The DOMA Project, a non-profit group fighting to stop deportations and separations of same-sex bi-national couples who are immigration casualties of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), has created a video about “green card basics” for same-sex couples that provides a nice overview of immigration rights for same-sex couples.
The DOMA Project also offers a downloadable PDF, which provides a written outline of their helpful presentation. Same-sex couples with immigration issues might want to view the video and the PDF, which both provide an overview of:
- The implications of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that strikes down Section 3 of DOMA;
- The basic process of applying for a green card on the basis of a bona fide marriage to a U.S. citizen;
- The immigration benefits available to foreign spouses during the pendency of a green card application decision;
- The government interview process applicable to marriages between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals;
- The immigration petitions applicable to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens; and
- Some basic “do’s and don’ts” in the green card application process.
As always, the Law Office of Ronald Shapiro, Esq. stands ready to serve those in need of immigration assistance, particularly those gay and lesbian couples who need help with immigration benefits related to their marriage status. Please contact us at (847) 564-0712 to speak with an experienced and qualified immigration attorney and/or check out our immigration law Website for more information about how we might assist you.