The Effect of US v. Windsor on Immigration Law for Same-Sex Couples
By: Harlan York
June 26, 2013

Since the US Supreme Court’s ruling was issued today against DOMA, it looks like same-sex couples will be considered for marriage-based green cards.

Applications – previously denied only because a couple is gay – should be granted.

A marriage in a state or country where that ceremony is legal should confer eligibility to apply for lawful permanent residence.

Again, if you were married in another country, it should satisfy immigration law.

Case in point: the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case was married in Canada.

Civil unions and domestic partnerships are still not as clear to interpret, so having a marriage would be optimal.

More to follow in the upcoming weeks, but this is groundbreaking news!

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The first-ever attorney in New Jersey to win “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers, Harlan York is former immigration chair of the NJ State Bar Association and former co-chair for the NY State Bar Association CFLS Committee on Immigration. He currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Practice Management Committee.

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