Obergefell v. Hodges: Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages Will Benefit Immigrants

Same_Sex_Immigration_BenefitsThe U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will make it easier and less costly for many foreign nationals to obtain immigration benefits through marriage. In an historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled last Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to license same-sex marriages, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing that gay couples have a right to exercise “the fundamental right to marry.” Continue reading “Obergefell v. Hodges: Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages Will Benefit Immigrants”

U.S. State Department Videoconference on Visas for Same-Sex Spouses

Google_Hangout_Same_Sex_MarriageThe Washington Blade hosted a live videoconference on visas for same-sex spouses on August 8. The topic is timely because Secretary of State Kerry just announced on August 2 that “effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses.” Continue reading “U.S. State Department Videoconference on Visas for Same-Sex Spouses”

Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China

Same_Sex_Immigration_BenefitsIn an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that same-sex spouses are eligible for the same federal benefits—including immigration benefits—as heterosexual spouses. (I’ve blogged about it here.) Now, I’d like to explore what this means specifically for those applying for immigration benefits at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in China that process visa applications, which are located at Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. Continue reading “Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China”