Gay Marriage Immigration Lawyer in New Jersey
Visas and Green Cards for Same-Sex Couples
Major legal changes have provided new immigration benefits to gay and lesbian
married couples. Same-sex spouses now have access to immigration benefits
that were previously only available to heterosexual couples. If one spouse
is already a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a couple may use their
marital status to obtain a visa or green card for the other spouse.
With the help of our
New Jersey immigration lawyer, same-sex couples can get the help they need to resolve their visa issues
quickly and efficiently. At The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq.,
P.C., our team has helped
more than 10,000 individuals with their immigration matters.
Contact our firm when you are ready to explore your legal options whether it is through
marriage to a USC from within the US or abroad or through a K-1 fiancée visa!
Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional
The new access to immigration benefits stems from the recent U.S Supreme
Court decision that declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
The ruling was made on July 26, 2013. Previous to this ruling, gay marriages
were exempt from taking advantage of immigration benefits such as K-1
visas and green cards through marriage to US citizens.
K Visa Eligibility
Spouses of gay marriage are now be eligible for
K-1 fiancé visas and
K-3 spouse visas. For each of these visas, the applicant's will have to show satisfactory
proof to the USCIS that the marriage is valid. You will also need to have
proof of a medical examination, although vaccinations may not be required.
Every individual's circumstance is different. Therefore its important
that you work with an attorney who possesses years of valuable experience
in immigration law. Any misstep in the application process may thwart
the applicant's ability to obtain a K-1 or K-3 nonimmigrant visa in
a timely fashion, which ends up costing more time and money.
Green Card Eligibility for Same-Sex Spouses
Gay and lesbian couples may now apply for
green cards and obtain permanent residency. The green card may be issued for a 2-year
conditional resident status, or a 10-year permanent resident status depending
upon the length of the marriage prior to adjusting status. The green card
process is the first step towards citizenship. Those who hold a green
card for three years and remain married (5 years if divorced) and resided
in the U.S. for at least half of that time, you may apply for naturalization
and begin the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
We Have Helped Thousands of Clients Since 1987
At The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C., our New Jersey Immigration
Attorney has helped many gay and lesbian spouses take advantage of their
new immigration benefits.
If you are a same-sex spouse or fiancée who needs assistance so
that you and your significant other can have a life together in the U.S.,
we can help!
Schedule a consultation today so that we can provide you with the legal support you need! Our New Jersey
immigration attorney has
more than 25 years of experience in multiple areas of immigration law and visa matters.