U.S. Spousal Visa Consultant | Equal Immigration Benefits to Same-sex Couples

Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional in June 2013 because it violates equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. Before this outdated law was defeated, marriage was defined as a union of one man and one woman, thus making a thousand national programs unavailable to same-sex couples.

The Supreme Court’s positive decision opened new doors in federal benefits to gay and lesbian couples. The new jurisprudence led to the extension of family-based petitions, spousal, and fiance visas to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples. Since then, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) position is to evaluate petitions founded on legal same-sex marriages exactly as they would for opposite-sex couples.