously Wait for Same Sex Marriage Law

Santiago Ortiz was deeply in love and, he believed, near death when he asked Pablo Garcia to leave his native Venezuela and join him in New York. There was no time to bother with a visa. Ortiz was HIV positive and he wanted Garcia with him. That was 26 years ago. Ortiz, an American, is […]

ICE Ends Deportation Case for Same Sex Couple

Stopping Deportation Cases: The DOMA Project Los Angeles, CA Government publicly announced it has dropped the deportation proceedings that threatened to separate Alex Benshimol and Douglas Gentry — a married, gay, binational couple in California — marking the second time in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has agreed to close a deportation case involving […]