Friday, July 26, 2013

USCIS issues FAQ’s for same-sex marriage based immigration petitions

Exactly a month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), USCIS has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist same-sex couples in petitioning for immigration benefits.  This guide also comes in accordance with a statement issued by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on July 1, 2013 calling for “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse [effective immediately].”
The new FAQ’s also state that Forms-130, or other petitions or applications, previously denied solely because of DOMA will be reopened and reconsidered by USCIS.  For more information, you can visit the FAQ page here.

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