Immigration Law

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USCIS Grants Green Card 41-Years Later, Finally Recognizes 1975 Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 12 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sveta Apodaca, June 9, 2016 - "In a series of recent decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recognized as valid the April 21, 1975 marriage of two gay men, Richard Adams and... Read More

Bad Timing, Alberto: BIA Confirms Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after U.S. v. Windsor
Posted on 22 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

New U.S. Policy Gives Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications
Posted on 4 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex and Domestic Partners in India
Posted on 21 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

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DHS: Same-Sex Partners are 'Family' for Prosecutorial Discretion
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

ICE on Prosecutorial Discretion for Same-Sex Partners
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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 . Read More

DOS Hangout Today 1:00 P.M. EDT on Visa Processing for Same-sex Couples
Posted on 8 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More