South Florida Immigration Law Offices of Jorge Delgado proudly represents members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community with same sex marriage cases. After the landmark 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. Accordingly, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now reviews 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.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that not all countries and/or states recognize same sex marriages. If the marriage occurred in a country or a state that does not recognize same sex marriages, USCIS will not accept it for immigration purposes. The same principles apply to fiancé(e) visas: The petitioner must live in a state that recognize same-sex marriage in order to bring a foreigner for marriage purposes.
For more information about same sex marriages, schedule a consultation with the immigration attorney by calling our South Florida Immigration Law Offices at (954) 927-6254 or email us at info@JLDelgadolaw.com
Attorney Jorge L. Delgado also represents members of the LGBT community in other immigration matters such as U and T visas for victims of crime, VAWA applications for victims of domestic violence, and asylum claims for those persecuted for their sexual orientation or gender identity, to name a few.
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