Victory for Steve and Ricardo (with Son Andrew) in Seattle: Denied Green Card Case Now Reopened


In immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling in United States v Windsor in which Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama administration announced that it had kept a list of all green card petitions denied because of DOMA since 2011 and promised to reopen those cases. This promise is now a reality for Steve and Ricardo (with son Andrew) in Seattle, who had just learned that their green card case, previously denied in 2012, due to the Defense of Marriage Act, was reopened.

This is the first known green card case previously denied due to DOMA which had been reopened after the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act last month. The entire green card case was reopened by USCIS including the petition and application for green card and the applications for employment authorization and travel permission. The couple now await scheduling for their green card interview, the last step before receiving a green card.

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