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How the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide Impacted Immigration Law

Almost a year has passed since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marriage is constitutionally guaranteed to same sex couples. At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that gay couples have “the fundamental right to marry.” This is an especially momentous occasion […]

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DOMA 1 Year Later: Its Effect on LGBT Immigration and Green Cards

As the one year anniversary since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down approaches, it is a good time to reflect on how far U.S. immigration laws have progressed in just a few short months – extending the reach of its benefits to LGBT the many changes this has meant for same sex […]

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Hawaii becomes the 15th U.S. state to permit same sex marriages

Hawaii will join fourteen other U.S. states to legalize same sex marriage beginning on December 2, 2013.  The following states now permit same sex marriage: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. Click to learn more about how a […]

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Marriage-based green card FAQs

  There are several ways that a foreign national can obtain permanent residency (green card). One of the most common methods is by marrying a U.S. citizen. In these cases, a green card is immediately available to the foreign spouse. How soon can I get a green card if I marry a US citizen? You […]

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Married Same Sex Couples Now Eligible for U.S. Green Cards

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which previously limited certain federal benefits strictly to traditional opposite-sex married couples. In light of this, U.S. citizens in a same-sex marriage can now sponsor his or her foreign spouse for a green card. Same-sex marriage is […]

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