DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Announces All Green Card Cases Filed By Gay Couples Will Be Processed Without Delay


Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly.  To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”



  • [...] Den direkte konsekvensen for saksøkeren Edith Windsor er at hun slipper med lavere arveavgifter etter sin avdøde kone Thea Spyer, siden hun nå regnes som enke også av føderale myndigheter. Et annet svært viktig område er innvandringspolitikken. Det kanskje første håndfaste resultatet av DOMA-dommen var at deportasjonen av Steven Brooks, en colombianer gift med en USA-borger, ble stoppet. Dette skjedde under en halvtime etter at høyesterettsdommen ble kjent. (MSNBC) Det vil nå bli lettere å få green card for utlendinger som er gift med en fra USA – bulgarske Traian Popov ble kanskje den første som fikk dette. Det skjedde allerede på fredag. (NY Times) Alle liknende saker vil nå bli behandlet likeverdig med heterofile ektepar. (DOMA Project) [...]

    July 2, 2013
  • Sheetal

    My partner and I have been together for 4 years. She is an American Citizen and I am a British Citizen.

    After 2 years of back and forth between the USA and the UK we decided to become civil partners and subsequently got “married” in the UK where we now reside.

    After DOMA was struck down we were incredibly excited at the prospect of going to the USA to live permanently but even now we find ourselves in limbo as the US are currently stating that they do not except civil partnerships as part of the immigration status. We have been religiously checking the USCIS site every day since DOMA was marked as Unconstitutional but have not seen anything new.

    Whilst the UK is trying to introduce equal marriage it will be at least a year we think before the changes may be made to the law if the bill passes the final stage in Parliment and gets Royal Assent.

    We have even looked at trying to get married to each other in a different country so that we can file the paperwork to move back to the US but countries are saying we can not get married as in their eyes we are already “married” even though we are registered as “civil partners”

    Do you have any update on how DOMA effects bi-national couples in exile.

    I believe that we have to wait and see what news comes from the states but it is so hard knowing that we still may not be able to live in the USA even though DOMA has been struck down.

    Any help / advice will be gratefully appreciated.



    July 5, 2013

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