Tag Archives: SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Two Immigration Cases. Their Decision May Impact Your Immigration Options!

As immigration lawyers, we love hearing of news that has potential to greatly help change the lives of many of our immigrant clients through justice and by providing additional immigration options to those who feel helpless. We are excited to hear of the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving immigration […]

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 […]