2 July 2013
Category News Room
2 July 2013,

The U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had resulted in the denial of immigration benefits to married same-sex couples, unconstitutional on June 26, 2013. As a result, all legally married couples are equally eligible to apply for immigration benefits. The process of filing an application for an immigration benefit based on marriage can be complex, but our office has a proven track record to help guide you through the process in the U.S. or from abroad.

Link: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2013/07/01/statement-secretary-homeland-security-janet-napolitano-implementation-supreme-court

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on the Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Release Date:

July 1, 2013

“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.”

For more information on USCIS’ implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling, please visit here: http://www.dhs.gov/topic/implementation-supreme-court-ruling-defense-marriage-act.

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