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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor striking down section 3 of the DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the act violated equal protection protected under the 5th amendment to the Constitution.  As a result of this decision, gays and lesbians cannot be discriminated against with […]

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Must Petitioner of Permanent Resident Application Move to the United States with Beneficiary?

A United States citizen may sponsor close family members for immigrant visas while living abroad with the understanding that at the end of the process the petitioner will relocate to the United States along with his/her relatives.  For immediate relatives, the I-130 petition may be filed at a U.S. Consulate close to where the petitioner […]

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Can I Enter the United States While my Immigrant Visa Petition is Pending?

The answer to this question is a qualified yes.  If an I-130 petition has already been filed on your behalf,  the officer inspecting you at the U.S. border will be aware that you are an intending immigrant.  Because you are seeking entry as a visitor, there is a conflict between what your intention must be […]

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Travel to United States after applying for Immigrant Visa

Q:  My wife and I are currently residents of Canada, but as a U.S. citizen I would like to sponsor her to become a U.S. permanent resident.  When she acquires her status we intend to move to the U.S.  My question is, after your office files the I-130 petition on our behalf, will my wife […]

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