Gay Marriage Immigration Green Card
DOMA IS OVERTURNED BY THE SUPREME COURT AND GAY MARRIAGE IS NOW ALLOWED FOR IMMIGRATION AND GREEN CARD PURPOSES AS WELL
Yesterday the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and gay marriages will now be allowed for immigration purposes. The entire decision is available here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-144_8ok0.pdf
This is a long-awaiting victory for the community and changes will soon be visible. At this time, we have to wait for the appeal period. As soon as that has left, we will witness huge changes occurring rapidly, as the CIS (immigration department) will have to make changes in order to allow same-sex Green Card Adjustment of Status cases.
Currently, the wait for a Green Card is 8-12 months, whether the person is living in the US or abroad, although there are subtle differences between the two. Once a married spouse has a Green Card for three years, he or she can apply for US citizenship, but it is not mandatory. After filing a case, the person will receive work authorization in 30-60 days and can work wherever they like. For more information, visit http://www.myImmigrationAttorney.com or call SanDiegoBizLaw at 619-677-5727. More articles to follow as the laws unfold.