Fort Lauderdale Immigration Attorney
Same-sex married couples now have the same rights as heterosexual couples
when it comes to
immigration-related benefits. On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense
of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. (DOMA is a federal law that limited
federal benefits of marriage only to heterosexual spouses.) Due to the
Supreme Court's decision, gay and lesbian couples who were married
in states that recognize same-sex marriage are now given access to federal
family-based immigration benefits. This means that if a U.S. citizen has a same-sex, foreign-national
spouse who wants to obtain a
green card and become a permanent resident, that individual can now do so through
Guerra Sáenz, PL, we are ready to assist same-sex married couples who want to take advantage
of their new legal rights. Our Fort Lauderdale immigration attorney is
fully knowledgeable about the U.S. immigration legal system, including
all the changes that are currently taking place. By working with our firm,
you can take steps to try and prevent any unnecessary roadblocks that
might get in the way of your or your spouse obtaining legal status in
Visas for Fiancées and Spouses
Fiancées and spouses of U.S. citizens can apply for a number of
different family immigration-based benefits. The spouse of a U.S. citizen
can apply for a K-3 visa, which will allow the individual to stay in the
U.S. for a limited period of time while he or she works toward obtaining
a green card. K-2 visas are available for fiancées of U.S. citizens.
Under these visas, the fiancée must marry the U.S. citizen within
90 days of lawfully entering the country. There are also visas that allow
spouses and fiancées to bring their children with them to the U.S.
Want to learn more about the immigration options that are available to
you under the new changes to U.S. immigration law?
Contact Guerra Sáenz, PL so that our skilled immigration lawyer can provide you with the information
and legal guidance you need!