On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision when they declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. Following that decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed a lower court's decision to allow same-sex marriages to begin taking place on October 21st, 2013.
As of now our state recognizes the rights of same-sex couples to get married, to obtain spousal benefits, to file joint tax returns, to be eligible for the social security benefits of their same-sex spouse, and to take advantage of the many other benefits that were previously only offered to their heterosexual counterparts. Same-sex married couples are even able to obtain family-based visas and green cards that would earlier have been denied.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and your spouse is a foreign national, you can apply to bring your spouse and his or her children to the United States on a K-3 or K-4 visa. Should you be engaged to a same-sex foreign national, you now have the right to apply for his or her admission to the U.S. on a K-1, fiancé(e) visa. The regulations and requirements to obtain these types of visas remain the same regardless of whether you are in a same-sex relationship or a heterosexual relationship.
Hiring The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. to represent your case will greatly improve your chances of avoiding any unforeseen complications and achieving your immigration objectives. My firm and I have helped guide more than 10,000 people through the immigration process. I represent all types of immigration cases from the simplest to the most complex.
I have spent more than 25 years practicing law and I take pride in being able to help same-sex spouses take advantage of the new benefits available. To find out more about how I can help you and your spouse, contact me today at The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C.