Tag Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

3 Crucial Pieces of Evidence for a Marriage-Based Green Card

This post is intended as resources for applicants of green card based on marriage to understand the types of evidence that are crucial to the approval of the application. Individuals who apply for adjustment of status based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident receive a Green Card subsequent to approval of […]

Same-Sex Marriage Adjustment of Status to Green Card

The following article is an excerpt from a question and answer meeting between United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The questions (Q) are asked by AILA and the answers (A) are provided by USCIS. Q: Please confirm that all USCIS Field Offices have now been trained on same-sex […]

ICE Will Reopen Removal Proceedings for Same-Sex Marriage Cases

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has just announced their plans to agree to joint motions to reopen where the respondent entered into a lawful, bona fide, same-sex marriage after being ordered removed and there is newly-available relief. If you have a removal order but are now eligible for relief based on your same-sex marriage […]

Same-Sex Marriage Adjustment of Status Questions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently held a liaison meeting with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). JCS Immigration and Visa, a Los Angeles immigration lawyers office, has obtained these questions and answers and provided them below. Q: Please confirm that all USCIS local field offices are adjudicating same-sex marriage cases and not holding […]

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, […]

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Updated FAQs on Same-Sex Marriage and Visas from the Department of State

Q: How does the Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision impact immigration law? A: The Supreme Court has found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Effective immediately, U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for […]

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 […]

Same Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, Gay Marriage, Discrimination, Immigration Services

USCIS Approves First Green Card for Same-Sex Married Couple

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, in which it struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for all federal laws.  This law meant that the immigration agencies would not recognize […]