USCIS Finalizes Formal Procedures for Reopening, Processing, and Approving Green Card and Fiance(e) Visa Petitions Previously Denied Due to DOMA
Just a month after DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court, The DOMA Project advocacy yielded USCIS procedures for reversal of denied green card and fiancé(e) visa petitions. USCIS formally announced that:
USCIS will reopen those petitions or applications that were denied solely because of DOMA section 3. If such a case is known to us or brought to our attention, USCIS will reconsider its prior decision, as well as reopen associated applications to the extent they were also denied as a result of the denial of the Form I-130 (such as concurrently filed Forms I-485).
The courageous couples who joined our campaign and boldly filed marriage-based petitions beginning in July 2010, will now have all those denied petitions reversed by USCIS. Congratulations to the hundreds of couples who forged ahead in the challenge against the Defense of Marriage Act!
Now let us work to ensure that DOMA’s legacy does not keep any families apart. We must keep up the fight until the last exiled couple is able to return home. Our empowered community of binational couples has shown that change can happen when we stick together and hold government accountable. Let us work together to achieve full equality for ourselves, our community, and future generations.