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October 11, 2013
Beata Leja

Parole in Place for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Active in the Military

In general, and with some limited exceptions, foreign national spouses of U.S. citizens who are present in the U.S. may only apply for permanent residence or a “green card” within the U.S. (i.e. “adjustment of status”) if he or she...

Possible Issues for Same-Sex Couples at Airports & Ports of Entry to U.S.

To date, no guidance from Customs & Border Protection (CBP) about DOMA decision's effect on protocol As has been widely reported, on June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

July 19, 2013
Beata Leja

More Good News for Binational Same-Sex Couples

BIA Affirms Immigration Benefits Available Where Marriage Valid in State Celebrated, Regardless of Where Couple Resides The news for same-sex binational couples keeps getting better. As has already been widely reported, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to various...

July 16, 2013
Beata Leja

Government Acts Quickly to Grant Immigration Benefits to Same-Sex Couples After U.S. Supreme Court Overturns DOMA

On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) which defined marriage as being only between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law. The court found the section...

June 27, 2013
Beata Leja

US Supreme Court Overturns DOMA and Finally Opens Door to Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

The attorneys of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) by finding it unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy wrote that “DOMA...

May 01, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Tips for Surviving Wedding Season: Immigration Issues for Couples and Guests

Individuals may qualify for U.S. permanent resident status (a green card) based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen or a U.S. lawful permanent resident.  This article addresses some general considerations for the foreign national bride or groom or for...


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