Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

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There is a huge development in Immigration which will affect many people who are spouse and children of Green Card holders. The United States Department of State officially posted the Visa Bulletin for August 1, 2013 declaring F2(a) priority dates CURRENT. It is a historic moment! But wait, before you get excited please and read the following carefully!

 (1).    What is F2(a) category?

F2(a)are the spouses and children below 21 of Green Card holders who are in the US lawfully.

(2).     What could be the benefits of the priority date being current?

Starting August 1, 2013, the spouses and children of Green Card holders can file their petition regardless of their priority date. Meaning, they don’t need to wait for their priority date in order to adjust their status and apply for a work permit. However, due to expected number of applications, it is recommended to file the case, asap. Once the application has been filed and the category will retrogress, they can stay in the U.S and wait for the result of the application.

(3).     Does this apply to DOMA Cases?

Yes, it applies to same-sex couples.

(4).     Can the spouse and children able to adjust their status even they are in the U.S. unlawfully?

This is bit more complicated issue and we must seek experts on this matter.

(5).         What Should You Do?

If you are planning to marry your fiancée or have an approved I-130 petition, schedule a free consultation with us. You must start gathering important documents in order to prove eligibility for this category. Don’t get left behind and, ACT NOW!

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