VIDEO: Watch Our Workshop, “Green Card Basics for Same-Sex Couples After DOMA”

laviworkshopThis video is the first in the series of live streamed workshops produced by the DOMA Project and hosted by co-founder, attorney Lavi Soloway. It was live streamed on Sunday April 14, 2013. 

Green Card Basics for Same-Sex Couples after DOMA focuses on the law and procedure for marriage-based green card petitions and fiancé(e) visas petitions for couples in the US, couples who are separated, and couples who are abroad.

Originally live streamed on You Tube on Sunday, April 14, 2013 

Supplementary outline:

Download (PDF, 1.41MB)

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  • Avi Shakeel

    Thanks for a very informative video. I have a question that might be too specific to be answered here but I will try anyway. My husband and I have been married (Vermont) for almost three years and are currenty living outside the US. Does he (the petitioner) have to be domiciled in the US at the time of filing my immigration petition as my spouse? Or can he stay outside the country initially and only move back when he has to? We would prefer to stay together or as long as we could and then move back to the US permanently only after my immigrant visa is finally approved. Any thoughts?

    April 16, 2013
    • The DOMA Project

      In order to increase our efficiency, we ask that questions be sent to [email protected]

      April 18, 2013
  • Nicholas Oehm

    THANK YOU!!!! This was wonderful!

    April 17, 2013
  • David Plunkett

    I just found out about the DOMA Project TODAY and am your newest fan of many! So happy to find such a helpful resource here, and the workshop, which I’ve watched twice now and will continue to listen to carefully, is a wealth of information. Please know how appreciative we are that there are excellent and supportive resources, especially in tandem with what could be a possibility of change of these archaic laws.

    April 20, 2013
  • Ken Oberg

    I too found this workshop extremely helpful and look forward to future ones. My husband and I are living abroad in his home country of Italy so as soon as DOMA is struck down, we want to begin the application process for a marriage based green card for him. I also want to stress to everyone the importance of contributing to the DOMA project if you are able to. The information they provide is priceless and I find it to be a very worthwhile cause. I’m making my contribution today.


    April 29, 2013
  • Bobby

    My partner and I are deaf and the site has tons of resources, however are there transcripts of the videos we can read as we cant hear. Thanks!

    June 27, 2013
    • Sveta Apodaca

      Hi, Bobby. Thank you for bringing this up. I’m one of several volunteers working with the youtube channel and video embedding. Transcribing the videos available from account is on my wish list of things to make available sometime in the future. Full CC text will likely be a very heroic effort to complete for our small team, as the workshops are easily several hours worth of material. I would welcome any volunteer help and effort in that regard! In the meantime, if you have specific questions regarding your situation that you need answered, can you reach out either to [email protected] or [email protected] with them directly? This may save you and your partner time waiting for full transcription effort and get you the answers that you are looking for faster.

      June 30, 2013

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This is a pro-bono project of the law firm of Masliah & Soloway, PC. Posts on this website are offered for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. The law firm of Masliah & Soloway, PC has offices in New York and Los Angeles. Our practice is limited to U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.