How Have Immigration Laws Changed for Same Sex Couples?
As of 2015, the
Supreme Court of the United States legalized same sex marriage in all fifty United States.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals have the same
immigration rights as their opposite-sex counterparts. Now, LGBT gay and
lesbian couples are entitled to the same immigration benefits as their
opposite-sex counterparts. Contact an experienced California
gay marriage attorney today for a consultation regarding gay immigration laws.
What Immigration Benefits am I entitled to?
As a United States Citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder),
you can sponsor your spouse for a
green card, or naturalization, the same way as opposite-sex couples. The United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer discriminates between
gay couples and straight couples.
Similarly, as a United States Citizen, you may petition for a fiancé
or fiancée visa for your same-sex partner. So long as all other
immigration requirements are satisfied, he or she may enter the United
States for marriage.
Further, If you and your spouse were married in a place that recognizes
same-sex marriage, but now live in a state that does not recognize gay
marriage, you are entitled to all federal immigration benefits.
Also, If you previously filed for immigration benefits, but were denied
benefits based on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), you may ask the
USCIS to reconsider the petition. Contact an Irvine immigration attorney
to discuss requesting a reconsideration of your previously denied application.
Are you from a County that Persecutes People Based on their Sexual Orientation?
Many nonimmigrants living in the United States choose to live in the United
States because returning to their homeland may expose them to persecution
and other harm. Many countries have laws against gays and lesbians. Some
societies do not accept gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and are from a country
that persecutes or otherwise marginalizes you because of your sexual orientation,
you may be eligible for asylum. Contact an experienced gay
asylum attorney to discuss your case in greater detail. Once you are granted asylum
in the United States, you will become a permanent resident and receive
a green card.
Discuss Your Case with an Immigration Attorney
Immigration changes in favor of gay and lesbian couples opens a giant path
for same-sex partners who were previously denied immigration benefits.
Take advantage of these new immigration laws that emphasize and celebrate
Contact a California
gay marriage immigration attorney
today for a consultation regarding
LGBT immigration laws. The Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. celebrates marriage equality.
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