17 December 2013 ~ 3 Comments

An Easy I-130 Marriage Interview

Today, I walked in and out of one of the easiest I-130 interviews at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Heterosexual or not, standalone I-130 interviews are rare. They are typically given when the foreign national spouse is in removal proceedings or deported from the country. The purpose of the interview is to establish […]

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10 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Married

Yesterday, we had a paparazzi wedding ceremony at the Lutheran Church of Reformation in Washington D.C. It was nonetheless, lovely to share our love with so many people, including all our badass friends from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, and the same-sex binational couples from Immigration Equality who have so long been denied due process and equal protection […]

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27 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Post-DOMA – How Can LGBT Persons Benefit Under Current Immigration Laws?

With the Defense of Marriage Act dead, marriage equality provides more than 1,100 federal benefits previously unavailable to same-sex spouses. I’m pretty sure that is an undercount given I can think of a hundred different immigration benefits alone. There are more than 24,000 American same-sex binational couples, but the immigration consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike […]

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26 June 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Now Stealing American Spouses Too

As if stealing American jobs was not enough, illegal me was offered a full-time unpaid offer to marry my wonderful, beautiful, sweet U.S. citizen partner today. This was inspired, in part, by the decision of the Supreme Court to extend my agony by granting certioari in the government’s almost-frivolous appeal in Mayorkas v. de Osorio […]

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20 July 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Repealing DOMA Does Not Guarantee Same-Sex Couples Immigration Rights

There’s a lot I want to say about the white-washed Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act hearings in Capitol Hill right now, but I’d rather draw your attention to the fact that repealing DOMA  does not guarantee immigration benefits for same-sex bi-national couples. Attorney Jordanna Monston provides a small breakdown for us in this article. […]

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