Articles Posted in Spouses & Fiancés


Obama Administration Gives Green Light to Same-Sex Marriage Immigration Visa

Will the Obama administration allow same-sex married spouses to get green cards based on marriage to a US citizen or resident? All signs point to yes. The US Supreme Court made headlines last Wednesday when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and granted same-sex married couples access…


Immigrant Saved from Deportation Thanks to Same-Sex Marriage, but Still Has No Affirmative Legal Status

A Houston, Texas man received excellent news on Thursday, March 8, 2012, when an immigration judge closed the deportation case pending against him. This means that the government will not attempt to return David Gonzalez to his native Costa Rica for the foreseeable future. This is a notable event because…


Democrats in Congress Bring the Violence Against Women Act, Which Can Impact Immigration Cases, for Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a federal law that provides for additional resources for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes committed against women, including immigration provisions protecting people who may lack legal status but also need protection from an abusive spouse, parent, or child. After…


USCIS Grants Deferred Status to Man on Tourist Visa So He May Care for Sick Husband

A gay couple on Long Island learned last month that they have achieved a victory, albeit a temporary one, in their struggle to keep one of them in the United States legally. After several New York politicians spoke on the couple’s behalf, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted…


President Obama Plans to End Country-Specific Immigrant Caps

President Obama proposed to eliminate country-specific caps for certain immigrant visa categories to stimulate small-business growth. Country-specific immigrant caps are limits on the number of immigrant visa the United States will grant each year. According to a White House statement, the purpose is to attract more high skilled foreign workers,…


USCIS to Ease Restrictions on Families Subject to 3 and 10 year bars

Many spouses and children of U.S. citizens qualify for legal immigration status, but are required to file the application overseas at their country of origin because they are unlawfully present in the U.S., also called “entering without inspection.” If they were unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 180…