On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This signifies that any couple in any state can legally marry and enjoy the same benefits as a heterosexual couple. The rights extend to Social Security, taxes, employee benefits for federal workers, and health coverage to name a few.
Immigration Rights for Same Sex Couples
The ruling also amplifies current federal immigration law, which recognizes same-sex marriages if the marriage was legal in the state it was performed. By allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, this broadens the chances for couples to legally petition their immigrant spouses. The ruling now allows any couple married in any state to file a family petition, or I-130, for their immigrant spouse. Previously, same-sex couples interested in filing I-130 petitions were required to research which states issued same-sex marriage licenses, and travel to that state to marry. This led to additional financial hardship, and a limited amount of friends and family who could attend the ceremony. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, couples interested in filing for immigration benefits can now start the process by marrying in their state of choice.
Same Sex Immigration Advocates
Even prior to the Obergefell decision, our firm has represented more than 100 cases for same-sex couples with a wide-range of services rendered. Our firm was one of the first firms in California to offer immigration services to same-sex couples. We also have a very high success rate with those cases. We pride ourselves in being open, accepting, and professional with all of our clients, including those in the LGBTQ community. Our staff is well versed in the struggles that each couple may face, and sensitive to their needs. Additionally, our online case-tracking portal allows our clients to check the status and notes on their case at anytime from any computer. This is especially advantageous because it lets us to have close communication with clients who are in different states, time zones, or even continents!
Friday’s Supreme Court ruling serves as more incentive for our firm to continue to assist any same-sex couples interested in the immigration process. We are eager to help you with your case so that you and your spouse may enjoy the benefits of marriage in the United States. Call our office today for more information regarding the I-130 process or view our same sex immigration page.