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DHS: Same-Sex Partners are 'Family' for Prosecutorial Discretion

"In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase "family relationships," I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to the field that the interpretation of the phrase "family relationships" includes long-term, same-sex partners. As with every other factor identified...

ICE on Prosecutorial Discretion for Same-Sex Partners

"Pursuant to the Secretary's instruction, this new guidance serves to clarify how the existing memoranda related to prosecutorial discretion apply to family relationships involving long-term, same-sex partners." - ICE, October 5, 2012 .

Bad Timing, Alberto: BIA Confirms Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after U.S. v. Windsor

"Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, along with an immigration attorney, David Strange, published an Op Ed in the New York Times entitled What the Court Didn’t Say on July 17, 2013. They muddy the waters by contending that despite the recent Supreme Court decision in United States v...

New U.S. Policy Gives Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

"The United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex married couples in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, announcing a policy change set in motion in June, after the Supreme Court struck down a law against same-sex marriage. The policy...

DOS Hangout Today 1:00 P.M. EDT on Visa Processing for Same-sex Couples

"Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Department of State would begin processing visas for same-sex couples in the same manner that it considers applications for opposite-sex spouses. On Thursday, August 8 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Department will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss...

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex and Domestic Partners in India

"The question of immigration benefits to same sex couples is still a far cry in India. India not only disallows same sex marriages, it also currently criminalizes relationships between same sex partners, terming them as unnatural." - Cyrus D. Mehta and Ramya Mahesh, Dec. 20, 2013 .