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September 2013


September 16, 2013 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
USCIS and State Department Issue Guidance on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Recently, both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State issued FAQs in response to the Supreme Court's June 26, 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. DOMA had prohibited the federal government from conferring immigration and other federal benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples on same-sex married couples. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, USCIS estimates that approximately 30,000 same-sex bi-national couples may now be eligible to apply for various immigration benefits.

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