Metro Detroit Immigration Attorney
Green cards, visas, and other immigration benefits have been a reality for same-sex marriage couples since the Supreme Court’s landmark gay rights decision in United States v. Windsor, which invalidated DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act”). legal discrimination against LGBT immigrants is no more. Now, same-sex married couples are afforded precisely the same rights and benefits under U.S. immigration laws as are opposite-sex married couples.
Are same sex marriages legal in Michigan?
On June 26, 2015, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in all of the 50 states, including Michigan.
“The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State,” the court found in a 5-4 decision.
Joint adoptions, tax filings are now possible for gay couples in Michigan, and across the nation, along with improved status in matters of insurance, hospital visitation, estate planning and other spousal rights and benefits. In addition, U.S. citizens or permanent residents may now sponsor their same sex partners and take advantage of such immigration benefits as: green cards and finance visas.
Is it possible to obtain a green card based on same sex marriage in Michigan?
A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident has a right to file an I-130 visa petition to sponsor his or her foreign-born spouse. To get a green card based on a sex-same marriage, you must be legally married, either in the U.S. or abroad. And you must be able to demonstrate that the legal marriage is based on a genuine, bona fide relationship. If you and your spouse entered into a legal marriage in any of the U.S. states, including Michigan, you may also apply for a green card using the adjustment of status rout, provided that your nonimmigrant spouse is already in the United States.
LGBTQ immigration lawyer in Metro Detroit, Michigan:
The immigration lawyers at Law Firm use their considerable skills and experience to help gay, lesbian, and transgendered immigrants and their families achieve their immigration objectives. We represent clients in the general Metro Detroit area in cities like Ferndale and Royal Oak, MI.
How I can help:
As immigration attorneys for same sex couples, our ability to help gay and lesbian couples obtain green cards and other immigration benefits comes from our considerable experience with other complex immigration matters. Our immigration firm takes pride in serving as a trusted source of advice for Detroit and Michgian LGBT community. If you’re wondering what immigration options may be available to you, or if you’re looking to hire an immigration attorney to help you achieve a green card, call us today to schedule a consultation.