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 benefits, including 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 the marriage.
At 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 this country.
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!