"We are pleased to announce that our very own Attorney Mark Harley was informed today by the USCIS office that he attended Pittsburgh's first lawful permanent residency interview based on DOMA. Congrats to the newly approved couple #YourImmigrationPartner"
As of July 2013, there are thirteen states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) that permit same-sex marriage. According to the last census, there are approximately 36,000 bi-national same-sex couples living in the United States.
The decision made by the Supreme Court does not guarantee a right to same-sex marriage, but it allows same-sex couples who live in the states that allow same-sex marriage to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
Family entails being with the ones you love and now same sex-couples may be given an equal opportunity as heterosexual couples in regards to green card eligibility based on marriage and a shorter wait to apply for U.S Citizenship.
Disclaimer: Published on July 9, 2013 with latest available information. This is a blog article for general education and is not intended as legal advice. Please contact our attorneys for legal advice.