Same-Sex Immigration Attorney in Dallas
The landscape of rights afforded to same-sex couples (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) in immigration proceedings has changed significantly since the U.S. Supreme Court struck portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). U.S. federal agencies must allow federal benefits to same-sex married couples just as they would to opposite-sex married couples.
For immigration purposes, this means that a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident may now petition on behalf of his or her same-sex spouse for an immigrant visa. Even if the couple does not live in a state which recognizes same-sex marriages, the USCIS will consider the state where the marriage took place to determine if the marriage is valid for immigration purposes.
Same-sex couples are now also eligible to file K-1 (fiancé/fiancée) visa applications, and a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident may be a qualifying relative for his or her same-sex spouse for the purposes of cancellation of removal proceedings and inadmissibility waivers.
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