Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”
Please visit the DHS website for FAQs for same-sex binational couples.
Out4Immigration has compiled the following resources for attorney recommendations and resources:
- Same-sex binational couples seeking advice on how to proceed with marriage and fiancée visa petitions (i.e., "green card applications”) are encouraged to view these resources: “After DOMA: What It Means for You” from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), After DOMA: Immigration from Lambda Legal and “The End of DOMA: What Your Family Needs to Know” from Immigration Equality.
- The law firm, Masliah and Soloway are offering free consultations to same-sex binational couples. Email them at email@example.com.
- Also, the law firm McCown and Evans is offering free consultations to same-sex binationals. Please contact them at (415) 834-9123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In the San Francisco Bay Area, McCown and Evans will be hosting a series of free legal workshops for same-sex binationals in July and August. Visit http://out4immigration.blogspot.com/2013/06/upcoming-information-sessions-marriage.html for details.