If I have a legitimate marriage, why do I need an immigration attorney to help me apply for a Green Card? A Case Study

by Anthony Mance, Esq. and Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. One of the most direct paths to a Green Card is by marriage to an American citizen. However, Permanent Residency is by no means guaranteed, even when the marriage is legitimate. Discovering sham marriages is a top enforcement priority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security …

First Same-Sex Couple Receives Green Card in Post-DOMA Landscape

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. The Supreme Courtof the United States struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013.  Now the federal government must recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples with regard to federal benefits, which includes immigration law relief. Since July 2013, immigrant beneficiaries of petitions filed …

DOMA UPDATE: Three Immigration Success Stories for Same-Sex Couples Following the Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. In light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, the federal government must recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples with regard to federal benefits, which includes immigration law …

In Light of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Same-Sex Couples Can Sponsor Their Spouses For a Family-Based Immigrant Visa

July 30, 2013- The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in unconstitutional.  The landmark June 26, 2013 decision ends DOMA’s ban on the federal government’s recognition of marriages by same-sex couples.  As a result, U.S. citizens may now petition on behalf of their same-sex …